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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

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

Fair Approach to Fines Needed

The Tasmanian Greens support calls from Community Legal Centres (CLCs) Tasmania to change the way fines are structured in order to ensure Tasmanians on low incomes are not going without food, clothing and shelter in order to pay their...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Oct 2017

Liberals Attempt to Buy Votes with Pensioner Payments

After three and a half years paying lip service to cost of living pressure, 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

Liberals Mislead Tasmanians over TEELS Scheme

In Budget Estimates today, 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

Real Cost of Living Relief in Greens' Alternative Budget

The Tasmanian Greens will continue the roll out of free energy efficiency upgrades to low income households and small businesses, delivering lasting cost of living relief to Tasmanians.

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

A State Budget Bloated with Pork

After three years of cuts and neglecting community services, the fourth Hodgman Budget focuses on extinguishing spot fires of community concern and scatters money around like confetti in the lead up to the election.

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

Liberals Caught Out Misleading on Energy Costs

The Hodgman Government has repeatedly promised to make energy more affordable for all Tasmanians, but today the Treasurer confirmed he expects power prices will rise under his Government after the 1st of July.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2017

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, and opted instead for a short pre-election sweetener for households and businesses. This is just tinkering around the edges,...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2017

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

Having scrapped the Labor Green Government's large scale, free, energy efficiency scheme for households, community groups and small business, the Liberals have instead adopted a Harvey Norman style credit scheme to be run by Westpac.

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

Courtney's Water Fail

Tasmania’s ailing water and sewerage infrastructure needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. The Liberals’ reckless and politicised handling of the matter, however, is almost beyond belief.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Apr 2017

Tasmanians Lose Out On Power Bills

The Australian Energy Market Commission '2016 Residential Electricity Price Trends' reported the large decreases in TasNetworks' charges will be wiped out by increases in wholesale electricity costs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Dec 2016

Businesses Win at Expense of Low Income Households

At today’s Government Business scrutiny committee, TasNetworks confirmed their "cost reflective" policy will mean business power bills will benefit over Tasmanian households'.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Dec 2016

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