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House of Assembly, Tasmania

Jaensch Stench Wafting Around Gutwein

While the Liberals and Ms Ogilvie are apparently content to accept dishonesty in Parliament, we’re not.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Oct 2020


Film Industry, Videographer

Shane Broad Reveals Authoritarian Streak

Labor’s Shane Broad has revealed his authoritarian streak, with an unpleasant display in last night’s parliamentary Adjournment Debate.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2020


Law Books

Major Projects Legislation - Comments made by Minister for Planning

The Minister's threat to abandon the major projects legislation if the upper House passes amendments are an assault on the democratic function of parliament.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

International Day for Democracy

Today is International Day for Democracy and in a time of pandemic it is even more critical that we nurture and protect the foundations of our democracy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020


Pile of Woodchips

Minister Barnett Struggles with Truth, it's There in Black and White

Minister Guy Barnett’s constant refusal to be honest is disrespectful to both the Tasmanian people and their democratic processes. 

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


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

In a Worrying Sign, Premier Confesses He Can’t Walk and Chew Gum on Donations Reform

On the International Day of Democracy, Premier Peter Gutwein dismissed public concerns about the need for political donations law reform in Parliament today. 

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


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Misleading by the Government

In two recent cases, right to information disclosures have shown in black and white that the Minister has misled the Tasmanian people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020


Shaking Hands

Political Donation Laws Review

The report of the review into Tasmania's political donations laws has been sitting on your Attorney-General's desk since late last year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020


Shaking Hands

Even Paul Lennon Calls for Donations Transparency

On statewide radio this morning, former Labor Premier and mouthpiece for Federal Hotels, Paul Lennon, called for real time disclosure of political donations. 

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


Planning Documents

Major Projects Submissions Withheld from Legislators

A large number of submissions made on the Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill are being withheld from scrutiny by legislators.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Aug 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Comment by Member for Clark, Ms Haddad

Ms Haddad should have the insight and the guts to apologise. Ms Haddad is consciously or unconsciously running Chinese Communist Party talking points.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 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


Planning Documents

Where Will Labor Stand on Major Projects?

Tasmanians are passionate defenders of their place. Communities having a say has always been, and should remain, central to planning laws. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 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


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Greens Stand Alone on Major Projects Legislation

Labor declared their hand on the contentious Major Projects Bill today - they’ll be backing in the Liberals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 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


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Greens Refer Barnett, Archer and WorkSafe CEO to Integrity Commission

The Tasmanian Greens have today written to the Integrity Commissioner asking him to investigate allegations of the serious misconduct.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Feb 2020


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Integrity Commission referral of Archer, Barnett and Cocker

Referral of Attorney-General Archer, Minister Barnett, and WorkSafe Chief Executive Mark Cocker to the Integrity Commission for investigation of misconduct.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  27 Feb 2020


Protest, Climate Emergency

Court Vindicates Forest Defenders' Right to Peaceful Protest

Today’s decision by the Magistrates Court to uphold the Bob Brown Foundation’s Appeal against the government’s protest ban is very welcome news.

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


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Select Committee on the House of Assembly Restoration Bill Report Tabled

The Committee found there is strong support for the restoration of the House of Assembly to 35 Members from a broad range of stakeholders. 

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


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Gutwein Must Commit to Donations Reform

Tasmanians worried about the state of our democracy would have been even more worried after listening to Premier Peter Gutwein on ABC Radio this morning.

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


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Major Parties Cash in on Secret Millions

Today’s Australian Electoral Commission annual donations returns reveal vested interests are still pouring funds in to the Liberal and Labor parties.

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

Priorities of Government

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the Government's prioritisation of political legislation over meaningful policies.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019


Protest, Climate Emergency

Anti-Protest Legislation

Cassy O'Connor rises on the adjournment to criticise the Government's anti-protest legislation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019


Protest, Climate Emergency

Liberals, Ogilvie Vote to Gag Democracy

If it wasn’t chilling enough for the Liberals to erode democratic rights with anti-protest laws, today they gagged debate on the legislation itself.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Nov 2019


Protest, Climate Emergency

Workplace (Protection from Protesters) Repeal Bill 2019

A bill for an Act to repeal the Workplace (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 and to revoke certain legislative instruments consequent on that repeal.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Greens Bill  |  28 Nov 2019


Protest, Climate Emergency

Greens Call on TCCI to Withdraw Support for Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

The Greens have today written to the TCCI asking them to withdraw their support for the Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Amendment Bill. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Nov 2019


Protest, Climate Emergency

Hodgman Liberals Marching Tasmania Towards a Police State

The Liberals are determined to stifle the right to peaceful protest in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Nov 2019


Law Books

Electoral Act Review Submission - Addendum

An addendum to the Electoral Act review submission, pertaining to the High Court decision in relation to section 29(10) of the Electoral Funding Act 2018 (NSW).

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  20 Feb 2019


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Electoral Act Review Submission

The Tasmanian greens Submission to the Electoral Act review.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  18 Feb 2019


Public Meeting, Town Hall

Local Government Legislation Review - Phase One

The Tasmanian Greens submission to phase one of the local government legislation review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  1 Mar 2019


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Democracy not for Sale

The Tasmanian Greens want to ban political donations from corporate donors and require real-time donation disclosure for donations over $1,000.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  1 Feb 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

A Watchdog With Teeth

The Tasmanian Greens support increasing Intergrity Commission powers and introduce the offence of misconduct in public office.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  19 Feb 2018


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Sessional Orders Amendment

We will be proposing a further amendment to the Sessional Orders over and above what is presented to us here today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Sep 2019


Public Meeting, Town Hall

Local Government Legislation Review - Phase Two

The Tasmanian Greens submission to phase 2 of the Local Government Legislation review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  16 Aug 2019


Protest, Climate Emergency

Incitement of Violence on Hong Kong Protesters Must be Condemned

The Tasmanian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China (CPPRC) appears to be openly inciting violence.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Aug 2019


University of Tasmania

Pro-Beijing Forces on UTAS Campus Tear Down Lennon Wall

Cassy O'Connor speaks out over pro-Beijing students tearing down the symbolic Lennon Wall at UTAS.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Aug 2019


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Donations Disclosure Laws

Tasmanians still do not know how many millions the gambling industry poured into the election campaign in order to guarantee profits until 2043.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Aug 2019


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

RTI Delays and Secrecy Routine Under Hodgman Liberals

The Hodgman Government’s shameful attachment to secrecy has been laid bare in the national media.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Jan 2019


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Tasmania Bottom of the Nation on Transparency

The Liberals’ undermining of Tasmania’s democracy through heel-dragging on political donations has Tasmania lagging the nation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Media Guidelines for Parliament of Tasmania

The Parliament of Tasmania has issued media guidelines that prohibit journalists taking photographs of MPs who are not on their feet.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Oct 2018


Parliament House, Tasmania

Extended Dorothy Dixers Show Contempt for Tasmanians

Question Time this week has reached all new lows with close to half of the time taken up with self-congratulatory Dorothy Dixer questions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Sep 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Donations Reform 'Review' a Cop Out

The beneficiary of Tasmania's weak donations' disclosure regime, Will Hodgman, has announced a year-long review into electoral reforms.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Liberals' Foreign Investor Tax Tinkering at the Edges

The Liberals are playing catch up on the growing level of foreign ownership and influence in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Feb 2018


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Tasmania Needs a Charter of Human Rights

The Greens will bring Tasmanian law into the 21st century and protect Tasmanian individuals and communities with a Charter of Human Rights.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Tasmanian Liberals Rake in Donations, Declare Less than a Quarter

The latest AEC disclosure returns reveal the Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations but only declared the sources for $498 000.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Greens Committed to Cleaning Up Tasmania's Democracy

For too long, corporate donors wanting to protect their profits have used the money they tip in to the old parties as leverage.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Jan 2018


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Liberals Must Update Electoral Boundaries Before State Election

Many Tasmanians are set to head to the polls in March and vote to elect local representatives who won't actually represent them for the Parliamentary term.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  26 Nov 2017


Public Meeting, Town Hall

Liberals' State Election Positioning at Expense of Democracy

The Minister for Local Government failed to explain why he is ordering a Glenorchy Council election for early January, but leaving the Huon Valley another year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Oct 2017


Protest, Climate Emergency

Right to Peaceful Protest Law - High Court Decision

The entire country now knows a bad law brought in by the Government has led to a landmark High Court decision affirming the right to peaceful protest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Oct 2017


Protest, Climate Emergency

Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act - High Court Challenge

In a massive slap in the face to the Government, the High Court has just ruled in favour Bob Brown's challenge to the Government's draconian anti-protest laws.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Oct 2017


Protest, Climate Emergency

Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

The Liberals' draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws have been found to be in breach of the Australian Constitution by the High Court.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Oct 2017


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Liberals Need to Recommit to Restoring Parliament Numbers

The Greens welcome new Labor Leader, Rebecca White's support for restoring the numbers in the House of Assembly to 35.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Mar 2017


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

Following Prime Minister Turnbull's encouraging comments about exploring 'more timely' political donations disclosure, Premier Hodgman should follow suit.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Feb 2017


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Hare-Clark Electoral System

Hare-Clark electoral system is the fairest, most representative and democratic electoral system in the modern world.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Nov 2016


Gender Equality

Baby Steps for Tasmania's Parliament

Today's announcement by House of Assembly Speaker, Elise Archer, that babies will be no 'strangers' in our House, is warmly welcomed.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2016


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Liberals' Attack on Democracy

Tasmanian Liberal party members conference vote to abolish Hare-Clark is a transparent and shameless attempt to cling on to power.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Nov 2016


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Premier Failing to Act on Bullying Allegation

A female Member of Parliament has made a very serious allegation of bullying and intimidation against a male Minister in the Premier's Cabinet.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Sep 2016


Hobart Private Hospital

Old Parties Refuse to Support Real Time Donations Disclosure

The Greens are disappointed both the Liberal and Labor Parties joined together, once again, to vote against donation transparency and democratic process.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2016


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Time to Restore the Numbers in Parliament

The Greens welcome the calls from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to restore the numbers in the Tasmanian Parliament.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2016


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Premier Flags Weaker Anti-Discrimination Pre-Plebiscite

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2016


Protest, Climate Emergency

Liberal Fail on Dud Anti-Protester Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2016


Protest, Climate Emergency

Collision Course for High Court

Tasmania’s draconian Anti Protest Law is heading for a High Court challenge after the Government voted against a Greens bill to repeal the legislation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2016


Protest, Climate Emergency

Time to Scrap Liberals' Protest Laws

The decision by Tasmania Police to drop charges against Bob Brown is further evidence we'd be far better off without the Liberals' protester laws.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 May 2016


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Regrettable First Day Back for Parliament

After a three month break, the entire resources and energy of State Parliament on today's return have been invested in a lengthy farce.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Mar 2016


Parliament House, Tasmania

Jaensch Misleads over Dorothy Dixers

Braddon Liberal MP, Roger Jaensch is wilfully misleading over Parliamentary practice in the last term of government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2015


Parliament House, Tasmania

Dorothy Dix 'Good News' Milestone

The Liberals celebrated their 250th self-congratulatory Dorothy Dix in Question Time today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Oct 2015


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Senate Pre-selection Process

I can confirm that I have decided to nominate for pre-selection as a Senator for the Tasmanian Greens.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  11 May 2015


Franklin River, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Tribute to Christine Milne

Tasmanian Greens Leader Kim Booth MP today paid tribute to outgoing National Greens Leader Christine Milne.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  6 May 2015


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Senator Milne's Announcement

Christine is a champion of Tasmania, and of the planet, and can be absolutely proud of her legacy.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  6 May 2015


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Protect Parliament from Parties' Self-Interest

Parliamentary reform should always be driven by the aim of ensuring it is serving a strong healthy and robust democracy.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2014


Protest, Climate Emergency

Anti-Protest Bill Passed-But Unworkable

People who care about a healthy democracy will be mourning the passage of the government's extreme anti-protest legislation.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  25 Nov 2014


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Hare-Clark

Tasmania’s Hare-Clark system has long been recognised as the jewel in western democracies’ crown.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  13 Oct 2014


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Respect Voters' Decision

The Tasmanian Greens Party is clearly the only State political party prepared to respect the democratic will of the voters.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2014


Parliament House, Tasmania

Parliamentary Resourcing

Greens Leader Nick McKim has challenged Will Hodgman to identify which law he is referring to that prescribes resourcing and parliamentary rights.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  28 Mar 2014