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Premier Can't Keep Pointing the Finger at McQuestin

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

Whether it’s on shady donations from foreign owned companies or the Federal Group, or dirty tricks in Pembroke, the Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.

It has become a hallmark of Will Hodgman’s leadership going back to, and beyond, the Mantach scandal.  Every time the heat is on, he points the finger at someone else.

Legislative Council Rejects Weakened Anti-Discrimination Laws

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In a victory for a just, fair, kind Tasmania, the Legislative Council has rejected the Hodgman Liberals' divisive attempt to weaken the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 in the lead up to the postal survey on marriage equality.

LGBTI Tasmanians, their families and friends will breathe a huge sigh of relief that State law will continue to provide them with strong protection as the national marriage equality debate ramps up.

The failure of this legislation points to a failure of Will Hodgman's leadership. 

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

Facing a storm of stakeholder and community condemnation and defeat in the Legislative Council, the Hodgman Liberals have cynically delayed debate on two divisive, contentious pieces of legislation until after the 3 May Legislative Council election.

There isn't much that's transparent about the Liberals, but we can see straight through this attempt to see if a shift in the balance in the Upper House will tip the vote on high conservation value logging and weakening the anti-discrimination Act in their favour.

Wicked Campers' Move Welcome But What About Weakening of Anti-Discrimination Law?

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

Tasmanian women and girls will welcome moves to ban from the State's roads vehicles which display offensive, sexist signage.

The most obvious example of this in recent times has been Wicked Campers' vehicles, which are often emblazoned with revolting images and words that demean women and girls. 

The Greens will support this legislation, but we'll also be pointing out the lack of consistency in the Liberals' approach to discrimination.

Liberals Cave to Extreme Right on Safe Schools

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokesperson

At their State Council meeting today, the Tasmania Liberals passed a Motion to abolish the Safe Schools program. 

Passing this Motion sends a frightening message to LGBTI Tasmanians, their friends, families and school communities. It's clear the Tasmanian Liberal Party does not, and will not, support them.

Safe Schools is a program that helps to create safe and supportive environments for young LGBTI people.  It is a critical resource for teachers to help end discrimination and bullying in schools. 

Time for Liberals to Abandon Anti-Discrimination Changes

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The revelation through Right to Information that only one of 80 submissions to government supported changes to the State's anti-discrimination law is further evidence that the Liberals are on the wrong track.

RTI documents obtained by Civil Liberties Australia (Tas) expose an opaque process where submissions were not made public.

They also confirm this is a deeply unpopular push by hard Right Liberals which should be abandoned.

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