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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

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

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

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

Integrity Commission referral of Archer, Barnett and Cocker

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  27 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

Electoral Act Review Submission - Addendum

An addendum to the Tasmanian Greens Electoral Act review submission, dealing with matters pertaining to the High Court...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  20 Feb 2019

Electoral Act Review Submission

The Tasmanian greens Submission to the Electoral Act review.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  18 Feb 2019

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

Democracy not for Sale

The Tasmanian Greens want to ban political donations from corporate donors and require real-time donation disclosure...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  1 Feb 2018

A Watchdog With Teeth

The Tasmanian Greens believe that anti-corruption laws and institutions need to be strong for democracy to function...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  19 Feb 2018

Alternative Budget 2019-20

Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget for the financial year 2019-20.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donations Reform 'Review' a Cop Out

The beneficiary of Tasmania's weak donations' disclosure regime at the last election, the Premier, Will Hodgman, has announced a year-long review into electoral reforms.  This is the political equivalent of looking like you are taking...

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

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. Cashed up overseas buyers are not going to be dissuaded by a small tax hit.  The Liberals' policy will make no difference to housing...

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

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

Tasmanian Liberals Rake in Donations, Declare Less than a Quarter

The latest Australian Electoral Commission disclosure returns reveal the State Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations in 2016-17, but only declared the sources for $498 000.

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

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 for policy or legislative outcomes that are not in the best interests of the Tasmanian people.

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

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

Liberals' State Election Positioning at Expense of Democracy

In Question Time today, the Minister for Local Government failed to explain why he is ordering a Glenorchy Council election for early January, but leaving residents in the Huon Valley to wait another year before they have the same...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Oct 2017

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, the right to stand up to protect the environment.

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

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 of former Greens leader Bob Brown's challenge to your Government's draconian anti-protest laws.

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

Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

In a massive, justly deserved slap in the face to the Tasmanian Liberals, their 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

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. We encourage Premier and Liberal Leader, Will Hodgman, to restate the former unequivocal support he showed for a...

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

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

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

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

Liberals' Attack on Democracy

Tasmanian Liberal party members clearly don't believe in representative democracy. Their conference vote to abolish Hare-Clark is a transparent and shameless attempt to cling on to power by undermining one of the fairest electoral systems...

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

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

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

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

Premier Flags Weaker Anti-Discrimination Pre-Plebiscite

In Budget Estimates today, the Premier confirmed that his government has been lobbied by the Australian Christian Lobby to weaken protections in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 in the lead up to a likely plebiscite on marriage equality.

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

Liberal Fail on Dud Anti-Protester Laws

If Tasmanians needed any more proof that the draconian anti-protest laws are unworkable, ridiculous law, they have it today with charges against every Lapoinya arrestee dropped.

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

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

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

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

Jaensch Misleads over Dorothy Dixers

Braddon Liberal MP, Roger Jaensch is wilfully misleading over Parliamentary practice in the last term of government in order to deflect from the fact that the Liberals have to date asked 261 self-congratulatory Dorothy Dixers in Question...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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