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House of Assembly, Tasmania

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To date - and surely that will change now - there has been absolutely no transparency about the proposed Marinus Link.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Jun 2023

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Censure in Minister for Energy and Renewables

We will support the seeking of leave because it is clearly an urgent matter - not just because this price rise cap has come down.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Jun 2023

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Community Services and Development – Energy Costs

Minister, on energy poverty and TasCOSS Charlie Burton was very clear about this being such a priority issue.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Jun 2023

A family of tenants in their front yard.

Greens Back Social Sector Funding Increase

​​​​​​​The Greens strongly support the Fair Funding campaign launched today by Tasmania’s 14 key community service organisations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Feb 2023

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Electricity Supply Industry Amendment (Cap Power Prices) Bill 2022

We are having, essentially, the same discussion we had four months ago. I agree that the year dates have changed and this is for a wider number of years.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2022


Stadium Plan Insulting to Tasmanians in Need

he secretly decided mega-million dollar stadium plan for Macquarie Point is an insult to every Tasmanian who can’t afford their rent or is living in a tent.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2022

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Electricity - Pricing Structure

If there was an award in this place handed out for tedious repetition - the Standing Order 151 Award - it would undoubtedly go to Mr Barnett.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2022

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Residential Tenancy (Rental Market Reform) Amendment Bill 2021

The Residential Tenancy (Rental Market Reform) Amendment Bill 2021 makes four overdue reforms to the Residential Tenancy Act of 1997.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2022

Basslink, Thyristor Valve, George Town

Electricity Supply Industry Amendment (Price Cap) Bill 2022

So we have 120 000 people living in poverty and we have tens of thousands of people who are on low to moderate incomes who are also really feeling the squeeze.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2022

Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Derwent Ferries Should Stay Free

The decision to charge all passengers for using the Derwent ferry service is a backward step for greater Hobart commuters.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jul 2022


Greens’ Support for Tasmanian AFL and AFLW Teams

Our firm support for the State’s AFL bid, however, did not include backing in a new stadium – and will not. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2022

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Cost of Living

No one could argue that not nearly enough money is being put into supporting people in Tasmania who are having a very hard time every single day.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 May 2022

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Rising Cost of Living in Tasmania

It is very disappointing to see such a tepid, lazy and populist approach to cost of living from Labor.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2022

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Tasmanians Let Down by Morrison Budget

Lutruwita/Tasmania and its people have been sorely let down by Scott Morrison’s pre-election budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Mar 2022

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Cost of Living Pressures

Most of it lays out some of the facts relating to the challenges people are having with cost of living at the moment.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Mar 2022


Public Transport Should Be Free. Full Stop.

While five weeks of free bus travel is a good start, it’s shouldn’t end in April.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Mar 2022

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Aurora – Financial Stress

Earlier this year we heard that apparently $3.6 million remained unspent of the $5 million COVID-19 customer support fund that Aurora had.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Nov 2021

Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Greens Deliver Vision for Fairer, Healthier Lutruwita/Tasmania

Our Alternative Budget recognises far too many people are struggling to put a roof over their head, access healthcare, pay bills, or put food on the table.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Sep 2021

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Treasury Miscellaneous (Cost of Living and Affordable Housing Support) Bill 2021

There are actually some excellent initiatives here, particularly around encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles through registration offsets.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2021

Happy Children, Playing with Parents

Tackling Poverty Must be a Priority of the New Parliament

Tasmanians shouldn’t have to worry about how they are going to pay the rent, keep the power on or feed their family.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Apr 2021

Air View of Houses

Struggling Tenants Need Labor’s Support

Tasmanian tenants need Labor’s support to protect them from the massive, unreasonable rent hikes they are facing. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Mar 2021

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Power Bill Hardship Doubles Under Liberals

The Energy in Tasmanian 2019-20 Report reveals the proportion of residential and small business customers repaying a power bill debt in Tasmania has doubled.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Mar 2021

Risdon Brook Reservoir, Tasmania

Electricity, Water and Sewerage Pricing (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2020

We need to be mindful of the potential for very significant shocks to people when they receive their water and sewerage bill and their electricity bills.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Nov 2020

House of Assembly, Tasmania

Greens Move on Job Guarantee Passes Parliament

We were proud to see our job guarantee motion pass Parliament this evening. 

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

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The Cost of Living

This minister's record on power prices which he speaks of, often falsely, will be cold comfort to those people who have had significant spikes in their bills.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Sep 2020

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Draft Code of Practice - Fuel Price Reporting

This will require fuel retailers to - largely in real time - provide information to motorists about the retail price of petrol through their outlet.

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

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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

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

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Barnett Misleads Over Pensioner Payment Advice

Energy Minister, Guy Barnett, today wilfully refused to answer questions in GBE hearings on the $125 pre-election payout to pensioners.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Dec 2017

Homeless Man

Fair Approach to Fines Needed

The Tasmanian Greens support calls from Community Legal Centres for Tasmania to change the way fines are structured.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Oct 2017

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Liberals Attempt to Buy Votes with Pensioner Payments

The Liberals’ announcement of a $150 one-off payment to aged pensioners is a cynical attempt to buy votes.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Oct 2017

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Groom Misleads on Electricity Costs

It was confirmed in Budget Estimates today that Hydro’s part of household power bills will go up 30% compared to last year.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2017

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Liberals Mislead Tasmanians over TEELS Scheme

The Energy Minister confirmed the Westpac credit card scheme the Liberals have fraudulently badged as a cost of living measure won't cost the government a cent.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2017

Green Economics

Real Cost of Living Relief in Greens' Alternative Budget

Our Alternative Budget allocates more than $6 million each year to genuine cost of living measures that produce long term savings to households.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2017

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A State Budget Bloated with Pork

The more you look at this Budget, the more cynical you become.  It’s very clear that it is designed to help the Liberals buy their way to the next election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2017

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Liberals Caught Out Misleading on Energy Costs

Today the Treasurer confirmed he expects power prices will rise under his Government after the 1st of July.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2017

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Liberals' Pre-Election Tinkering on Energy

The Hodgman Government has shied away from the hard work of restructuring how power prices are set in Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2017

Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Westpac's Return on Investment for Donations to Tasmanian Liberals?

Having scrapped the Labor Green Government's free energy efficiency scheme, The Liberals have adopted a Harvey Norman style credit scheme to be run by Westpac.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2017

Risdon Brook Reservoir, Tasmania

Courtney's Water Fail

Tasmania’s ailing water and sewerage infrastructure needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Apr 2017

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Tasmanians Lose Out On Power Bills

The Australian Energy Market Commission reported the large decreases in TasNetworks' charges will be wiped out by increases in wholesale electricity costs.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Dec 2016

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Businesses Win at Expense of Low Income Households

TasNetworks confirmed their "cost reflective" policy will mean business power bills will benefit over Tasmanian households.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Dec 2016

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Groom Silent as Basslink Finances Fail

There's a real risk Basslink may go into liquidation, and the costs of the energy crisis to Tasmanians becomes even more unknown.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Oct 2016

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Energy Sector Reforms Insufficient

Tasmanian families will pay more for their power than they should despite the state moving to full retail competition (FRC) today.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  1 Jul 2014