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Tenant Protection Extension Welcome

Tasmanians living in rental homes will warmly welcome today’s announcement of extended residential rental protections and the Rent Relief Fund.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Sep 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

ANMF Submission Confirms North West PPE Allegations

The ANMF submission to the investigation of the North West COVID-19 outbreak confirms many public reports about the lack of access to PPE.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Sep 2020


Air View of Houses

Rent Relief Fund Must Be Extended

With borders closed until December, and federal income support to soon be cut, thousands of Tasmanians will be in financial hardship for months to come.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Aug 2020


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Covid-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment (Quarantine Debt Recovery) Bill 2020

It is entirely reasonable for government, on behalf of taxpayers, to recoup some of the costs of quarantine measures that are necessary to keep Tasmanians safe.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Aug 2020


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COVID-19 - Essential Worker Status

The economic and social fabric of Tasmania is being altered beyond a state that any of us could have predicted a year ago.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Aug 2020


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Budget Management

There is no question - we too had a briefing from Treasury - that Tasmania's finances are in a very difficult situation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Aug 2020


Air View of Houses

Government Must Listen to Struggling Tenants

The Gutwein Government needs to listen to Tasmanian tenants and act immediately to extend residential rental protections beyond the 30 September deadline. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Aug 2020


Science Lab

Community Leaders Should Support Public Health Advice

It is the responsibility of community leaders to support the advice of public health officials.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Aug 2020


Science Lab

Ministerial Statement on COVID-19

The announcement that the border restrictions will be maintained until 1 December is absolutely the right thing to do.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2020


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Border Controls

It has been seven weeks since we have been in this Chamber and much has changed in Australia in relation to where we are with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Resolutions Rescinded - COVID-19 Emergency Provisions

We will be supporting motion number 303 to return the business of parliament, in large part, to the way it was before.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2020


Aircraft, QANTAS Passenger Jet

COVID-19 - Definition of Essential Worker

What is the difference between an essential worker, an essential traveller, and someone who is subject to two weeks' mandatory quarantine?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2020


Air View of Houses

COVID Rental Protections Must Be Extended

The government must recognise the ongoing difficulties faced by Tasmanian tenants and extend the state’s residential rental protections beyond October 1.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Aug 2020


Lonely Child

Minister Must Explain COVID Child Safety Response

The Minister for Human Services must explain why vulnerable children were unable to access safe accommodation or key support services during COVID restrictions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Aug 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

Hear the Collective Sigh of Relief Across Tasmania

The vast majority of Tasmanians will be relieved the state’s tough border measures will be in place until at least the end of the month.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Aug 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Premier Needs to Stand Up to PM on Pandemic Income Supports

Premier Peter Gutwein needs to muscle up to the Prime Minister to prevent tens of thousands of Tasmanians from being driven to below the breadline.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jul 2020


Hospital Bed

Workers Submitting to NW Inquiry Need Protection Guarantee

The opening of submissions for the Independent Inquiry into the NW outbreak is welcome, but the government must guarantee protection for all who provide input.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jul 2020


Bushfire, Active Blaze

PESRAC Report Ignores Climate Emergency

Tasmanians have been sadly let down by the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Jul 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

State of Emergency Extension

The decision to extend the emergency declaration to match Victoria’s lockdown restrictions is understandable, and pragmatic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Jul 2020


Doctor with Patient

Government Must Prioritise Respiratory Health Housing Refits

The reports of respiratory illness from a Housing Tasmania complex in South Hobart are distressing.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jul 2020


Science Lab

COVID-19 Emergency

Things have changed dramatically across the globe when it comes to this pandemic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Land Tax Amendment Bill 2020

This amendment bill gives the Commissioner for State Revenue significant discretion in assessing applications for land tax relief.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020


Houses, Construction

Homebuilder Grants Bill 2020

We have some serious issues with the eligibility and the framework around the Commonwealth Homebuilder Grant.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC - Extension of Term of Office

The Greens are very happy that the Governor of Tasmania, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, has agreed to continue in that role until 9 June next year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020


Hospital Bed

Government Must Provide Worker Immunity for COVID Inquiry

Health workers and public servants who want to contribute to the independent inquiry into the North West COVID-19 outbreak should be guaranteed protection.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jun 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

COVID-19 Milestone A Tribute to All Tasmanians

Tasmania has reached a milestone after a three month battle that claimed lives, closed businesses and caused thousands of job losses.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Jun 2020


Chinese Flag

Tasmania must resist influence and reduce reliance on China

Two news items in the past week should be a wake-up call to any remaining doubters that Tasmania is far too heavily dependent on China.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Opinion  |  12 Jun 2020


Aircraft, QANTAS Passenger Jet

Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble a Winner

Now is the time to speed up negotiations on a Trans-Tasman travel bubble between Hobart and New Zealand.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

COVID-19 Emergency

We are in a unique time in Tasmania's history. For the first time in a very long time we are effectively sealed off as an island.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jun 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Joint Select Committee on Tasmania's COVID-19 Response and Recovery

A joint select inquiry with a specific reference is supported not only by a majority of members in the other place.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jun 2020


Wedge-Tailed Eagle

Gutwein Must Step Up on World Environment Day

The best gift the Gutwein Government could give Tasmania on World Environment Day is a policy reset.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2020


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Major Projects Legislation

The ongoing fight against exploitation has involved countless instances of communities pushing back.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Opinion  |  2 Jun 2020


Houses, Construction

Housing Led Recovery a Reality

The Premier’s announcement of increased housing investment and expansion of the HomeShare program is welcomed by the Greens.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jun 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

COVID-19 Emergency

I am happy and proud to be able to speak today about the Greens' interim submission to the Economic Recovery Advisory Council.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2020


Planning Documents

Jaensch Confirms Community's Major Projects Fears

Planning Minister Roger Jaensch demonstrated exactly why so many Tasmanians are concerned about the proposed Major Projects legislation in Parliament today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2020


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Major Projects Legislation

The Minister has been deceiving Tasmanians about the need for the damaging and unnecessary major projects legislation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2020


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

COVID-19 - Inquiry into Response

Despite a solid response to the pandemic and no evidence that they have anything to hide, the Premier is dismissive of a COVID-19 response inquiry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2020


Houses, Construction

Imminent Housing Spend Announcement Welcome

The Greens look forward tomorrow’s $3.1 billion construction announcement.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2020


Air View of Houses

Now is the Time to Regulate Airbnb

CoreLogic’s latest data about the availability of rental properties in Tasmania shows the clear impact Airbnb has had on housing availability.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2020


Green Economics

Greens Release Interim Recovery Plan for Better, Fairer Tasmania

The Greens have written to the Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council with our interim submission on the path out of the COVID-19 crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2020


Green Economics

Interim Submission to Recovery Council

The Tasmanian Greens interim submission to the Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  2 Jun 2020


Homeless Man

Winter Warning on Homelessness Crisis

The Greens urge Housing Minister Roger Jaensch to step up and ensure homeless Tasmanians don't bear the brunt of another freezing winter outdoors.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Greens Thank Teachers on Public Education Day

On Public Education Day, the Greens thank all teachers and support staff in the public system for the dedicated, tireless work they do.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

Undercutting Public Health Irresponsible

Constant pressure by some elected representatives for the Premier to accelerate the easing of social restrictions is irresponsible. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Recovery Council Has Critical Role in Avoiding Business As Usual

The Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council has a critical role to play in the future direction of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2020


Houses, Construction

A Housing Led Recovery for Tasmania

The Tasmanian Greens today released the first pillar in our plan for Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2020


Houses, Construction

A Housing Led Recovery

Tasmania’s long road to recovery from the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to shape our island’s future for the better and fairer.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  23 May 2020


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Logging During COVID-19

The continuation of destructive logging activity has been a disappointing blight on an otherwise thoughtful approach by the Premier through this pandemic.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 May 2020


Planning Documents

Rushed Major Projects Bill Wrong Way for Recovery

Tasmanians will be angry, but not surprised, at the Liberals’ plan to rush their divisive Major Projects legislation through Parliament.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 May 2020


Survey, Filling out Sheet

YWCA Housing Survey Highlights Need for Housing-Led Recovery

Homelessness data released in the YWCA National Housing Survey is a stark reminder of the depth of Tasmania’s housing crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 May 2020


Science Lab

Premier Must Listen to Health Advice Over Industry Lobbyists

The Premier is right to be concerned about a second wave of coronavirus disease.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2020


City Planners Around Table

No Place for Major Projects in Recovery

Tasmania’s largest council has sent a strong message to the Government that the Major Projects legislation is unnecessary and destructive.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2020


Air View of Houses

Rent Relief Fund Welcome

The Gutwein Government has today responded to the consistent advocacy on the part of the housing sector and the Greens for strong rent relief.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2020


Houses, Construction

Housing Led Recovery Should Increase Home Ownership

Government stimulus money might be better directed into increasing the supply of affordable housing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 May 2020


Hobart, Tasmania

Buy Tasmanian on World Whiskey Day

Times are hard for so many sectors of the economy, but Tasmanian whiskey distillers have cause to celebrate this World Whiskey Day.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 May 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Aggressive Infrastructure Spend Needs to Focus on Housing Led Recovery

The Greens urge the Premier to ensure increasing the supply of quality social and affordable housing is front and centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 May 2020


Construction, Work Site

Job Figures Savage, but Room for Measured Optimism

The ABS Job figures released today reflect the pain Tasmanians are feeling as a result of the pandemic shutdown.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 May 2020


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Leaders Must Listen to Young People in COVID-19 Rebuild

The Greens welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s 'Listening to Children and Young People in Tasmania Report 2019'.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 May 2020


Doctor with Patient

Clearance Tests for COVID-19 Needed

Public Health today confirmed two coronavirus patients, who were categorised as ‘recovered’, had subsequently redeveloped symptoms.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2020


Air View of Houses

Vacancy Data Highlights Need to Regulate Airbnb

SQM Research vacancy rate data released today clearly shows reform of short-stay accommodation is well overdue.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2020


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Large Net Debt Inevitable in Pandemic

News of Tasmania’s net debt likely to reach $2 billion within a year is unsurprising.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2020


Franklin River, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Unlocking of Green Spaces Welcome

The Greens welcome the Premier’s announcement that Tasmania’s green spaces will be open to locals from this coming Monday. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 May 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Steady as she goes Gutwein on the right track

The Premier has outlined a clear, staged and steady pathway to short term recovery from the coronavirus lockdown.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 May 2020


Science Lab

COVID-19 Matter of Public importance

I return to the letter that was written by some doctors from the north-west who have been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 May 2020


Doctor with Patient

COVID-19 - Concerns of North-West Doctors

North-west doctors have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been risking their safety, working day after day, caring for patients.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 May 2020


Planning Documents

COVID-19 - Major Projects Legislation

Regrettably, the Government is trying to make divisive and flawed major projects legislation the centrepiece of Tasmania's recovery.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 May 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Coronavirus Impacts on Economy

Over the next week or two we will be making some very large decisions about where we head in the near future.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 May 2020


Science Lab

COVID-19 Pandemic

On Friday we will hear from the National Cabinet the result of their views about where we are going to head in Australia.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 May 2020


Law Books

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Bill 2020

The Greens recognise that formulating this bill and balancing the interests that are contained within it has been challenging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 May 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

COVID-19 - Implementation of Recommendations

The north-west COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating for the families of people who died and hugely affected the 5000 people who went into quarantine.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 May 2020


Air View of Houses

COVID-19 Commercial and Residential Tenancy Protections

We recognise this state has moved to freeze evictions and rent increases for residential tenants.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 May 2020


Science Lab

COVID-19 Update

Some of us would have heard stories late last year of a mysterious virus coming out of Wuhan, China.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2020


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

COVID-19 Update

That piece of legislation handed government enormous powers. It had to be scrutinised. It should have been amended.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2020


Mental Health, Man on Couch

Coronavirus - We're all in this Together

It’s a strange time for all of us. We’re coming to terms with fundamental changes to daily life and how the world operates.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Opinion  |  15 Apr 2020


Science Lab

Community Testing a Critical Part of COVID-19 Suppression

The approach to COVID-19 testing in Tasmania needs to change for us to fully understand the pattern of transmission.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 May 2020


Air View of Houses

Greens Welcome Tenant Support Fund

In a pandemic emergency it’s essential that everyone has a secure and affordable place to call home.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 May 2020


takayna / tarkine, Tasmania

North West Doctors' Forest Protection Calls Must be Central to COVID-19 Recovery Plan

The plea from 23 GP's, registrars, and emergency doctors to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests should be heeded by all Members of Parliament.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2020


Houses, Construction

Social and Affordable Housing Key to Recovery

Significant investment in social and affordable housing would kickstart Tasmania’s social and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2020


Degraded Landscape, Midlands, Tasmania

Minister Barnett Needs a Big Rethink

Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, needs to take a broader view of Tasmania’s forestry sector and its role in this island’s recovery from coronavirus.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2020


Doctor with Patient

North West COVID-19 Restrictions

The Premier’s decision to ease restrictions for the North West will be welcome news for residents in the region.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 May 2020


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 2020 - In Committee

We should not be afraid to allow the Subordinate Legislation Committee to look at directions made by the Director of Public Health.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Hospital Bed

Ministerial statement - Update of Government COVID-19 Response

We are witnessing the most profound social and economic shock I believe that this island has experienced since the Great Depression.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Law Books

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 2020

In broad terms we are prepared to support this legislation, as we were prepared to support the first COVID-19 emergency legislation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

COVID-19 Related Standing and Sessional Order Adjustments

We recognise that we are in extraordinary times as a parliament and we very much appreciate the decision to return parliament.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Hospital Bed

COVID-19 - North West Regional Hospital Resourcing

The Chief Medical Officer's recommendations to prevent another outbreak were to fix the structure and resourcing, the process and the culture of hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Cruise Ship

COVID-19 North-West Outbreak - Ruby Princess and Actions of Border Force

Neither the Ruby Princess passengers nor health workers should carry blame, yet in a Westminster system somebody must be held accountable.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Homeless Man

Support for Rough Sleepers Welcome

The Greens warmly welcome the Premier’s announcement today that more support will be provided to homeless Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Apr 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Back To School Challenges for Teachers and Parents

Confusion still reigns in school communities and many teachers are highly stressed as Term 2 starts.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Apr 2020


Air View of Houses

COVID-19 Rent Freeze Welcome

Residential tenants can breathe a sigh of relief after the Premier’s announcement today of a freeze on rent increases.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Apr 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

State Parliament to Return Next Week

The Greens are pleased State Parliament will be returning next week. During this time of emergency and uncertainty, scrutiny of government is critical.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Apr 2020


Science Lab

Retesting of COVID-19 Patients is Critical

The revelation a couple were cleared to leave self-isolation, only for one of them to return a further positive COVID-19 test, is disturbing.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Apr 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

North West PPE Allegations Must Be Investigated

Allegations raised in The Saturday Paper* about the origins of the North West’s COVID-19 outbreak are serious.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Apr 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Return of Parliament

Mr Gutwein’s announcement that Parliament will return to more regular sittings will be welcomed by Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2020


Hospital Bed

The North West is Suffering

It is difficult to imagine the level of stress, anxiety and grief on the North West Coast today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2020


Burnie, North-West Tasmania

North West Testing Must Be Expanded

The current high rate of positive coronavirus test results being reported strongly suggests we must expand the testing being undertaken.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Apr 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Caution Urged on Term 2 Return

The Greens acknowledge the decision to reopen schools after the break for the children of essential workers and disadvantaged students.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Apr 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

Assurance on PPE Stocks Needed

It is deeply concerning that hospital staff continue to raise the lack of availability of personal protective equipment needed to do their job safely.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2020


Science Lab

Increased North West Testing Needed Now

The approach to COVID-19 testing in North West Tasmania must change to ensure we have the best chance of limiting the virus’ impact on the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Transparency Needed Over North West Coronavirus Outbreak

Tasmanians deserve maximum transparency over the circumstances that led to the coronavirus outbreak in the North West.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Apr 2020


Doctor with Patient

Unified Health System Needed Across Tasmania

It’s been almost two weeks since the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the takeover of private hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Apr 2020


Air View of Houses

Time to Move on Residential Rents Too

The Premier has today issued a Notice prohibiting evictions and freezing rent increases in commercial properties.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Apr 2020


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Avoiding a COVID-19 Prison Cluster is a Priority

The Greens commend the decision to suspend all prison visits, but remain concerned about the potential high risk for coronavirus transmission.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020


Hospital Bed

Hospital and Aged Care Visits Suspended

The news that hospitals and aged care homes will be closed to visitors will be difficult for many to hear - but is a critical public health measure.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020


Greyhound, Lying Down

COVID-19 Racing and Animal Welfare Support

The Greens are glad to hear the government have placed a deliberate focus on the welfare of greyhounds and horses not currently racing because of COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Tasmanian Students Should be Provided Laptops

It’s vital the government supports families without computer or internet access by providing laptops and WiFi for the duration of COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020


Homeless Man

Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing During COVID-19

The tenants in the 20-unit complex in Hobart facing a huge rent hike is further evidence the State Government must enact a freeze on rent increases.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Apr 2020


Doctor with Patient

North West Patients Need Reassurance on Health Services

With more cases of COVID-19 being announced daily residents need an assurance they will not need to leave the North West for critical health services.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Apr 2020


Hospital Bed

Private Hospital Must be Available Immediately in North West

Last week, the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2020


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Legislative Council Election Deferral Should Have Been Dealt with by Parliament

The Greens recognise the strong public health grounds behind the Director of Public Health’s decision to defer Legislative Council elections.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2020


Greyhound, Lying Down

Animal Welfare Must be Protected Through COVID-19

The decision to restrict the movements of Tasmanians is full of challenges but it’s required to save lives.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Apr 2020


Homeless Man

Evictions Freeze Order Welcome

We welcome the Order, gazetted today, to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from eviction.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Apr 2020


Science Lab

Premier Must Advocate for Casuals and Temporary Visa Holder Support

The Federal Government’s JobKeeper payment is welcome, but many casual workers and temporary visa holders in Tasmania are still at risk.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Apr 2020


Air View of Houses

COVID-19 Rental Evictions Order

The Greens are glad to hear the Premier say he will issue an Order today to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from evictions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Apr 2020


Doctor with Patient

Hospitals United in COVID-19 Crisis

The Greens welcome the federal government’s plan to underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2020


Hospital Bed

Coronavirus Deaths a Tragic Reminder to Stay Home

On behalf of the Greens, I offer our heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of the two Tasmanians who have lost their lives to the coronavirus.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2020


Science Lab

Go Hard, Go Early and Save Lives

Limiting people’s social movements outside their homes to all but essential activity is necessary to save lives.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Mar 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

COVID-19 Schools Announcement Welcome

The Greens welcome the Premier’s advice that parents should keep their children at home from school from Monday if they can.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Mar 2020


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package

The Greens acknowledge the enormous uncertainty and fear within in the community about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Mar 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Adjournment of Parliament

The Tasmanian Parliament has agreed to adjourn until the first scheduled sitting week after the winter recess.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Mar 2020


Science Lab

Covid-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020

This is, without question, the most consequential and sweeping legislation of powers parliament has debated.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Mar 2020


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Cognate debate on COVID-19 financial bills

On the way to work this morning we drove past the Centrelink offices in Hobart and the queue was stretching all the way down Barrack Street.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Mar 2020


Empty Classroom

COVID-19 School Closures

Medical evidence and the experience of other countries in the grip of COVID-19 tells us every day we delay effective social distancing is a day too long.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Mar 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

COVID-19 School Closures

How can it be that sending a child to school with hundreds of other children is not a risk but letting a child out to play with one or two other children is?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Mar 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Mixed Message on Schools Creating Confusion

The disconnect from government imposing strict physical distancing measures and not closing schools is creating confusion within the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

Ignoring COVID-19 Directions Puts Lives at Risk

The Greens implore all Tasmanians to take the coronavirus threat very seriously, to practice physical distancing and to stay home if they can.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2020


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Pokies Venues Must Close to Save Lives

It is reckless negligence towards at-risk people for poker machine venues to continue to operate EGMs during a lethal, global pandemic. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Mar 2020


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

COVID-19 Budget Delay

The Greens are relieved the State Budget has been delayed. It’s the right decision in a time of deep social and financial uncertainty.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2020


Lonely Child

Plan Needed to Protect Vulnerable Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

Our child protection services were already struggling, but COVID-19 is exacerbating the situation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2020


Empty Classroom

COVID-19 Request for School Closures

ANMF Tasmania has added its voice to the growing number of teachers, parents and medical professionals calling for our schools to be closed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Mar 2020


Education, Textbook and Laptop

COVID-19 - School Closures

Today you have declared a state of emergency, a clear acknowledgment of the great danger COVID-19 poses to our island community.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Mar 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Government Must Close Schools to Limit COVID-19 Spread

Today’s declaration of a state of emergency and implementation of tighter border restrictions were welcome moves by the Premier.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

State of Emergency, Quarantine Measures for Arrivals Welcome

The Premier has the Greens’ strong support for announcing a state of emergency for Tasmania. This decision will save lives.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2020


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

COVID-19 Concerns in Educational Facilities

Sydney has reported 50 new positive cases in the past 24 hours.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2020


Aircraft, QANTAS Passenger Jet

Tasmanian Access Card COVID-19

In Question Time this morning we asked the Premier about the travel arrival cards and the lack of resourcing and follow-up that is occurring at the airport.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2020


Aircraft, QANTAS Passenger Jet

COVID-19 - Tasmanian Access Card

People are asked to fill out a Tasmanian Arrival Card when they land but this is only a voluntary self-declaration process.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2020


Science Lab

COVID-19 - Assistance for Vulnerable People

We are worried about what happens to the most vulnerable in our community in the event of a wider outbreak and shutdown.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2020


Aircraft, QANTAS Passenger Jet

Gutwein Must Fix Tasmanian Arrival Card Process

Protecting Tasmanians from the risk of all COVID-19-infected travellers is essential to slowing the spread of the virus in our community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Mar 2020


Green Economics

Gutwein Government Will Have to Follow WA's Lead on Waiving Fees and Charges

Stimulating the local economy to buffer it from COVID-19 is important but the Gutwein Government needs to do more to support low income people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Mar 2020


Ambulance, Interior

Ministerial Statement - COVID-19 Response Measures

It is good to hear some of the things that the Premier has just announced.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Mar 2020


Science Lab

COVID-19 - Protection Measures

On current growth rates, the now 400 cases today in Australia of COVID-19 would become 10 000 by 4 April, in just a few weeks' time.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Mar 2020


Doctor with Patient

COVID-19 - Restrictions

More than 140 doctors have warned of impending disaster implored Government to do more before there is rapid community transmission.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Mar 2020


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Tasmanian COVID-19 Support Package

The Premier’s stimulus package announced today contains a number of positive measures to support businesses struggling with the coronavirus downturn.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2020


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Federal Group Must Prioritise People's Lives Over Profits

The Federal Group appears not to fully grasp the deadly seriousness of the health risk within their pokies venues.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2020


Doctor with Patient

Immediate Effective COVID-19 Restrictions Required

The State Government must immediately introduce a range of restrictions shown to slow the viral spread of COVID-19. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2020


Cruise Ship

COVID-19 Cruise Ship Risk Should be Mitigated by Government

This morning the cruise ship Magnifica decided to lock down all passengers on board for their own health and safety.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Mar 2020


Science Lab

COVID-19 Risk Management

A letter to Health Minister Sarah Courtney MP seeking information on COVID-19 preparedness.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  14 Mar 2020


Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania

Dark Mofo

The cancellation of Tasmania’s premier winter festival, Dark Mofo is sad, but in all likelihood a necessary measure.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Mar 2020


Doctor with Face Mask

Coronavirus and dentist mask shortage

A letter to Health Minister, Sarah Courtney MP, regarding Tasmanian dental practices access to face masks.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  6 Mar 2020


Doctor with Patient

Ministerial Statement - Coronavirus Update

Since the first reports of the coronavirus came out it has been quite difficult to have a full understanding of what this viral pneumonia disease is.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Mar 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health information

A letter to Health Minister, Sarah Courtney MP, regarding the adequacy of public health information in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  28 Feb 2020


Doctor with Patient

Reassurance about Coronavirus Pandemic Preparations Needed

The Health Minister must reassure Tasmanians about our state’s preparations if a pandemic pattern of the virus is declared.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Feb 2020


Port Arthur, Historic Convict Site, Tasmania

No Case for Taxpayers to Bail Out Tourism Businesses

The Tourism Industry Council wants taxpayers to compensate private tourism businesses hit by the downturn as a result of the coronavirus.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Feb 2020