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

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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.

Having savagely cut the Health and Education budgets in his government's first year, the Premier now wants Tasmanians to believe Health and Education are key priorities of his government.

Community Demands Rockliff Reverse Okehampton Bay Decision

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

More 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.

While not a single Liberal or Labor MP, State or Federal, had the courage to show up, the Greens Environment spokesperson, Rosalie Woodruff and I were there.  The meeting overwhelmingly, by a show of hands, called on Jeremy Rockliff to reverse his decision.

No Support for Liberals' Forest Plan

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokesperson

On 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 Value forests.

Even Guy Barnett's self-proclaimed biggest fan doesn't want the Liberals to lead the industry and environment groups back into the trenches.

Last week, Mr Barnett claimed Neville Smith Forest Products were backing the government's plan to log the State's High Conservation Value forests. 

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

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

With 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 the next State Election a referendum on the environment.

As Labor cheers the Liberals on from the opposition benches, only the Greens will be there to stand up for Tasmania's environment and stand with communities determined to protect it.

Fish Farm Goal-Shifting

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

The 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 waters".

The timing of this announcement is very convenient for one salmon company. The Minister’s hand-picked Panel has just approved an expansion by Tassal to the warm inshore waters of the East Coast, and a day later he announces he will regulate the “sustainable growth of the industry” into oceanic areas.

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Parks spokesperson

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

Late last night, this statement was retracted by Tassal.

The truth is not yet established. This is a very serious matter.

What is the truth and, given the unhealthy, cosy relationship between the Hodgman Liberal Government and Tassal, how can Tasmanians have any faith that they will be given the facts?

Okehampton Bay Decision

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

It's no surprise the Minister's hand-picked panel have agreed with Minister Rockliff and recommended approving Tassal's operations at Okehampton Bay.  The same company responsible for creating dead zones in the West has been given the go-ahead to expand into Tasmania's East Coast.

The green light delivered by the so-called "independent" Marine Farming Planning Review Panel to farm salmon in Okehampton Bay was a foregone conclusion.

IMAS Report Confirms Urgent Need for Full Independent Oversight

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

The IMAS report reveals Macquarie Harbour in a state of environmental collapse, with seriously low oxygen levels.  It highlights the damage to World Heritage values, the dead zones under lease sites and an increase in invasive species.

The report confirms that regulation of salmon farming in Tasmania is in dire need of independent regulation. 

Full independence means removing lease approvals and expansions from the Minister and his hand-picked Marine Farming Planning Review Panel.

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