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Alternative Budget 2019-20

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Liberals' Secret High Conservation Value Logging Talks Revealed

Media Release - Right to Information documents released to the Greens reveal the forest industry have been in secret talks with the Liberals to open up 356,000ha of high conservation, carbon bank forests set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Dec 2019

Macquarie Harbour Salmon Escape

Media Release - The Minister for Primary Industries, Guy Barnett, must come clean on reports of mass salmon escapes in degraded Macquarie Harbour. Tasmanians need to know how many salmon have escaped and why.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Dec 2019

TasWater Confirm No Penalty for 6 Million Litre Sewerage Spill

Media Release - In GBE hearings today, TasWater confirmed there has been no infringement or fine issued for the 6,000,000Lt sewerage spill from their Macquarie Point Treatment Plant in August this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 Dec 2019

Review Must Protect Tasmanian Planning Commission Independence

Media Release - We need a strong independent Planning Commission so it can continue to uphold the sustainable development objectives that protect what makes Tasmania special.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Oct 2019

Bicheno Penguin Deaths Demand Government Action

Media Release - Thirteen little penguins were today found dead near the Bicheno blowhole, with cause of death yet to be determined – but likely to be from dog attack.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Sep 2019

Leaked Polling Proves No Social Licence for Native Forest Logging

Media Release - The Hodgman Liberals remain committed to logging 356,000 hectares of high conservation value forests that were set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Sep 2019

Gutwein's Dodgy Loan Approval

Media Release - The Treasurer approved the $4 million loan in 2017, before EPBC Act approvals needed to build the Twamley Dam had even been granted by the federal government. Those approvals still have not been issued, and the process has stalled.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Sep 2019

No Public Fund Bail Out for Twamley Dam

Media Release - The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council could never afford to build the Twamley Dam - which is being constructed solely to provide water for the commercial activities of two private companies, Tassal and Solis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Sep 2019

National Threatened Species Day

Media Release - National Threatened Species Day marks the day the last thylacine died in Tasmania. Under the Hodgman Government, much of our remaining native wildlife faces a similar fate.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Sep 2019

Labor Leadership Failure

Media Release - In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest. Instead, Labor Leader, Rebecca White, is playing silly political games while the planet burns.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Sep 2019

Gutwein Fails to Act on Recycling Crisis

Media Release - Last Friday, the company that collects recyclables from five southern councils, SKM Recycling, was declared insolvent. Without an immediate intervention, this means kerbside recycling from those councils will be destined for landfill.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 8 Aug 2019

Drinking Water Risks Dismissed by Gutwein

Media Release - Environment Minister, Peter Gutwein, today refused to investigate the alleged continued failure by the Environment Protection Authority to detect repeatedly high nutrient and bacteria levels flowing into Hobart’s drinking water supply.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Aug 2019

Wild Swan Slaughter Must End

Media Release - Environment Minister, Peter Gutwein, refused to take responsibility for Tasmania’s native swans, while the Primary Industries Minister dismissed the need to investigate their large-scale slaughter.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Jul 2019

Wallaby Cruelty Must be Condemned

Media Release - There is no excuse for the abuse of animals. The actions of those individuals who maimed two defenceless wallabies, by shooting them with a bow and arrow, are despicable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Jul 2019

Liberals' Waste Plan Without Action

Media Release - The Liberals had the chance to make a bold statement and a tangible difference when it comes to tackling waste in Tasmania, but their plan falls far short of what’s needed. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Attorney-General

Parliamentary Activity - This Government is intent on corrupting the processes we have in place to protect the natural environment to support the very industry they would like to grow.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Jun 2019

Greens Welcome Long Delayed Container Deposit Scheme

Media Release - The Greens welcome news that the government is finally planning to implement a container deposit scheme for Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Jun 2019

Budget Reply Speech

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Budget Reply speech, discussing the Greens' Alternative Budget.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 May 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Media Release - Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Liberals' Climate Denial Budget

Media Release - After the hottest summer in the state’s history and fires that devastated communities and the wilderness, the Liberals have delivered a climate denial Budget.  

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 23 May 2019

Labor and Liberals Betray Young Tasmanians on Climate

Media Release - In State Parliament today, both Labor and the Liberals voted against the Greens’ motion to declare a climate emergency, sending a terrible message to young Tasmanians that they don’t take their fears over the future seriously.  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 May 2019

Greens to Move for Urgent Action on Climate Emergency

Media Release - The Federal Election result has devastated many young Tasmanians. The message it sent to young people is that the majority of Australian adult voters aren’t concerned enough about their future to vote for a safe climate.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 May 2019

Greens Condemn Sumac Forest Attack

Media Release - The Greens condemn the attack on the Sumac Forest protest camp in takayna/Tarkine. The kind of violence and intimidation displayed overnight is unacceptable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 May 2019

Labor's Fish Farming Policy Still Unclear

Media Release - Despite assurances from independent candidates in the Federal Election that Labor would intervene to protect the marine environment in future, last week’s debate in State Parliament puts their confidence in doubt.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 May 2019

TWWHA Tourism Master Plan Under Conflict of Interest Cloud

Media Release - The Liberals’ corrupted EOI process for tourism development within Parks and Reserves is under yet another cloud.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 May 2019

Labor Must Answer to Coastal Communities on Fish Farm Expansion

Media Release - When given the opportunity to articulate their policy on large-scale fish farm expansion ahead of the Federal Election, Labor failed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2019

New Fish Farm Regulations Lock Out Communities

Media Release - The new fish farm regulations that come into force today* confirm the fears held by many coastal communities.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Apr 2019

State of the State

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff delivers her Address in Reply speech, discussing recent fire events and ecosystems.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2019

Petuna's Storm Bay Expansion Approval Compromised

Media Release - Minister Barnett’s approval of the Storm Bay North Marine Farming Development Plan, enabling large scale industrial fish farming south of Betsy Island in Storm Bay, is completely compromised.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2019

Premier Unconcerned about Contaminated Derwent Beaches

Media Release - The Premier appeared unconcerned Tasmania’s major southern river has become so contaminated by bacteria it is now regularly unsafe to swim in.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2019

kunanyi/Mt Wellington Cable Car Authority

Media Release - It is a complete distortion of fact for Minister Gutwein to claim he wants the divisive kunanyi/Mt Wellington cable car to ‘stand on its own two feet.’

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Mar 2019

Leonie Hiscutt MLC in Political La-La Land

Media Release - The Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council, Leonie Hiscutt MLC, is in political la-la land if she thinks Labor stands for the environment. If only that was the case.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Mar 2019

Leaked Letter Confirms Corrupted Approval Process for Storm Bay Expansion

Media Release - The leaked correspondence from the two former members of the government’s Marine Farm Planning Review Panel has confirmed there has been a corrupted process governing the approval of the massive fish farm expansion into Storm Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Feb 2019

Maria Island Pledge

Media Release - The Liberals’ pledge to keep Maria Island ‘wild and pristine’, however, is hypocritical in the extreme. This is the same government who have put the National Park’s wildness and pristine state at risk by simultaneously increasing visitor...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Dec 2018

Oil Rig Biosecurity Concerns Remain

Media Release - There are serious questions about the Ocean Monarch oil rig, and what action will be taken to determine there is a definitive finding of “no risk” from the invasive colonial sea squirt.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Jan 2019

Good Riddance to the Ocean Monarch

Media Release - The Ocean Monarch oil rig arrived in the Derwent River without a by-your-leave or any biosecurity checks, and anchored at the entrance to Ralph’s Bay. After 11 weeks of sustained public concern and criticism about the risk it presented to...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Jan 2019

Hundreds of Thousands Wasted on Liberals' Draconian Protest Laws

Media Release - The enormity of legal costs of the corporate driven and politically motivated laws has been revealed at $355,000 - all to be paid for by the Tasmanian taxpayer. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Jan 2019

Halls Island at Lake Malbena is Public Land

Media Release - The Liberals’ efforts to privatize Halls Island will not wash with local fly fishers and bushwalkers, whatever the proponent Daniel Hackett decides about public access.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Jan 2019

Community Voice Ignored in Lake Malbena Decision

Media Release - The proposal to privatise Lake Malbena inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area attracted overwhelming opposition and no public support in the single formal opportunity provided for comment.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Nov 2018

Liberals Must Release Marine Farming Panel Report

Media Release - Premier Hodgman’s decision to approve Tassal and Huon Aquaculture’s mass expansion into Storm Bay is a shocking indication of his government’s disregard for the community. He has an obligation to locals, commercial and recreational fishers...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Oct 2018

Storm Bay Salmon Farm Approval Shows Disrespect for Community, and Science

Media Release - The Liberals’ decision to approve Tassal and Huon Aquaculture’s mass expansion into Storm Bay is a shocking indication of the disregard it holds for community consultation and scientific evidence.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Oct 2018

Stewardship Certification Removal for Macquarie Harbour Salmon Not Surprising

Media Release - News the last two salmon companies left farming in Macquarie Harbour are pre-emptively removing their Aquaculture Stewardship Council eco-branding from products as we head into a hot El Niño summer is not surprising - especially given 1.35...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Oct 2018

The Eco-tourism Lie of the Three Capes Luxury Lodges

Media Release - One of the great coastal wilderness areas is diminished, with the launch today of Tasmanian Walking Company’s luxury lodges in the Tasman National Park.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Sep 2018

Record National Parks Visitors Reinforce Need to Protect Wilderness Values

Media Release - Record visitor numbers in Tasmania’s National Parks in the past financial year reinforces the need to better manage and preserve our protected areas, rather than opening them up to ever increasing visitor numbers and increased commercial...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Sep 2018

Private Developer Given Tick for Development in the Walls of Jerusalem

Media Release - The Liberals’ planned death by a thousand cuts for Tasmania’s wilderness took a step forward today.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Sep 2018

Courtney Reveals Extended Licences to Hunt Wombats

Media Release - Primary Industries Minister, Sarah Courtney, has revealed the Liberals’ plans to extend licences to shoot native wildlife, including wombats suffering from the deadly sarcoptic mange.  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Aug 2018

Hodgman Refuses to Rule Out Further Support for Cable Car

Media Release - In Parliament today, the Premier refused to rule out further tangible support for the proposed cable car.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Aug 2018

Norfolk Bay Zombie Salmon Lease Provokes Community Outrage

Media Release - Huon Aquaculture’s move to open a zombie finfish lease in Norfolk Bay for their POMV-infected salmon, without public consultation or an impact assessment is a retrograde step.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Aug 2018

Christine Milne, Order of Australia

Media Release - On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens, I warmly congratulate former Tasmanian and Australian Greens Leader, Christine Milne on being awarded Order of Australia honours.  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Jun 2018

Christine Milne AO - Tribute

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I acknowledge the awarding of an Order of Australia medal to Christine Milne, former Tasmanian Greens Leader, Australian Greens Leader, Senator for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Jun 2018

Hodgman Liberals Biggest Threat to Tasmania on World Environment Day

Media Release - Earlier this week, millions of Australians tuned in to see Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on Tasmania’s unique wilderness areas and threatened species. These are the same areas and species that are under direct threat from the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Jun 2018

Liberals Claim Credit for Tasmanian Forest Agreement Emissions Reduction

Media Release - The breathtaking hypocrisy of the Liberals talking up Tasmania's lower emissions profile cannot go unanswered.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Apr 2018

Greens Launch Plan to Clean Up Fish Farming

Media Release - Tasmanian salmon farming is operating at an industrial scale, and is planning to double in size.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Feb 2018

Barnett's Forestry Jobs Dishonesty

Media Release - In the wake of ABS census data confirming a massive decline in forestry sector employment under the Liberals, the Hodgman Government seems to be fudging the numbers.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Nov 2017

Wombat Fire Deaths Must be Investigated

Media Release - The wombat deaths in Kelso in Northern Tasmania, as a result of an intentionally-lit gorse fire, are a tragic loss for the local wildlife population.

Andrea Dawkins - 20 Nov 2017

Tassal's "Off-Shore" Spin

Media Release - Tassal’s so-called “commitment to Tasmania” in moving their operations apparently “off-shore” is simply a PR exercise. It seems to be designed to secure their share price and water down the intense public scrutiny of their activities, and...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Nov 2017

Auditor-General's Report Confirms Liberals' TasWater Farce

Media Release - The Auditor-General’s report into TasWater confirms what we knew - TasWater inherited a large amount of work to be done over a short period of time, but progress has been significant.

Andrea Dawkins - 14 Nov 2017

Liberals' Forestry Agenda Putting Swift Parrot on the Chopping Block

Media Release - In their ideologically-driven rush to log the State’s native forests, the Liberals are destroying the habitat of the endangered Swift parrot.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Nov 2017

West Coast Community Demand Tassal Remove Macquarie Harbour Waste

Media Release - The West Coast Council’s unanimous vote against Tassal dumping its salmon waste in Macquarie Harbour is a strong signal the local community won’t accept any further pressure on the harbour or its World Heritage values.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 Nov 2017

Government Subsidies and Forestry Spin Continue Under Liberals

Media Release - The Liberals' promise to end the subsidies to Forestry Tasmania has again been exposed as a lie, with the GBE's annual report revealing taxpayers subsidised a $27 million operational loss.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Nov 2017

Archer Dismisses Hobart Cruise Ship Health Concerns

Media Release - In Parliament today, Environment Minister, and local MP, Elise Archer, belittled Greens' questions about evidence that bunker fuel used by cruise ships visiting Hobart is a serious health hazard which has been recognised by the World...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Nov 2017

Barnett's Failure to Deliver

Media Release - The latest Forestry Tasmania - now fraudulently named Sustainable Timber Tasmania - Annual Report demonstrates the continued failure of the Liberals’ stated commitment to move the business onto a sustainable footing.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Nov 2017

Liberals' Destructive Rainforest Logging Plan Takes Effect

Media Release - The so-called Special Timbers Management Plan permits logging in regional reserves and conservation areas.  It is designed to generate conflict, all of it backed in by the Labor (so-called) Opposition.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Oct 2017

Revitalised Brand Tasmania Needs to Promote Brand Integrity

Media Release - The Premier's announced move to transform Brand Tasmania in to a separate statutory authority is a positive, but without a commitment from both the old parties to protecting the brand's integrity, it will only be window dressing.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Oct 2017

Greens Release Plan to Save Tasmania's Wombats

Media Release - The severe outbreak of wombat mange in 2010 has led to a likely extinction of the wombat population in Narawntapu National Park. Since then, this problem has become far more widespread.

Andrea Dawkins - 7 Oct 2017

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister for Primary Industries over how many of 2,000 relocated seals have died.

Andrea Dawkins - 21 Sep 2017

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister how long he will allow male seals to be locked up together before they are released into nearby waters, where they will just swim straight back with the possibility of being killed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Sep 2017

Is Archer the Fresh Start the Marine Environment Needs?

Media Release - New Environment Minister, Elise Archer, has the opportunity to step in where her predecessor didn’t and be the fresh start the Tasmanian marine environment needs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Oct 2017

Salmon Industry Growth Plan

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Aug 2017

Seals at Risk Under Liberals' 'Three Strikes and You're Dead' Policy

Media Release - The Liberals' announcement they will cease relocating seals to NW Tasmania from Christmas - after the height of seal breeding - is purely political.  They haven't even ruled out seal relocation completely.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Sep 2017

Liberals and Labor Reject Fish Farming Moratorium

Media Release - In no surprise to any objective observer of the debate over rapid fish farm expansion, the Liberal and Labor parties voted down the Greens' move for a moratorium until the science and the policy settings protect, rather than degrade,...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Sep 2017

Liberals Rip Off Tasmanians Over Public Plantation Sale

Media Release - As the owners of public forests and land, Tasmanians are being robbed blind by the Liberals who have privatised 29 000 hectares of public hardwood plantations for $40 million less than taxpayers paid to establish them.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Sep 2017

Liberals Vote Down Ban on Fracking for Tasmania

Media Release - In a highly regrettable refusal to acknowledge the evidence and strong community opposition, the Liberals voted against the Greens' move to extend the moratorium on fracking to a permanent ban.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Sep 2017

Greens Table Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill

Media Release - I was proud to table the Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017 in Parliament today on behalf of the Greens. If supported, this Bill would provide real closure for Northern Tasmanians.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Sep 2017

Liberals' Rainforest Logging Plan to Open Up Reserves

Media Release - The rainforest logging plan put forward by the Liberals is a disgrace. Introducing logging into reserves and conservation areas is a destructive move, designed to generate conflict.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Aug 2017

Labor Ignore Climate Change in Reshuffle

Media Release - In further proof there's little to distinguish the two major parties on environmental issues, Labor's shadow Cabinet reshuffle has omitted the single biggest policy challenge facing the state, climate change.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Aug 2017

Barnett Gets Hysterical Again

Media Release - As the State election draws closer Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, is becoming more and more desperate and hysterical.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Aug 2017

Destruction and Waste Define Liberals' Forest Policy

Media Release - Given the history of enormous waste of sawlog quality and rainforest timber in the industrial wood chipping era, the TWS finding - that 6 out of 10 rainforest trees would be wasted under the Liberal plan - rings true.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Aug 2017

Liberals' Orwellian Forestry Tasmania Restructure Continues Subsidies

Media Release - The Liberals’ restructure of Forestry Tasmania has simply forced the GBE to sell its only potential profit making assets - the plantations - and moved the subsidies around to conceal the true extent of ongoing public funding for this...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Jul 2017

40 Years of Cash for Containers in South Australia Puts Tasmania to Shame

Media Release - South Australia’s celebration of 40 years of cash for containers, and commitment to recycling and the environment puts Tasmania to shame again.

Andrea Dawkins - 6 Jul 2017

Two Year Reprieve for Threatened Forests

Media Release - 356 000 hectares of the most beautiful, carbon rich forests on the planet have won a temporary reprieve from the Liberals' destructive, divisive logging plan.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Jun 2017

Wombat Culls Must Be Banned

Media Release - The government’s announcement that three of the four current wombat cull permits are to be revoked comes after months of pressure from the community, in large part the Wombat Warriors, and support of the Greens in Parliament.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Jun 2017

When is a 'Ban' Not a Ban?

Media Release - In Question Time today, the Premier did not deny the so-called ban on fish farming in 99% of Mercury Passage was cooked up in haste late last week to take heat off Minister Rockliff in Estimates last Thursday.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Jun 2017

Forest-Destroying Minister Confirms Land Clearing Bonanza

Media Release - In Budget Estimates today Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, confirmed he is unleashing a land clearing bonanza on Tasmania’s public and private land.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jun 2017

Liberals' Forestry Mandate Climate Change Irony

Media Release - On the same day the Hodgman Government released its so-called Climate Action plan, they are threatening to take Tasmania to the polls over their divisive plan to log carbon-rich forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Jun 2017

Groom's Climate Action 21 "Plan" A Tragic Farce

Media Release - Three years after taking office and abolishing the climate portfolio as well as the independent Climate Action Council, the Hodgman Government has released a woefully weak climate inaction plan.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Jun 2017

Macquarie Harbour at Risk with Liberals' Untested "Adaptive Management"

Media Release - The EPA has found Macquarie Harbour can only support a maximum of 12,000 tonnes of salmon. Tassal will have an extra 4,000 tonnes of salmon in the harbour over the next 12 months.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2017

Greens Deliver Triple Bottom Line Alternative Budget

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget is a fully costed vision for the future that demonstrates it is possible to look after people and invest in their capacity, to protect our environmental assets and stimulate the economy through...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 May 2017

Environment and Parks Last in State Budget

Media Release - The State Budget, like the Liberals’ previous Budgets, has an obvious loser - our environment and Parks.  With the exception of some extra Federal funds, it provides no additional State money.

Andrea Dawkins - 26 May 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

Greens' Leader Stands By Lyons Candidate

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 May 2017

March for Science

Media Release - With conservative governments at the Federal and State level ignoring climate science and overseeing cuts to the State's world class scientific institutions, hundreds of Tasmanians joined the global March for Science today.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Apr 2017

Tarkine Forestry Regeneration Burn

Parliamentary Activity -  

- 5 Apr 2017

Hodgman Government's Environmental Record

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN[10.22 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Mar 2017

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' LeaderFacing 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...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Apr 2017

Liberals' Super Trawler Farce

Media Release - After changing their position before and after the 2014 election, the Liberals brought a bill to Parliament that merely cements existing super trawler regulations into law.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2017

Barnett Dismisses Escaped Tarkine Burn

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonThe Minister for Resources did not answer the Greens' questions about the escaped Tarkine regeneration burn in Parliament today.It's clear he was either refusing to answer the question,...

- 5 Apr 2017

Why Did the Premier Take Crown Land Responsibility Away From Groom?

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader In a move he failed to explain when asked by the Greens in Question Time today, the Premier has relieved Environment and Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, of his responsibility for Crown Lands.

- 5 Apr 2017

Industry Regulation Needed For Salmon Investment Confidence

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokespersonAustralian Ethical Investment's divestment from Tassal is a slap in the face to the sustainability brand of the Tasmanian farmed salmon industry.  It's evidence that investors...

- 31 Mar 2017

Strong Council Support for Cash for Containers Scheme

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Local Government spokespersonThe Greens congratulate Kingborough Council on joining West Coast, Clarence and Launceston City Councils in their support for a statewide container deposit scheme.

- 28 Mar 2017

Premier Misleads Tasmanians over Crown Land Giveaways

Media Release - On radio this morning, the Premier misled Tasmanians over what is becoming a private developer feeding frenzy over public Crown Land assets.

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Mar 2017

Liberals' Forestry Jobs Failure

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokespersonThe latest ABS detailed labour force statistics have been released today.The data confirms that there has been no job growth in Forestry and Wood Product manufacturing in Tasmania...

- 23 Mar 2017

Labor and the Liberals Sing the Same Tune on Fish Farm Expansion

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' LeaderThis morning Tasmania's new Labor Leader had the opportunity to tell Tasmanians that Labor is prepared to enter the 21st century on key environmental issues such as fish farm expansion. Unfortunately,...

- 20 Mar 2017

Petuna Plan an Admission of Regulation Failure

Media Release - Petuna Aquaculture’s public call for the EPA to create individual lease-level stocking limits is an admission that the government’s regulatory system is not fair, and is failing to protect Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Mar 2017

Liberals Required to Act on TWWHA Damage to Macquarie Harbour

Media Release - Environment Minister, Matthew Groom must protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from further damage from salmon farming.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Mar 2017

Liberals' Forest Farce

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokespersonLegislation to allow logging in some of the most high conservation value, carbon rich forests on the planet was tabled in State Parliament today. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Mar 2017

Wombat Mange Needs Real Government Action

Media Release - The government's announcement of $100,000 is a positive step, but much more needs to be done to save the Tasmanian wombat population from the spread of sarcoptic mange.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Mar 2017

Plenty of Division in Premier's State of the State but No Vision

Media Release - Parliament was subjected to a stream of self-congratulatory guff from the Premier today, as he delivered his third State of the State address that was big on rhetoric and lacking in substance or vision.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Mar 2017

Community Demands Rockliff Reverse Okehampton Bay Decision

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' LeaderMore than 200 people packed the Triabunna Community Hall today to express their anger at the Liberal Government's decision to approve a Tassal fish farm in pristine Okehampton Bay.

- 5 Mar 2017

No Support for Liberals' Forest Plan

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokespersonOn ABC radio this morning, the Executive Chairman of Neville Smith Forest Products emphatically called on the government not to reignite conflict over the State's High Conservation...

- 27 Feb 2017

Halt Okehampton Bay Until Salmon Mess Cleared Up

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonTassal joining Huon Aquaculture in court around the government's industry regulator raises even more issues about the government's regulation of the salmon industry.

- 23 Feb 2017

Fish Farms and Forests - State Election Will be a Referendum on the Environment

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' LeaderWith fish farming approved in East Coast waters despite the threat of environmental harm and community opposition, and loggers to be unleashed on High Conservation Value forests, the Liberals are making...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Feb 2017

Labor and Liberals United on Okehampton Bay

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonLabor have finally made their position clear on East Coast salmon industry expansion. They will join the Liberals in backing industry's short-term gains over the marine environment and...

- 21 Feb 2017

Fish Farm Goal-Shifting

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonThe Minister for Primary Industries, Jeremy Rockliff, has announced he plans to regulate where salmon farm expansions can occur in the future, and it will "most likely be in oceanic...

- 19 Feb 2017

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

Media Release - Tassal CEO, Mark Ryan, yesterday publicly told Tasmanians that Tassal's operations in Macquarie Harbour had polluted the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Feb 2017

Okehampton Bay Decision

Media Release - It's no surprise the Minister's hand-picked panel have agreed with Minister Rockliff and recommended approving Tassal's operations at Okehampton Bay.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Feb 2017

IMAS Report Confirms Urgent Need for Full Independent Oversight

Media Release - The IMAS report reveals Macquarie Harbour in a state of environmental collapse, with seriously low oxygen levels.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Feb 2017

Rockliff Hiding Macquarie Harbour Salmon Numbers

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonThe Environment Protection Authority has lowered the maximum concentration of farmed fish in Macquarie Harbour down to 14,000 tonnes per hectare, reduced by one third of what Minister...

- 18 Jan 2017

Liberals Prioritise Presentation over Preservation in the TWWHA

Media Release - In their recommendations earlier this year, the World Heritage Committee expressly requested State and Federal governments protect the unique wilderness value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Dec 2016

EPA Biomass Reduction an Indictment on Labor and Liberals

Media Release - The EPA's plan to reduce the number of farmed salmon in Macquarie Harbour by a third is a desperate attempt to save the marine life and farms in that basin from total collapse.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Nov 2016

Industry Walking Away from Liberals' Logging Plan

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokespersonIf Tasmanians want any more proof that the government's plans to log the State's high conservation value forests are not supported by the hard heads in the industry, the letter...

- 18 Nov 2016

Rockliff Under the Spotlight on Salmon

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokespersonDespite the scathing Four Corners exposé and yesterday's report of significant environmental damage in Macquarie Harbour from the EPA, the government still refuses to do what's needed...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Nov 2016

Liberals' Blind Forestry Agenda Threatens Wielangta Tourist Drive

Media Release - The government's plan to upgrade the Wielangta Forest Drive and extend the Great Eastern Drive offers real tourism potential for the East Coast.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Nov 2016

EPA Report Confirms Macquarie Harbour Environmental Catastrophe

Media Release - The EPA's monitoring data report for salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour is not surprising. It won't be news to anyone who watched the Four Corners' exposé of Tasmania's salmon industry.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Nov 2016

Auditor General Report on Parks Makes Strong Case for Increased Funding

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonA report from the State's Auditor General on Park Management makes it clear Tasmania's world class national parks and reserves are under-funded, severely impacting on park management.

- 15 Nov 2016

Liberals Can't Have it Both Ways on Wielangta

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonThe Tasmanian Greens look forward to the Liberals ruling out logging in the Wielangta forest as they have with the Tasman forests near the Three Capes Walk.We welcome the upgrading...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Nov 2016

Expose Highlights Urgent Need for Salmon Industry Regulation

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe scale of revelations on last night's Four Corners exposé of the Tasmanian salmon farming industry are immense.  It exposed the State Government wilfully pushing industry expansion at...

- 1 Nov 2016

Liberals Weak on Salmon, Ignore Insider Warnings

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonNews that the State Government have ignored advice from industry about conditions at Macquarie Harbour on three occasions is alarming.  It puts Macquarie Harbour's marine environment,...

- 31 Oct 2016

Conservationists United, Call on Premier to Back Off HCV Forests

Media Release - The conservation movement stands united to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests and precious clean, green brand from the threats issued by the Hodgman Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Oct 2016

Liberal and Labor Both Fail Cash for Containers Test

Media Release - It was extremely disappointing the Liberal and Labor Parties would not support the Greens' Motion to implement a state-based cash for containers scheme.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Oct 2016

Greens Table Peter Murrell Reserve Petition

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonI had the pleasure of tabling a petition in Parliament today opposing the TasWater pipeline being proposed to cut through the Peter Murrell Conservation Area.

- 25 Oct 2016

Barnett Continues to Mislead, Divide over Forestry

Media Release - The big lie of a commercially viable and sustainable native forest industry was exposed with the release of Forestry Tasmania's 2015-16 annual report and correspondence from the FT Board today.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Oct 2016

Minister Barnett Remains Delusional on Forests

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonThe Resources Minister is at it again.  He is seeking to mislead Tasmanians and whip up community conflict over forests.Mr Barnett is trying to claim credit for the Liberal...

- 17 Oct 2016

Logging of High Conservation Value Forests

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for RESOURCES, Mr BARNETT

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Oct 2016

Forestry - Plans to Log High Conservation Forests

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Oct 2016

Weak, Short-Sighted Liberals Set to Reignite Forest Wars

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonThrough their contemptuous, fact-poor responses to Greens' questions today, the Premier and the Resources Minister have confirmed the Liberals plan to let the loggers in to 400 000...

- 13 Oct 2016

NSW Embraces Cash for Containers

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonNSW residents will get 10 cents back on eligible drinks containers from 1st July next year, following the NSW Government’s introduction of Container Deposit Scheme legislation into their...

- 12 Oct 2016

Liberals Declare War on High Conservation Value Forests

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonThe Hodgman Liberals today declared war on 400 000 hectares of Tasmania's globally significant, carbon rich forests which were set aside under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement to be...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Oct 2016

Scouts Back Greens' Call for Cash For Containers

Media Release - We were delighted to join Scouts Tasmania's Chief Commissioner, Michael Hovington, and members of local scout troops on Kingston Beach today to call on the government to legislate a container deposit scheme in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Oct 2016

Rockliff Allowing Salmon Farm Expansion Before Panel's Findings Received

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Sep 2016

Code of Conduct Needed for Penguin Viewing

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 22 September 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that BirdLife Tasmania reported a disturbing incident that occurred during a penguin tour on King Island in July 2016.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Sep 2016

Moratorium Required on Expansion of Marine Farming

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 21 September 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the recent media statement by Tassal that they intend to go full-steam ahead with their salmon farming expansion into Okehampton Bay without waiting...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Sep 2016

Rockliff Silent on Fish Farm Regulation

Media Release - The Minister for Primary Industries made it clear in Parliament today he has no intention of limiting or stopping the expansion of Tassal onto the East Coast, despite a review that’s still ongoing.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Sep 2016

More Needs to Be Done to Protect Tasmania's Native Animals

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff tables a motion calling for the introduction of financial rewards to encourage the public to come forward with information to help solve criminal killing of endangered wildlife.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Sep 2016

Call for Recovery Plan for Eastern Quoll

Parliamentary Activity - Recognises that to help many of these species to survive, there needs to be major changes in forestry practices and that the Minister for Resources, Hon. Guy Barnett MP is refusing to make these changes to further his political ends.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Sep 2016

Liberals Do Deal with Company That Didn't Exist over Macquarie Point Exports

Media Release - The more things change in Tasmania's native forest logging industry, apparently the more they stay the same, with the Greens revealing in Parliament today that the Liberals negotiated terms over Macquarie Wharf native forest product...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Sep 2016

Minister Barnett in Cloud Cuckoo Land on FSC

Media Release - The Minister for Resources is living in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks Forestry Tasmania can secure Forest Stewardship Certification under current Liberal policies.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Sep 2016

Salmon Industry Stitch-Up on Okehampton Bay

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonTassal’s statement that they will go full-steam ahead with their expansion into Okehampton Bay, despite the government's review, confirms the worst of the East Coast community’s concerns.

- 8 Sep 2016

Look Below the Waves on Threatened Species Day

Media Release - Tasmania is known for giant kelp forests and seagrass meadows. State waters have supported the highest known marine plant variety in the world, but recent research shows a sharp decline in biodiversity.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Sep 2016

Real Assessment or Fish Farm Free East Coast

Media Release - The baseline data for Okehampton Bay shared publicly by aquaculture industry owner, Rowan Armitage, is the last nail in the coffin for the planned East Coast fish farm expansion.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Sep 2016

Greens Move to Legislate Cash for Containers

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonLast month, Western Australia joined Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, the Northern Territory, and national leader, South Australia, in agreeing to introduce cash for container...

- 4 Sep 2016

Liberals Must Heed Productivity Commission Warning

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe Productivity Commission’s draft Report on Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture has identified serious community concern about the poor management of environmental and social impacts of...

- 1 Sep 2016

Save the Tarkine Decision Welcome

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens commend the Full Court of the Supreme Court on its unanimous decision to dismiss the Liberal Government's appeal, and order to the Minister to provide a statement of reasons for the decision to grant mining leases for...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Aug 2016

Call to Maintain Environmental Living Zone in Planning Provisions

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 24 August 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Aug 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for RESOURCES, Mr BARNETT

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Aug 2016

Forest Furnaces

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for RESOURCES, Mr BARNETT

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Aug 2016

Groom Must Announce Federally Funded Recovery Plan for Swift Parrot

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 23 August 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that:—(a)           illegal firewood collecting has resulted in the destruction of key nesting habitat at one of the most important locations for the...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 23 Aug 2016

Call for Amendment to Save Giant Lobster from Forestry Practices

Parliamentary Activity - ‘Astacopsis gouldi’, the giant freshwater lobster, is the largest freshwater invertebrate on the planet, and is found only in the northwest and northeast of Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Aug 2016

Urgent Action Needed to Save Giant Freshwater Lobster

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, I rise tonight to talk about the Astacopsis gouldi, the giant freshwater lobster.  It was referred to previously by the member for Lyons who mentioned in his adjournment speech, amongst other things, Lobster Falls.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Aug 2016

Resources Minister Misleads Parliament over Forestry Jobs

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonResources Minister, Guy Barnett, needs to back up his claim made in Parliament today that there are 'thousands' of Tasmanians employed in the native forest industry, or come back...

- 25 Aug 2016

Delusional Resources Minister Backs in Forest Furnaces, not FSC

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonIn Question Time today, Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, displayed extraordinary ignorance in describing the burning of native forests for energy as 'renewable'. At the same time,...

- 24 Aug 2016

Assurances Needed for East Coast on Fish Farms

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonMinister Rockliff needs to expand the terms of reference for the Marine Farming Planning Review process to focus on the triple-bottom line. It should include a proper and independent...

- 17 Aug 2016

Marine Farming Planning Review Needs Amended Terms of Reference

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 16 August 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Aug 2016

Cable Car Will Be Tested by Planning Commission

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderIt is almost certain that the proposed Mount Wellington Cable Car will be declared a Project of State Significance (POSS) and assessed by the Tasmanian Planning Commission.The State Policies and Projects...

- 8 Aug 2016

Cash For Cans, Tasmania Risks Coming Last

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe Greens welcome Queensland's commitment to introducing a container deposit scheme by 2018. We hope the Hodgman Government won't let Tasmania be left behind.

- 23 Jul 2016

Mountain Bike Tourism Needs Wilderness Protection

Media Release - The government's support of mountain bike tourism is wonderful. We're hopeful they're finally getting the message that Tasmania's economic future doesn't lie in outdated and unviable industries, but in the modern tourist market.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Jul 2016

World Heritage Committee Request Must be Heard

Media Release - The Greens welcome the World Heritage Committee's request to implement the recommendations of their expert mission.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Jul 2016

Groom Can't Ignore Planning Commission on TWWHA

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderParks Minister, Matthew Groom, signed off on a government response to the flawed draft World Heritage Area Management Plan which has drawn criticism from the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

- 13 Jul 2016

Forestry EOI Process Won't Revive Native Forest Logging

Media Release - The Minister for Forests is dreaming if he believes there is a viable future in native forest woodchip or whole log exports without significant economic and environmental cost to Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Jul 2016

Greens Donate Excess Pay Rise to NGOs

Media Release - In response to today's deadline for advising Parliament on the excessive 10.5% pay rise, we have written to the Clerk of the House advising that monies above a 2% pay rise will go to six non-government organisations.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens have discussed our energy strategy on numbers of occasions in this House since we tabled it early this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 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

Forestry Minister Walking Away from FSC

Media Release - In Budget Estimates, Forestry Minister, Peter Gutwein, has confirmed the Liberals in government are doing nothing to support Forestry Tasmania’s bid for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, and are content to continue the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jun 2016

Environmental Defenders Office Ignored Again

Media Release - Attorney General, Vanessa Goodwin, was happy to talk up picking up the slack of their Federal colleagues when it comes to funding to community legal centres, but refused to consider the Environmental Defenders Office.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Jun 2016

New Salmon Framework Only First Step

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe Greens welcome the move to a more independent body to oversee the monitoring of marine farm discharge. However, the Government's new framework makes no change to the assessment or...

- 6 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

Parliamentary Activity - We have just experienced devastating bushfires that burned an estimated 21 000 hectares of the TWWHA, yet the Budget papers show more than $6 million cut from an already underfunded Parks and Wildlife Service across the forward Estimates.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Funding to Provide for Skills and Employment in Forest Restoration

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—(a)           in 2012, the Labor Green Government delivered the Tasmanian Forest Carbon Study which assessed the amount and potential economic value of carbon sequestered...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Jun 2016

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

Media Release - At a time when Tasmanians should be celebrating this year’s centenary of Tasmania’s world class national parks and reserves, they are instead learning the details of the Liberal Government’s neglect and underfunding of the Parks and...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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

Government Must Provide More Time for Consultation on State Planning Provisions

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that the Draft State Planning Provisions (SPPs) fail to prioritise the interests of the community, and protection of the environment, ahead of development interests.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2016

Budget Lacking in Courage and Vision, Puts Environment Last

Media Release - Built on the mirage of a very short term surplus, the Liberals' third State Budget lacks both courage and vision.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 May 2016

Excessive Pay Rise Should Go to Unfunded Organisations

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Legislative Council delivered the Hodgman Government everything they hoped in defeating the government's sham disallowance Motion today. The Premier's plan to have his cake and eat it too on MPs pay is...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 May 2016

Chilean Algal Blooms Further Evidence of Harms of Fish Farming

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP to instruct the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment to conduct an independent assessment of the impacts of the proposed Okehampton Bay...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 May 2016

Tasmania Must Unite With Other States and Implement Container Deposit Scheme

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 24 May 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that the Senate Environment and Communications Committee report calls for the introduction of Container Deposit Schemes across the nation to eliminate...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 May 2016

Brooks Evasive on Potential Political Interference with Shree

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Mining spokespersonMining Minister Adam Brooks still has questions to answer over potential political interference in the EPA's decision to give Shree Minerals the legal equivalent of a talking-to for...

- 24 May 2016

Serious Questions Over Shree Permit

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Mining spokespersonThere are serious questions to be answered about the Environment Protection Authority's decision to allow Shree Minerals to apply for a new permit to operate their Nelson River mine...

- 21 May 2016

Shree Permit Must be Cancelled

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Mining spokespersonIn the wake of news that Shree Minerals has failed to clean up its acid producing waste after fifteen months, it's reasonable to ask why the company's once biggest cheerleader, now...

- 18 May 2016

Sustainable Tourism Way Forward for Tassie

Media Release - The Greens welcome the visitors that are coming to our shores, but warn the government to protect our wild places and regional communities from ruin.

Andrea Dawkins - 12 May 2016

Groom Must Act on Critically Endangered Swift Parrot

Media Release - Yesterday, the Federal Government silently moved the swift parrot up to critically endangered status under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 May 2016

Minister Groom Must Act Now to Save Swift Parrot from Extinction

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the launch of a campaign by the Bob Brown Foundation to Save Bruny Island from the logging that is destroying the habitat of the critically endangered swift parrot.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 May 2016

Call for Hodgman Liberal Government to Reject Committee Recommendation on DGR Status for Environmental Groups

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 5 May 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes recommendations from the House of Representatives Environmental Standing Committee that environmental groups carry out 25% of their activities in...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 May 2016

Savage Cuts to Protection of Tasmanian Wilderness

Media Release - Minister Groom stood resolutely with his anti-environment Federal colleagues in Parliament this morning, as he sought to defend savage Commonwealth funding cuts to management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Crisis Ignored

Parliamentary Activity - Despite biodiversity’s immense value, Tasmania’s natural heritage continues to be eroded at an alarming rate by population growth, climate change, ocean acidification, land clearing and invasive species.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Turnbull Government Climate Deniers

Parliamentary Activity - Condemnation of the Turnbull Liberal Government for its complete failure to address the greatest challenge facing Australians, and the nation’s economy, global warming.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

Liberals See Tasmania's Wilderness Only For its Economic Value

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 4 May 2016Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM[10.28 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

No Respect From Disinterested Liberal Ministers

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I wanted to make a brief contribution having listened to the excellent analysis of the state of the swift parrot by Ms Woodruff.  When the minister got to his feet, I thought he...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 May 2016

Greens Still Standing Alone on Protection of the Swift Parrot

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise tonight to draw the attention of the House to a campaign that has just been launched in Tasmania which reflects the level of concern, indeed desperation, in parts of the community over this...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 2016

Green Light For Unregulated Fish Farm Expansion

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonMinister Rockliff has ruled out any further assessment of the impacts of fish farming in Okehampton Bay, despite the fact that there’s been no environmental baseline study of salmon...

- 3 May 2016

Tasmania's Oceans at Significant Risk from Acidification

Parliamentary Activity - Calls on the Government to investigate the impact of ocean acidification on Tasmania’s marine environment and seafood industries, and how those impacts are compounded by warming waters, marine pollution, and fish farming.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 2016

Liberals Show No Concern for Environment on Fish Farm Expansion

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 3 May 2016Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF [10.55 a.m.]

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 2016

Liberals' Development-at-any-Cost Stance Threatens Coles Bay

Parliamentary Activity - Last year the proposed changes to the Freycinet National Park were explained as necessary for the Freycinet Lodge to expand, as per the proposal submitted to your Office of the Coordinator-General.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Apr 2016

Old Parties Deny Tasmanians Opportunity for Best Practice Water Management

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokespersonDespite clear evidence that water governance in Tasmania is fragmented in an age of accelerating climate change, both Liberal and Labor parties have refused to support a Greens' move to...

- 27 Apr 2016

Political and Social Conflict Over Environment a Focus for Stompin

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS (Bass) - Madam Speaker, I rise today to report on the latest Stompin performance at the Spring Bay Mill.  The Panorama journey started in the car on the way to Triabunna with a podcast.  Atmospheric electronica enmeshed with...

- 26 Apr 2016

Massive Opposition to Fish Farm Expansion on East Coast

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise to draw the attention of the House to a very strong and vocal community meeting that occurred in Orford on the east coast about a week ago.  Forty eight local residents, shackowners, local...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Apr 2016

Action on Climate Change Needed to Combat Marine Heat Wave

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Government to adopt meaningful action on climate change to help avoid the worst of marine heat waves and their impacts on marine species and dependent industries.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Apr 2016

Senate Reports Plastics Pollution in Our Oceans Alarming

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—(a)           that the Senate Environment and Communications Committee has released a landmark report into the causes and impacts of marine plastic pollution in our waterways...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Apr 2016

Whole Lot of Nothing on Secretive Forestry EOI Process

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonForestry Minister, Peter Gutwein, has again treated Parliament with contempt, spending more than five minutes giving no detail on the so-called Southern Residues Solution' EOI...

- 27 Apr 2016

Inquiry Would Help Fix Water Problems

Media Release - After our long, dry summer it's clear that water management in Tasmania needs addressing, and it needs addressing now.

- 24 Apr 2016

Gutwein Should Use Derby Logging Delay to Consult Constituents

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for BassForestry Tasmania has advised that logging of the outer part of contentious coupe CC104B at Derby will be delayed to February 2017.*If nothing else, this is acknowledgement that the community were...

- 13 Apr 2016

Salmon Stock Plunge A Climate Change Warning

Media Release - Tassal's 8% share price drop, and their announcement they'll walk away from two contracts with Coles and Simplot because of supply issues, raises serious questions about the government's ability to manage the long-term sustainability of...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 8 Apr 2016

Tourism on Bruny Island Threatens Environment and Serenity if Council and Government Don't Act

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff On tomorrow to move—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Apr 2016

East Coast Salmon Farm Expansion Concern

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff On tomorrow to move—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Apr 2016

Permanent Ban on Fracking Needed

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor On tomorrow to move—That the House:—(1)           Recognises that hydrolic fracturing, or fracking, causes extensive environmental harm, impacts on the water table and is linked to increased risk of seismic activity.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Apr 2016

Greens' Response to Announcement of New Political Group

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe beauty of a democracy is that any group of concerned citizens can speak up and establish organisations to represent their concerns. It is, of course, disappointing to hear that a member of the United...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Apr 2016

Danger to Freycinet National Park Revealed

Media Release - The full extent of the Liberals' destructive plan for the Freycinet National Park has been revealed by a group of concerned Coles Bay residents, business and shack owners.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Mar 2016

TWWHA Still in Limbo

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe government's statements about not logging in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is a step forward but Tasmanians need to know what the Liberals really mean when they say...

- 21 Mar 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonIn Question Time today, neither the Minister for Parks, Mr Groom, nor the Minister for Emergency Services, Mr Hidding, could explain why it took so long for the State to request extra...

- 17 Mar 2016

Urgent Bruny Waste Problem Dismissed By Premier

Media Release - Premier Hodgman refused to promise action on the waste problem on Bruny Island before the Easter tourist rush, despite a letter from residents three weeks ago pleading him to respond. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Mar 2016

Anti-Protest Laws to be Challenged in High Court

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderTasmania's draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws will be tested in the High Court and we applaud those who are prepared to challenge this extreme legislation.

- 10 Mar 2016

Has Groom Breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct?

Media Release - Environment Minister, Matthew Groom, has been given two opportunities in Parliament to confirm that he wrote to the Premier to declare a conflict of interest in relation to his brother's development at Bernacchi Lodge, inside the Tasmanian...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Mar 2016

Duck Shooters Need Knowledge of Gun Safety

Media Release - The comments, and apparent lack of understanding of gun laws, from the President of Field Hunting and Conservation are extremely concerning.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 Mar 2016

FSC Audit Should End Lapoinya and Mutual Valley Logging

Media Release - If Forestry Tasmania ever wants to obtain Forest Stewardship Certification it will have to make significant changes to its practises and immediately cease operations in Lapoinya, as well as plans for the Mutual Valley.

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Mar 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonThe long-awaited Forest Stewardship Council audit report on Forestry Tasmania reveals the GBE has a long way to go before it achieves FSC certification.

- 1 Mar 2016

Tough Choices Ahead for Minister Gutwein

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonThe new Minister for Forests will need to have the courage to make the tough choices Paul Harriss clearly didn't want to make.The first thing Mr Gutwein needs to do is develop an...

- 18 Feb 2016

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Premier has missed a golden opportunity to place the Energy portfolio in the hands of a competent Minister in this time of energy crisis.Matthew Groom has demonstrated beyond doubt that he is not up to...

- 18 Feb 2016

Secret Salmon Farm Approvals Threaten East Coast

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe government's decision to approve fin-fish farming near Triabunna is a serious threat to the future of the seafood industry and the fragile marine environment on the east coast.

- 16 Feb 2016

A 'Review' into TWWHA Fires is a Cop Out

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonWith an estimated 14,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) burned or still burning, and legitimate resourcing questions being asked, the Premier's...

- 4 Feb 2016

Liberals Locking Up More National Parks

Media Release - A proposal to double the footprint of Freycinet Lodge in to the Freycinet National Park is yet another Liberal lock up for a selected private developer.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Jan 2016

Sustainable Forestry Our Future

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe increase in Tasmania's wood exports are thanks to sustainable private sector plantation-based forestry, not politics or state government intervention.

- 11 Jan 2016

Feral Deer Management Plan Needed

Media Release - Recent research from UTAS estimates there may be up to 1.1 million deer across Tasmania by 2050. Compared to about 30,000 in 2000, this is an alarming increase. The number of deer and the expansion in their range would be a huge threat to...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Jan 2016

Rat Proofing Orange-bellied Parrots

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment SpokespersonThe death of 14 Orange-bellied Parrots by rats from the Environment Department's Hobart breeding facility is a terrible loss.These birds are critically endangered and form part of the...

- 5 Jan 2016

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

Swift Parrot Logging Moratorium

Media Release - It's pleasing to hear logging operations on Bruny Island will be temporarily halted in an effort to halt the extinction of the Swift Parrot.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Nov 2015

Ecosystems and Primary Producers Left High and Dry

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson In Parliament today, the Minister for Primary Industries confirmed he has no plan to manage our delicate river ecosystems during our state's dry times ahead.

- 17 Nov 2015

Water Fears for Little Forester River

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokespersonThere is growing community concern that the Little Forester River near Bridport is being drained by individual farmers.Minister Rockliff has been made aware of the situation and he needs to act...

- 9 Nov 2015

Groom Reveals Arm End Entitlement

Media Release - The government's helping hand in turning the state reserve at Arm End at South Arm over to developers of a private golf course has been revealed this morning.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Oct 2015

Groom Content to Pillage TWWHA

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe Hodgman Government's passionate desire to log, mine and increase private development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area not only shows a reckless disregard for its...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Sep 2015

Minister Harriss Misleading over Forest Industry

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, used Question Time this morning to rule out the bizarre idea of woodchip exports from Hobart’s wharf, but continued to maintain the pretence that...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Sep 2015

Macquarie Harbour Fish Farm Questions Remain

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonGovernment documents released today demonstrate that fish farms in Macquarie Harbour are still plagued by water quality problems, despite the government brushing aside concerns aired in...

- 7 Sep 2015

Tasmania needs new Threatened Species Plan

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

- 6 Sep 2015

Super Trawler Still Unwelcome in Tasmania

Media Release - The protest outside the Liberal Party Conference is another reminder of the strong opposition within the community to a supertrawler in Tasmanian waters. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Sep 2015

Liberals Caught in World Heritage Bind of Their Own Making

Media Release - The Hodgman Government is delusional if it believes it can negotiate with the UNESCO World Heritage committee to allow logging, mining and intensified private tourism operations in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Sep 2015

Tassie Forests could get Logging Reprieve

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe Greens welcome Minister Groom’s commitment in Question Time today to investigate whether Tasmania may apply for funding to stop logging the habitat of threatened species such as the...

- 27 Aug 2015

Senate Committee on Fish Missed the Boat

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe Liberals and Labor will be given an opportunity in Parliament this week to put the sustainability of Tasmania's aquaculture industry ahead of short term politics.

- 23 Aug 2015

Is Minister De-listing 12 Threatened Species?

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Environment spokespersonEnvironment Minister, Matthew Groom, has not denied he intends to delist 12 native animal species from the Tasmanian List of Threatened Species.

- 18 Aug 2015

Christine Milne: Champion of Tasmania

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe formal resignation of Christine Milne from the Australian Senate marks the end of an era in Tasmania. Christine has been at the forefront of politics and the campaign to protect what makes Tasmania...

- 10 Aug 2015

Mining Ban needs to be in WHA Management Plan as Government Ignores United Nations on Logging and Tenure

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Parks spokespersonThe government’s claim that it is not planning to conduct ‘broad-scale logging’ in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) does not stand up to scrutiny, and represents a continued snub...

- 3 Jul 2015

United Nations Slaps Down Groom on WHA Logging and Mining

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Parks spokespersonThe United Nations has humiliated the state government by slapping down its plans to log and mine inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

- 2 Jul 2015

Liberal Dam Bill Attack on Threatened Species

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water and Environment spokespersonThe Greens will not be supporting the proposed changes to dam works in the Water Management Act in the amendment Bill tabled by Minister Rockliff.

- 18 Jun 2015

Hunt Leaves State Government Isolated on World Heritage Area Logging and Mining

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Parks spokespersonCommonwealth Environment Minister Greg Hunt has left the Tasmanian government completely isolated in its plan to allow logging and mining in Tasmania's World Heritage Area.

- 27 Jun 2015

Water Quality

Parliamentary Activity - NOTICE OF MOTIONWednesday, 17 JUNE 2015Andrea Dawkins MP on tomorrow to move -That this House:

- 17 Jun 2015

World Environment Day

Parliamentary Activity - That this House:1.    Notes that tomorrow,  the 5th June is United Nations World Environment Day;2.    Notes that this year’s theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care” as the well-being of humanity, the environment and...

- 4 Jun 2015

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage

Parliamentary Activity - Nick McKim MP on tomorrow to move -That this House:

- 4 Jun 2015

TWWHA Draft Management Plan

Parliamentary Activity - Mr McKIM question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT,

- 3 Jun 2015

Minister Should Support Public Hearings on Draft TWWHA Plan

Media Release - Parks Minister Matthew Groom should support public hearings into his draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) at the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

- 3 Jun 2015

Fireworks Permits

Parliamentary Activity - Calls on the Government to review the way Fireworks Permits are issued to ensure that people can make representation to WorkSafe Tasmania before permits are issued.

Nick Mckim - 3 Jun 2015

Liberals Must Act on Fireworks Threat to Tassie Devils

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Environment SpokespersonTreasurer Peter Gutwein must ensure that any fireworks permits issued for within one kilometre of the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary are cancelled before fireworks night tomorrow.

- 29 May 2015

No Action on Swift Parrots

Media Release - Environment Minister Matthew Groom today washed his hands of the endangered Swift Parrot despite evidence that his department is ignoring its own expert advice about logging its habitat.

Nick Mckim - 25 Mar 2015