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Principals Association Confirms Climate Anxiety in Primary Schools

Media Release - The Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) has found nearly two thirds of schools say they have insufficient resources to deal with anxiety in students.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Feb 2020

TASC Must Review Questionable Assessments and Improve Its Systems

Media Release - With hundreds of VET students across Tasmania likely affected by yet another stuff up in the Tasmanian Assessment Standards and Certification (TASC) assessments, the agency must review its processes as a matter of priority.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Dec 2019

Quality Education for all Tasmanian Students

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens believe that investment in education is one of the most important functions of government. Our...

Andrea Dawkins - 2 Feb 2018

Labor Matter of Public Importance - TAFE Tasmania

Parliamentary Activity - Mr Deputy Speaker, this is a very interesting and significant debate, particularly for young Tasmanians who are looking for affordable public vocational training options.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Oct 2019

Liberal Motion - Extension School Program

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, I always have great faith in our young people, in their capacity to learn and to grow and to be active in our community and to drive change.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Sep 2019

Estimates Reply - Deputy Premier

Parliamentary Activity - There is a truly outstanding range of depth and rich variety of courses young adults can choose from in year 11 and 12.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Jun 2019

Budget Reply Speech

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

AEU Executive Decision on Pay Offer

Media Release - The Greens welcome the progress between the AEU Executive and the government on wages policy.  These negotiations have been drawn out, and largely not conducted in good faith by the Hodgman Government.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 May 2019

Labor's Education Policy Insufficient and Disingenuous

Media Release - Labor’s education plan is insufficient, lazy policy that’s extremely disingenuous. They have let down educators, the AEU, but most of all – Tasmanian children.

Andrea Dawkins - 6 Feb 2018

Hodgman Must Abandon Cheap Tactics

Media Release - On Sunday, Premier Will Hodgman claimed the recent Australian Education Union report highlighting that there are less base grade teachers now than before this government was elected was “Fake News”.

Andrea Dawkins - 12 Dec 2017

East Derwent Primary School and Jordan River Learning Federation - Community Safety Maps

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Speaker, I wish to share with the House a really fantastic group of students, their teacher and Holly Sluiter from the Salvation Army and Communities for Children who came along on Monday...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Nov 2017

Rockliff Fails to Explain $188K Payment to TasTAFE CEO

Media Release - The TasTAFE Annual Report was belatedly released today, outside the statutory time frame and at the end of the sitting week, revealing TasTAFE's former CEO received a $188 000 separation payment despite being the subject of a damning...

Andrea Dawkins - 2 Nov 2017

Liberals Shoot the Messenger on Education Shortfall

Media Release - Independent analyst, Martyn Goddard, found state-educated students in Tasmania were being short-changed every year by an average of $908 each.

Andrea Dawkins - 27 Oct 2017

Early Years Education - Allocation of Funds

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister for Education over the allocation of early years education funding.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Aug 2017

Disability in Education Teachers Survey 2017

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP On tomorrow to move that this house –1.     Recognises the recent release of the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby - 2017 Teachers View Survey.

Andrea Dawkins - 12 Sep 2017

Disability Education Snapshot Shows Liberals' Continued Failure

Media Release - Today’s snapshot from The Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby continues to paint a picture of chronically underfunded class rooms.

Andrea Dawkins - 28 Aug 2017

Lower School Starting Age Funding Must be Invested in Early Education

Media Release - After more than 12 months of community outrage, the Liberals’ decision to remove their lower school starting age from Education Act changes is welcome.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Aug 2017

TasTAFE Investigation Highlights Need for Crime of Misconduct in Public Office

Media Release - The investigation into TasTAFE has highlighted the need for there to be a crime of misconduct in public office on the Tasmanian statutes.

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Jul 2017

State Budget Response

Media Release - The Hodgman Liberals have delivered an unsurprising pre-election Budget. Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage caused in health and education...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 May 2017

Integrity Commission Report into TasTafe CEO

Media Release - The Greens referred concerns about the governance of TasTafe to the Integrity Commission after serious allegations were raised with our office early last year. Those concerns centered around appointments and procurements specifically.

Andrea Dawkins - 23 May 2017

Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

Media Release - While Tasmania missed out any substantial infrastructure investment as a result of the Hodgman Liberals' failure, Tasmanians looking for a home or reliant on welfare are the big losers out of this Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 May 2017

Greens Launch Candidate for Lyons

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens are delighted to announce that Fraser Brindley will be the Greens’ lead candidate for the key seat of Lyons in the upcoming State election.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Apr 2017

Hodgman Government Caves to Extreme Right and Axes Safe Schools

Media Release - The Hodgman Government's decision to scrap funding for the Safe Schools' program is a sure sign the Premier and Education Minister have caved in to pressure from Senator Abetz, and the extreme Right within their ranks.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Apr 2017

Greens Call for Better Support for Students with Disabilities

Media Release - In Greens’ Private Members Time this week, we’ll move to affirm the rights of all Tasmanian students to a quality education, and the responsibility of the State Government to provide it.

Andrea Dawkins - 10 Apr 2017

Hodgman Must Stand Up for Northern Maritime Jobs

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Northern Tasmania spokespersonThe Australian Maritime College in Launceston is the national centre of naval expertise. Maritime engineering, research and business skills have been their focus for over 40 years....

- 29 Mar 2017

Hodgman Needs To Lead Drug Law Reform

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health and Police spokespersonThe Australia 21 Report, authored by former Premiers and Police Commissioners, has called on governments to look at drug use as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Mar 2017

Rockliff Must Investigate Biddulph Gag

Media Release - The Education Minister must immediately investigate the full circumstances which led to the attempted gag of Steve Biddulph.

Andrea Dawkins - 2 Mar 2017

Liberals Should Commit to Continuing Child and Family Centre Roll Out

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Education spokespersonIf the Hodgman Government is serious about strengthening families and lifting education outcomes, it will commit to funding the continued rollout of Child and Family Centres in rural and...

- 5 Feb 2017

NAPLAN Highlights Need for Equality in Education

Media Release - Postcode is still having a significant effect on students’ ability to learn and perform well in NAPLAN.  Unstable funding models, and the Federal Government's continual questioning of the funding principles of Gonski do nothing to ease it.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Dec 2016

Music, Count Us In

Parliamentary Activity - Ms Dawkins to move—That the House:—

- 16 Nov 2016

Liberals Cave to Extreme Right on Safe Schools

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

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Nov 2016

Rockliff Must Stand Up to Federal Counterparts on Education Funding

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that:—(a)           the proposed changes to the Tasmanian Education system tabled 21 September 2016 in the House of Assembly, heralding additional funding requirements of over $...

- 22 Sep 2016

Education Bill Has Gaping Holes

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonAll Tasmanians want to see education outcomes improve, but the Liberals' Education Bill has some gaping holes.We will take our time to closely scrutinise the legislation tabled today and...

- 21 Sep 2016

Call for Government to Invest in Skilled Workers and VET

Parliamentary Activity - Calls on the Liberal Government to heed the warnings of the hospitality, tourism and education sectors and ensure that Tasmania’s public VET system is adequately funded and supported, and to think outside the box in an effort to maintain a...

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Sep 2016

Education Act Changes Need Full Community Support

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonThe Greens look forward to seeing the government's final amendments to the Education Act when it's tabled in Parliament this week. We will be carefully considering the legislation once it's...

- 18 Sep 2016

Tasmania's Home Education System Highest Registration in the Country

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 13 September 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)                 Notes that:-(a)             the Tasmanian model for home education is regarded as being the most effective in the Nation;

- 13 Sep 2016

Ice Use Needs Government-Wide Action

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Police spokespersonThe Police Association’s concern about the increase in crimes against people in the last year should be taken seriously by the Government. Any assault on any individual is one too many.The...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Aug 2016

Book Week Enriches Children's Lives and Minds

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 25 August 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

- 25 Aug 2016

Call for Professional Development for Teachers in Disability Education

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 23 August 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—(a)           the recently released results of the second annual Teachers View Survey from the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby;

- 23 Aug 2016

takayna/Tarkine Still Under Threat

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Agrees that the takanya, or Tarkine, is a place of deep cultural significance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people and recognised globally as a region of outstanding cultural value.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2016

Science Week Promotes Understanding of Our World

Parliamentary Activity - Currently only 16 per cent of Tasmanian tertiary students are engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses, and as it is estimated around 75 per cent of jobs in the future will require some level of STEM training, we...

Andrea Dawkins - 18 Aug 2016

Tasmanian Schools Targeted in Overseas Pornography Ring

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for EDUCATION, Mr ROCKLIFF[10.37 a.m.]

- 17 Aug 2016

Back Down on Lower School Age Welcomed

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonWe welcome the Education Minister's announcement that he will abandon plans to lower the compulsory school starting age.We are pleased that the Minister Rockliff has heard the overwhelming...

- 18 Aug 2016

International Child Exploitation Ring in Tasmanian Schools

Media Release - It's very disturbing news that two Tasmanian schools have been named in the international child exploitation ring.

Andrea Dawkins - 17 Aug 2016

No Support for Rockilff's Plan to Lower School Starting Age

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Acknowledges:—(a)           the lack of public support for lowering the school starting age;(b)           that all the evidence suggests this policy will lead to worse outcomes for...

- 16 Aug 2016

Greens Release Alternative to Lower School Age Policy Initiative

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonPublic concern is growing over the Liberal Government's plan to lower the mandatory school starting age.The Greens' research to date confirms the evidence base for an earlier starting age is...

- 6 Aug 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - It gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed Alternative Budget for 2016-17. It continues a long-standing tradition of the Tasmanian Greens to present an alternative vision for the future of Tasmania. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

Minister Rockliff Warned of Early Learning Changes to Education Act

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 16 June 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—(a)           unlike mainland States, Tasmania does not currently have classified operational preschools in Early Childhood Education and Care services;

- 16 Jun 2016

Ministers on Notice to Ensure All Checks Are Done With Teen Challenge

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—(a)           that in December 2014 the Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP, announced the closure of the former Meander Primary School at Meander;

- 16 Jun 2016

Rockliff Feels Heat on Education Act Changes

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonThe Minister of Education tried to reassure Tasmanian parents about changes to the Education Act, due to be debated in the next session of Parliament.

- 14 Jun 2016

Rockliff Misleading Over Teacher Numbers

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonGovernment figures specify the number of full time teachers in the Department of Education at 4,555 in June 2014 and 4,396 in June 2015, a reduction of 158, after rounding.*

- 8 Jun 2016

LGBTI Issues: Ultimate Support for a Simple Life

Parliamentary Activity - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise tonight to respond to parliamentary secretary Mr Barnett's adjournment speech last evening on Safe Schools and his continued attack on LGBTI issues in this Parliament.

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Jun 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

Media Release - The Greens believe governments should have a vision for the future that extends beyond the next election.   We recognise that genuine planning for the 21st century requires a long term vision and the courage to make bold decisions to drive...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

Liberal Government Must Restore Teacher Numbers

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that:—(a)           the Liberal Government is embarking on once in a generation changes to the ‘Education Act’ which requires students to be engaged from 4½ until 18 years of...

- 31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Dishonest Liberal Government Budget Lacks Vision and Courage

Parliamentary Activity - Notes the Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget lacks courage and a vision for the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

Liberal Party Should Pay Back Donation from Unlawful Careers Australia

Parliamentary Activity - On 16 May 2016 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced it had accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Careers Australia Group Limited (Careers Australia).

Andrea Dawkins - 26 May 2016

My Education Website Poor Alternative to Pathway Planners

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 26 May 2016Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for EDUCATION and TRAINING, Mr ROCKLIFF[10.23 a.m.]

- 26 May 2016

Multicultural Friends of Parliament

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 25 May 2016[6.11 p.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Premier Says Eslake, TasCOSS, Anglicare Are Wrong

Parliamentary Activity - Economist Saul Eslake agrees that Tuesday's budget contains little for Tasmania, and the Tasmanian Council of Social Services and Anglicare have given the federal budget a big thumbs down.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 May 2016

Federal Budget Education Fail

Media Release - The Federal Budget handed down last night completely fails to deliver the crucial years 5 and 6 of Gonski for Tasmanian schools. Without targeted funding, our students aren't going to get the support they need to improve their educational...

Andrea Dawkins - 4 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Liberals Failed Tasmanian Students

Parliamentary Activity - In 2015 the Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP said the Government was considering funding the crucial years five and six of Gonski  but that funding has failed to materialise in last night’s budget and the Tasmanian Government is now...

Andrea Dawkins - 4 May 2016

Premier's Failure in Canberra Sees Tasmania Left Off the Budget Map

Parliamentary Activity - There was nothing in the Federal Budget for Tasmania's education system, no extra funding for years 5 and 6 of Gonski.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

Playgroups Pivotal in Early Learning

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 27 April 2016NOTICE OF MOTIONAndrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that:—(a)           National Playgroup Week was held from the 20 to 26 March 2016, with many “World’s Biggest Playgroup Day” events held...

- 27 Apr 2016

Hodgman COAG April Fool

Parliamentary Activity - WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2016Cassy O'Connor On tomorrow to move —That the House:—(1)           Notes the Council of Australian Government's meeting held in Canberra on 1 April 2016 - April Fool's Day.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Apr 2016

State Schools Ignored by Liberals

Parliamentary Activity - WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2016Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -That this House notes:

- 6 Apr 2016

Premier Must Stand Up for Schools at COAG

Media Release - Prime Minister Turnbull's attack on our public education funding would be crippling for Tasmania. Premier Hodgman needs to defend our schools staunchly at COAG.

Andrea Dawkins - 31 Mar 2016

Liberal Policy Shouldn't Undermine Education Further

Media Release - The announcement in today's State of the State address that the government will raise leaving requirement of students to Year 12 or a Certificate Three presents the ultimate test.

Andrea Dawkins - 9 Mar 2016

More State Support for Safe Schools Needed

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonMinister Rockliff and the state government should send Prime Minister Turnbull a strong message, by increasing support for the Safe Schools program.The state government needs to reaffirm...

- 28 Feb 2016

More Schools Should Be Safe Schools

Media Release - The federal government's attack on the Safe Schools Coalition is threatening the safety of young LGBTI people in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Feb 2016

VET Fee Caps - Deregulation By Stealth?

Media Release - Changes to VET Fee-Help (VFH) mean that many TasTAFE courses won't be filled for the year ahead. This can only mean that many young Tasmanians are missing out on a key part of their education.

- 24 Feb 2016

Time to Support TAFE, not Deregulate

Media Release - The leaked TAFE plans point to the removal of state responsibility for TAFE,  under a new Federal government plan to deregulate the sector.

Andrea Dawkins - 4 Feb 2016

Schools Still Hurting from Cuts

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonCuts to teacher numbers since the Liberal government took the axe to education should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind this week as the 2016 school year begins.

- 1 Feb 2016

Transparency on Education Secretary's Appointment Crucial

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonThe government needs to be completely open about the appointment of the new Secretary of the Department of Education.

- 23 Dec 2015

Tasmania Report Presents Multiple Challenges for the State

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokespersonThe TCCI 'Tasmania Report 2015' is a welcome, evidence-based contribution to the debate about how we, as a state, improve our economic self sufficiency, effectively invest in the...

- 9 Dec 2015

Beresford Wins Tasmanian Book Prize

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderRosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Member for FranklinAndrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for BassThe Tasmanian Greens MPs enthusiastically congratulate Quentin Beresford on winning the Tasmania Book Prize with his...

- 3 Dec 2015

Welcome News on Child and Family Centres

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonThe announcement today, from the Minister of Education, that there will be additional funding for increased staffing levels at Tasmania's Child and Family Centres is welcomed.

- 25 Nov 2015

E-School is Safe

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokesperson The Greens welcome the news that Minister Rockliff has back-flipped on a previous announcement to cut staff numbers to the Tasmanian E-School.The Greens were proud to sponsor a petition,...

- 26 Nov 2015

Government Needs to act on Tourism Skills Shortage

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokespersonThe government needs to face up to the skills shortages in construction and hospitality and implement a coordinated approach through State Growth and Education.We have so many untrained and...

- 5 Nov 2015

No Real Answers for Big Picture School in Launceston

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for EDUCATION and TRAINING, Mr ROCKLIFF

- 28 Oct 2015

Temporary Relief for City Campus Big Picture

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokesperson and Member for BassIt's comforting news that the government has put on hold any plans to move the City Campus Big Picture school until further discussions are had.The Big Picture model has...

- 2 Nov 2015

Gonski Week

Parliamentary Activity - Where Gonski funding has been provided to schools around the country, it is making a huge difference, but that still too many schools are missing out and that, sadly, many of those schools are in Tasmania;

Andrea Dawkins - 27 Oct 2015

Every Child Succeeds Initiative

Parliamentary Activity - NOTICE OF MOTIONTUESDAY 13 October 2015Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -That this House:

- 13 Oct 2015

Private VET Providers Peddle Dodgy Diplomas

Parliamentary Activity - Calls on the State Liberal government to undertake a review of the legislative requirements in Tasmania currently allowing private VET companies to target vulnerable Tasmanians and leaving tax payers to foot the bill.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Oct 2015

Pettit Contract: Liberals Skirt Around Circumstances of Non-Renewal

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for EDUCATION, Mr ROCKLIFF

- 25 Aug 2015

Rockliff Avoids Tough Questions on Students Living With Disabilities

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for EDUCATION and TRAINING, Mr ROCKLIFF

- 20 Aug 2015

No Explanation for Pettit Exit

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonEducation Minister Jeremy Rockliff has offered no good explanation for his decision not to renew Department of Education Secretary, Mr Colin Pettit's contract next year.

- 25 Aug 2015

Education Minister Needs to Find Compassion for Vulnerable Children

Media Release - Education Minister Rockliff today wouldn’t rule out implementing the remaining recommendations of the Ministerial Taskforce he established, but wouldn’t commit to it either.

Andrea Dawkins - 20 Aug 2015

Gutwein: Invest in Tasmanians

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Treasurer Gutwein to invest in the Tasmanian community, rather than counting his millions in the Treasury vault and dreaming of a spending splurge in the lead up to the next state election

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2015

Rosie Batty's Call for Investment in Schools Must be Heeded

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderIt was an enormous privilege to meet and talk with Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, in Hobart today, alongside my colleagues, Minister for Women, Jacquie Petrusma, and Shadow Attorney General, Lara...

- 4 Aug 2015

Federal Budget-Education

Media Release - The Commonwealth Budget has failed public education in Tasmania by failing to deliver on years five and six of the Gonski funding reforms, and breaking an election promise to implement the full loadings for students with disabilities this...

Nick Mckim - 13 May 2015

Post Year 10 Education

Media Release - The farce that is the Liberal’s post year 10 policy was re-affirmed this morning in Parliament when Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff did not refute assertions that the current arrangements would remain.

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School Reforms Rushed

Media Release - Tasmania’s public schools have been thrown into disarray due to Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff’s unnecessary haste and failure to consult with teachers and principals over the employment of extra literacy and numeracy teachers.

Nick Mckim - 23 Jun 2014