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The Reopening of Gambling Venues is a Travesty

Tasmania’s pubs, clubs and casinos reopened their doors to patrons, including long suffering gambling addicts who’ve had a three month reprieve.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jun 2020


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Federal Group Must Prioritise People's Lives Over Profits

The Federal Group appears not to fully grasp the deadly seriousness of the health risk within their pokies venues.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2020


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Liberals' Sham Consultation to Entrench Poker Machine Harm

The Liberals' plan for the future of gambling in Tasmania released last yesterday afternoon will entrench social harm for two decades to come.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2020


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Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets

Tasmanian Greens submission to the Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets, examining the future of pokies policy and the Federal Group's monopoly deed.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  8 Dec 2016


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Get Ready for Labor and Ogilvie to Sell Out Gambling Victims

Tasmanians who have suffered gambling addiction are set to be abandoned by both State Labor and former Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Dec 2019


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Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019

This is all about the money the Government makes from gambling and satisfying corporate interests.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Nov 2019


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019

This bill was tabled on Tuesday. This is the Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019. It was tabled 48 hours ago.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Nov 2019


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Farrell Family Leeching Millions at the Expense of Disadvantaged Tasmanians

Federal Hotels continues to bloat its ill-gotten profits leeching off some of Tasmania’s poorest communities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Nov 2019


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Gambling Harm

The Government has an opportunity to move away from the monopoly deed, a special deal that was never supported by people in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2019


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Gambling Harm

It is obvious to any observer of Tasmanian politics that in this place it is the Greens who raise the issues of the harm caused by poker machines.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2019


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Gambling Policy Changes

Cassy O'Connor questions the Treasurer on the tax deal being negotiated with Federal Group.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2019


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Gaming Machine Policy

It was confirmed by last night's vote that Labor supports your socially and economically destructive policy to keep poker machines in pubs and clubs until 2043.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Aug 2019


Homeless Man

Glenorchy RSL Club Closure

Cassy O'Connor moves a motion regarding the close of the Glenorchy RSL, the the Liberals' use of the Glenorchy RSL during the election campaign.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Jul 2019


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Tasmanian Battlers Continue to Bleed Money to Federal Group

The latest Tasmanian Gaming Commission data reveals that in the month of April alone, $1.5 million was poured into the EGMs in Glenorchy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Jul 2019


Heritage Treasury Building, Tasmania

Estimates Reply - Treasurer

Again, this year the most mindnumbingly frustrating and dishonest Estimates session from my point of view was with the Treasurer.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Jun 2019


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Electoral Amendment Bill 2019

Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Electoral Amendment Bill 2019

Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Gambling Policy

Rosalie Woodruff raises the impacts of harming gambling policies in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019


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Gambling Policy

Cassy O'Connor raises political interference in gambling policy from vested interests in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019


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Gambling Policy

Cassy O'Connor questions the treasurer over tax reform proposals from Federal Group.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019


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Liberals and Labor Put Gambling Interests Ahead of Public Interest

The Treasurer confirmed today he has written to the Federal Group and plans to introduce legislation to progress the Liberals’ pokies policy. 

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

Want of Confidence in the Premier

The Premier has failed to demand the highest standards of conduct from his members.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Nov 2018


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The Suffering Continues with Annual Report Confirming $175M Pokies Loss

The human misery and poverty caused by poker machines in pubs and clubs shows no sign of abating.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Nov 2018


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Address in Reply

The 2018 Tasmanian election was watched around Australia and has become known for all the wrong reasons. It was an incredibly bruising election.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2018


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

No Confidence in Premier Hodgman over Pokies Corruption

It gives me no pleasure as the Greens Leader to stand here and bring on a motion of no confidence in the Premier of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2018


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THA Quid Pro Quo

The Treasurer decided to gift the THA $6.8 million following significant donations from the them during the election campaign.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2018


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No Confidence in the Premier over Pokies Corruption

The Premier allowed gambling interests from Tasmania and interstate to bankroll the Liberals' election campaign.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2018


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Tasmanian Liberals Rake in Donations, Declare Less than a Quarter

The latest AEC disclosure returns reveal the Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations but only declared the sources for $498 000.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2018


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Greens to Move for Independent Commission of Inquiry on Kevin Lyons and Federal Group Bribery Allegations

The Greens will move for an Independent Commission of Inquiry to fully investigate the seedy history of the Federal Hotels monopoly deal. 

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  25 Jan 2018


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Liberals' Pokies Policy the Worst Case Scenario for Community

The Liberals policy will entrench the harm caused, and ignite a competitive marketplace for addiction.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  9 Jan 2018


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THA Must Reconsider Approach to Pokies

The current model is unsustainable and relies on the poorest Tasmanians losing more than they can afford to keep the pokies industry going.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  14 Dec 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

More Voices Against Pokies

The addition of the Country Women’s Association to the campaign against pokies in pubs and clubs is most welcome.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2017


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Liberals' 'Free Beer' Arrangement with THA Doesn't Pass the Pub Test

The Liberals' arrangement with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association members funding their 'Pub Test' pre-election forums is wrong on so many levels.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Nov 2017


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Federal Group - Election Campaign Donations

Andrea Dawkins asks the Premier whether he will rule out his party accepting donations from Federal Group.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Nov 2017


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Pokies-Free Pembroke Petition Tabled

In Parliament this morning, ahead of the Pembroke by-election, the Greens tabled a petition expressing community concern about the impact of poker machines.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017


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Liberals Refuse to Back Donations Reform

The Premier has failed to be transparent about a $30 000 donation from a Chinese owned company which ASIO warned about in 2015.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Nov 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Premier Deflecting on Donations from Federal Hotels

Pokies baron, Greg Farrell, has said his company will be offering donations to both Labor and the Liberals to help them “articulate” policy.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Nov 2017


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Premier Can't Keep Pointing the Finger at McQuestin

The Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Nov 2017


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Property Council 'Leaders' Debate

The Property Council knows which side its bread is buttered on.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Oct 2017


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Mr Lennon and Mr Gay - Alleged Meetings with Government

Former Labor premier Paul Lennon is on the Farrell family payroll in a bid to protect the obscene profits they make off the back of human suffering.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2017


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Poker Machines - Agreement

A significant majority of Tasmanians want poker machines removed from pubs and clubs. They want the Federal monopoly deed extinguished.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2017


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THA is Wrong on Liquor and Gaming Commission

Calls by Tasmanian Hospitality Association spokesperson, Steve Old, to abolish the independent Liquor and Gaming Commission are deeply concerning.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Sep 2017


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Dodgy Brothers, Lennon and Gay, Back in Business

With Paul Lennon on the Farrell's payroll, and John Gay set to profit from rainforest logging in protected areas, the Dodgy Brothers are back in business.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2017


Hobart, Tasmania

Liberal Backbencher Sings to Donor's Tune

Liberal backbencher, Nic Street, is demonstrating what political influence decades of donations from the Federal Group has bought.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Anglicare Report Further Proof Tasmania Wins Without Monopoly Deed

The Greens hope all MPs will read in detail Anglicare's report on the enormous benefits that would flow if the Federal monopoly Deed is extinguished.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Aug 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Liberals' 'Individual Responsibility, Corporate Entitlement' Pokies Plan

Both the Premier and the Treasurer delivered a disappointing and underwhelming response to questions on the future of the Federal gambling monopoly.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2017


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Liberal and Labor Parties Need to Reject Federal Group Donations

With the Federal monopoly Deed due to formally expire in 2018 and end in 2019, now is a critical time for our democracy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 May 2017


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Liberals Must Listen to Rev. Costello on Pokies

Rev. Tim Costello has openly named the pokies industry as a powerful vested interest, which runs government gambling policy across Australia.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  12 Apr 2017


Shaking Hands

Liberals and Labor United on Crown Land Deals

Labor and the Liberals voted together against a Greens' Motion calling for far greater transparency in Crown Land deals with private developers.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2017


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Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

Following Prime Minister Turnbull's encouraging comments about exploring 'more timely' political donations disclosure, Premier Hodgman should follow suit.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Feb 2017


Hobart Private Hospital

Old Parties Refuse to Support Real Time Donations Disclosure

The Greens are disappointed both the Liberal and Labor Parties joined together, once again, to vote against donation transparency and democratic process.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2016


Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Ministers Failing to Answer Questions on Notice

It is disappointing to see the number of questions that were put on notice some time ago that have not yet been answered by ministers.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Apr 2016


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Federal Hotels' $25M Bluff

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2016


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Terms of Reference Just Liberal Policy

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 2016


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Will the Public Get a Say on Pokies?

The Treasurer has made it clear that he does not want to give Tasmanians a real say on the location, number, type and design of poker machines in Tasmania. 

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


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Still No Pokies Monopoly Mandate

As the Federal Group monopoly deed comes to an end the Treasurer has a once in a generation chance to better protect our community.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  22 Feb 2016


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Federal Hotels' Refurbishment Project

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Dec 2015


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The People Want Pokies Gone

In the last 12 months Tasmanians lost almost $200 million dollars in poker machines, which equates to over $380 for every single adult and child in the State.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2015


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Hodgman Won't Concede Federal Monopoly on Pokies Harming Tasmanians

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2015


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Federal Hotels Monopoly

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2015


Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania

Liberals Back Old, Destructive Loser

The Liberal Government was given a very simple choice by MONA, embrace the new Tasmanian economy or fall back into step with Federal Hotels.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Sep 2015


Shaking Hands

Federal Hotels 2018 Deal

Federal Group has reaped massive profits at the expense of low income Tasmanians as a result of the 15 year monopoly on gambling venues in Tasmania.

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


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Pokies Cost Community

The latest Treasury monthly break-down figures reveal Tasmanians lost a staggering $207, 340, 156 on poker machines from December 2013 to December 2014.

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