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PESRAC Report Ignores Climate Emergency

Tasmanians have been sadly let down by the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Jul 2020

Government Must Prioritise Respiratory Health Housing Refits

The reports of respiratory illness from a Housing Tasmania complex in South Hobart are distressing.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jul 2020

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 Thank Teachers on Public Education Day

On Public Education Day, the Greens thank all teachers and support staff in the public system for the dedicated, tireless work they do.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2020

Leaders Must Listen to Young People in COVID-19 Rebuild

The Greens welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s 'Listening to Children and Young People in Tasmania Report 2019'.

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

Back To School Challenges for Teachers and Parents

Confusion still reigns in school communities and many teachers are highly stressed as Term 2 starts.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Apr 2020

Caution Urged on Term 2 Return

The Greens acknowledge the decision to reopen schools after the break for the children of essential workers and disadvantaged students.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Apr 2020

Tasmanian Students Should be Provided Laptops

It’s vital the government supports families without computer or internet access by providing laptops and WiFi for the duration of COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020

Principals Association Confirms Climate Anxiety in Primary Schools

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

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

TASC Must Review Questionable Assessments and Improve Its Systems

Hundreds of VET students across Tasmania are likely affected by yet another stuff up in the Tasmanian Assessment Standards and Certification assessments.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Dec 2019

Quality Education for all Tasmanian Students

Investment in education is one of the most important functions of government. Our schools need more funding for teachers and support staff.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Policies  |  2 Feb 2018

TAFE Tasmania

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Oct 2019

Extension School Program

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Sep 2019

Estimates Reply - Deputy Premier

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Budget Reply Speech

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 May 2019

AEU Executive Decision on Pay Offer

The Greens welcome the progress between the AEU Executive and the government on wages policy.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 May 2019

Labor's Education Policy Insufficient and Disingenuous

Labor’s education plan is insufficient, lazy policy that’s extremely disingenuous. They have let down educators, the AEU, and Tasmanian children.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2018

Hodgman Must Abandon Cheap Tactics

Premier Will Hodgman has claimed the recent Australian Education Union report was “Fake News”.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2017

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

The East Derwent Primary School worked with Colony 47, Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Smith Family to create community safety maps.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Nov 2017

Rockliff Fails to Explain $188K Payment to TasTAFE CEO

TasTAFE's former CEO received a $188 000 separation payment despite being the subject of a damning Integrity Commission investigation.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017

Liberals Shoot the Messenger on Education Shortfall

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  27 Oct 2017

Early Years Education - Allocation of Funds

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Aug 2017

Disability in Education Teachers Survey 2017

The TDERL provides parents of students living with disability in Tasmanian schools a voice.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2017

Disability Education Snapshot Shows Liberals' Continued Failure

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  28 Aug 2017

Lower School Starting Age Funding Must be Invested in Early Education

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  |  Media Release  |  15 Aug 2017

TasTAFE Investigation Highlights Need for Crime of Misconduct in Public Office

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  |  Media Release  |  5 Jul 2017

State Budget Response

Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2017

Integrity Commission Report into TasTafe CEO

The Greens referred concerns about the governance of TasTafe to the Integrity Commission after serious allegations were raised with our office early last year.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2017

Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

Tasmania missed out any substantial infrastructure investment as a result of the Hodgman Liberals' failure.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 May 2017

Greens Launch Candidate for Lyons

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  |  Media Release  |  30 Apr 2017

Hodgman Government Caves to Extreme Right and Axes Safe Schools

The Hodgman Government's decision to scrap funding for the Safe Schools' program is a sure sign the Government has caved in to pressure from Senator Abetz.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Apr 2017

Greens Call for Better Support for Students with Disabilities

In Greens’ Private Members Time this week, we’ll move to affirm the rights of all Tasmanian students to a quality education.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 Apr 2017

Hodgman Must Stand Up for Northern Maritime Jobs

The Australian Maritime College in Launceston is the national centre of naval expertise.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  29 Mar 2017

Hodgman Needs To Lead Drug Law Reform

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2017

Rockliff Must Investigate Biddulph Gag

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Mar 2017

Liberals Should Commit to Continuing Child and Family Centre Roll Out

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2017

NAPLAN Highlights Need for Equality in Education

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Dec 2016

Music, Count Us In

3 November 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Music, Count Us In, a virtual choir performed by more than 600,000 students from around Australia.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016

Liberals Cave to Extreme Right on Safe Schools

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Nov 2016

Rockliff Must Stand Up to Federal Counterparts on Education Funding

The proposed changes to the Tasmanian Education system are heralding additional funding requirements of over $100 Million.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

Education Bill Has Gaping Holes

All Tasmanians want to see education outcomes improve, but the Liberals' Education Bill has some gaping holes.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2016

Call for Government to Invest in Skilled Workers and VET

In Tasmania, the number commencing training or apprenticeship has dropped by 3,000 in the past decade.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2016

Education Act Changes Need Full Community Support

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2016

Tasmania's Home Education System Highest Registration in the Country

The Tasmanian model for home education is regarded as being the most effective in the Nation.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2016

Ice Use Needs Government-Wide Action

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2016

Book Week Enriches Children's Lives and Minds

Schools and public libraries joining teachers and children to celebrate Australian authors and illustrators during National Book Week.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Aug 2016

Call for Professional Development for Teachers in Disability Education

Over 500 teachers statewide took part in the Teachers View Survey with a whopping 90 per cent indicating Tasmania’s disability education system is inadequate.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Aug 2016

takayna/Tarkine Still Under Threat

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2016

Science Week Promotes Understanding of Our World

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2016

Tasmanian Schools Targeted in Overseas Pornography Ring

Reports emerged yesterday of two Tasmanian schools being targeted in an overseas pornography ring.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2016

Back Down on Lower School Age Welcomed

We welcome the Education Minister's announcement that he will abandon plans to lower the compulsory school starting age.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2016

International Child Exploitation Ring in Tasmanian Schools

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2016

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

The Tasmanian Greens have a fully costed alternative Policy to roll out 11 new Child and Family Centres.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2016

Greens Release Alternative to Lower School Age Policy Initiative

Public concern is growing over the Liberal Government's plan to lower the mandatory school starting age.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  6 Aug 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Minister Rockliff Warned of Early Learning Changes to Education Act

Unlike mainland States, Tasmania does not currently have classified operational preschools in Early Childhood Education and Care services.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2016

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

Teen Challenge Tasmania has received approval from the Meander Valley Council to establish their ‘Home of Hope’ at the former school site.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2016

Rockliff Feels Heat on Education Act Changes

The Minister of Education tried to reassure Tasmanian parents about changes to the Education Act, due to be debated in the next session of Parliament.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  14 Jun 2016

Rockliff Misleading Over Teacher Numbers

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 2016

LGBTI Issues: Ultimate Support for a Simple Life

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

Liberal Government Must Restore Teacher Numbers

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

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

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget lacks courage and a vision for the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Liberal Party Should Pay Back Donation from Unlawful Careers Australia

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2016

My Education Website Poor Alternative to Pathway Planners

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2016

Multicultural Friends of Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 May 2016

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

Federal Budget Education Fail

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Liberals Failed Tasmanian Students

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

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

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

Playgroups Pivotal in Early Learning

National Playgroup Week was held from the 20 to 26 March 2016, with many “World’s Biggest Playgroup Day” events held around the Country.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Apr 2016

Hodgman COAG April Fool

The Council of Australian Government's meeting was held in Canberra on 1 April 2016 - April Fool's Day.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 2016

State Schools Ignored by Liberals

That the Coalition Federal government have only committed to funding the Gonski reforms to the end of 2016-17.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 2016

Premier Must Stand Up for Schools at COAG

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  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2016

Liberal Policy Shouldn't Undermine Education Further

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  9 Mar 2016

More State Support for Safe Schools Needed

Minister Rockliff and the state government should send Prime Minister Turnbull a strong message, by increasing support for the Safe Schools program.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  28 Feb 2016

More Schools Should Be Safe Schools

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Feb 2016

VET Fee Caps - Deregulation By Stealth?

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Feb 2016

Time to Support TAFE, not Deregulate

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  |  Media Release  |  4 Feb 2016

Schools Still Hurting from Cuts

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2016

Transparency on Education Secretary's Appointment Crucial

The government needs to be completely open about the appointment of the new Secretary of the Department of Education.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  23 Dec 2015

Tasmania Report Presents Multiple Challenges for the State

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2015

Beresford Wins Tasmanian Book Prize

The Tasmanian Greens MPs enthusiastically congratulate Quentin Beresford on winning the Tasmania Book Prize with his  book, The Rise and Fall of Gunns Limited.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Dec 2015

Welcome News on Child and Family Centres

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  25 Nov 2015

E-School is Safe

The Greens welcome the news that Minister Rockliff has back-flipped on a previous announcement to cut staff numbers to the Tasmanian E-School.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  26 Nov 2015

Government Needs to act on Tourism Skills Shortage

The government needs to face up to the skills shortages in construction and hospitality and implement a coordinated approach through State Growth and Education.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Nov 2015

No Real Answers for Big Picture School in Launceston

The Big Picture School of the City Campus in Inveresk, Launceston has enjoyed ongoing success, providing a happy learning environment for disengaged students.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Oct 2015

Temporary Relief for City Campus Big Picture

It'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.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2015

Gonski Week

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Oct 2015

Every Child Succeeds Initiative

Anglicare's Every Child Succeeds initiativ, forms part of the Communities for Children program funded by the federal government.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Oct 2015

Private VET Providers Peddle Dodgy Diplomas

There are many examples in Australia of private companies charging upwards of $10,000 for diplomas in various fields.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Oct 2015

Pettit Contract: Liberals Skirt Around Circumstances of Non-Renewal

The middle of the school year is odd timing to take the Department of Education in a new direction and not renewing the secretary of the department's contract.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Aug 2015

Rockliff Avoids Tough Questions on Students Living With Disabilities

The Liberals are not even prepared to commit to implementing the recommendations of the task force they established.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Aug 2015

No Explanation for Pettit Exit

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff has offered no good explanation for his decision not to renew Mr Colin Pettit's contract next year.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  25 Aug 2015

Education Minister Needs to Find Compassion for Vulnerable Children

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Aug 2015

Gutwein: Invest in Tasmanians

916 full time positions that have been cut from the public service - the 158 teachers and 337 health professionals.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015

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

It was an enormous privilege to meet and talk with Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, in Hobart today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Aug 2015

Preliminary State Budget Response

If you are homeless, sick, have children in public schools, or care about the environment and action on climate change, the Budget has let you down. 

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2015

Federal Budget-Education

The Commonwealth Budget has failed public education in Tasmania by failing to deliver on years five and six of the Gonski funding reforms.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  13 May 2015

School Funding-Minister is all Over the Place

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff's claim that public schools have received an increase in funding beggars belief.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2015

Public School Funding Fears

Minister Rockliff has secretly increased funding to non-government schools while slashing funding for public schools by over $18 million.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2015

Years 11 & 12 Concerns

Minister Jeremy Rockliff intends to abolish the independent Tasmanian Qualifications Authority without having a replacement plan in place.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  29 Jan 2015

Gonski Undermined

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff is bastardising the Gonski reforms with his cuts to public school staffing.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  14 Nov 2014

School Chaplains

The Minister for Education has backed down under pressure from Christopher Pyne by failing to stand up against the new rules for school chaplains.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  4 Nov 2014

Pathway Planners Pressure Grows

The Greens welcome the Legislative Council inquiry into the impacts of the government’s decision to abolish the Guaranteeing Futures program.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  8 Oct 2014

Teacher Pay Cuts

The Treasurer has not rejected the allegation that his pay cuts will cost a first year teacher who has trained for five years $23 000 over three years.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  3 Sep 2014

Pathway Planners Job Cuts

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff has refused to confirm exactly how many Pathway Planners will lose their jobs under his budget cuts to education.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  2 Sep 2014

Post Year 10 Education

The farce that is the Liberal’s post year 10 policy was re-affirmed this morning in Parliament.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  26 Jun 2014

School Reforms Rushed

Public schools have been thrown into disarray due to unnecessary haste and failure to consult over employment of extra literacy and numeracy teachers.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  23 Jun 2014

Tasmania Needs Gonski

Hodgman should seize the opportunity presented by today’s visit by the Prime Minister to urgently lobby for a rethink on his cuts to education funding.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  22 May 2014