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Groom's Climate Action 21 “Plan” A Tragic Farce

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

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.

The centrepiece of this plan is a meaningless, unlegislated 'aspirational' 2050 emissions' reduction target and a commitment to 'undertake a report' that 'assesses approaches' to an electric vehicle charging rollout.

No wonder Matthew Groom let this stinker of a plan sit on his desk for months.

Macquarie Harbour at Risk with Liberals’ Untested “Adaptive Management”

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

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.

Instead of forcing Tassal to remove those fish, they’ve been allowed to set up tarps under cages to capture thousands of tonnes of fish faeces.

Environment and Parks Last in State Budget

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Environment and Parks spokesperson

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.

Tourists from around the world are flocking to Tasmania because of its unique wilderness areas and natural beauty.  Increased tourism in our protected areas also risks deteriorating natural assets and increases biosecurity threats if left unchecked.

State Budget Response

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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 particularly.

The cost of living measures are tinkering that will provide temporary election-year power price relief to Tasmanian households and the promise of cheaper water and sewerage bills through legislation we have yet to see or pass.

March for Science

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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.

Hobart is a globally recognised hub of Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.  Something of which we can be immensely proud, but this expertise and our reputation is under assault at a time when we should be increasing funding of public good science.

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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

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

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