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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

Logging During COVID-19

Media Release - The continuation of destructive logging activity has been a disappointing blight on an otherwise thoughtful approach by the Premier through this pandemic.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 May 2020

New Forestry Peak Body Should be a Fresh Start for Industry

Media Release - The Greens cautiously welcome the creation of a new forestry peak body to replace the regularly divisive and ideologically driven Forests Industry Association of Tasmania (FIAT).

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 May 2020

Tree Spiking Allegations Have a Stink, Demand Investigation

Media Release - The Greens condemn all violence in, and surrounding, Tasmania’s forests. We acknowledge this is a heated issue, but no life should be at risk, nor physical harm come to any individual - on either side of the forestry debate.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 May 2020

North West Doctors' Forest Protection Calls Must be Central to COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Media Release - The plea from 23 GP's, registrars, and emergency doctors to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests should be heeded by all Members of Parliament, but most particularly the Premier and his Resources Minister.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2020

Minister Barnett Needs a Big Rethink

Media Release - Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, needs to take a broader view of Tasmania’s forestry sector and its potential role in this island’s recovery from coronavirus.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 May 2020

Greens Call for Stronger Environmental Laws

Media Release - The federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 oversees our wild places and threatened species, and is under its ten year review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Apr 2020

356,000 ha of High Conservation Value Forests Under Threat from Liberals, from Today

Media Release - As of today 356,000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon rich forests, set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, will come under threat from the logging industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Apr 2020

Barnett Can't Fudge Threat to Forests

Media Release - Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, knows very well the mendicant faction of the native forest logging industry want to get in to the 356 000 hectares of future reserve forest set aside under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Apr 2020

Greens Matter of Public Importance - WorkSafe Tasmania and the Bob Brown Foundation

Parliamentary Activity - The Liberals, the Labor Party and the Independent are all doing the same thing: they are creating a faux risk here but this is not what this issue is about. The real risk people are protesting peacefully in the forest is because they...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Mar 2020

Greens Matter of Public Importance - WorkSafe Tasmania and the Bob Brown Foundation

Parliamentary Activity - We brought this on as a matter of public importance today because public trust in our institutions is essential. For the public to be able to have a measure of faith in the integrity of ministers of the Crown is essential and a...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Mar 2020

Questions Still Hang Over WorkSafe Protest Referral

Media Release - In Parliament today, the Minister for Justice, Elise Archer, undermined her own official statement and denied she referred alleged unsafe workplace behaviours of the Bob Brown Foundation to WorkSafe Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 Mar 2020

Adjournment - Forestry Watch Survey Report

Parliamentary Activity - The Forestry Watch survey report was issued on 20 January this year. This is the work of scientists and citizen scientists who are going out, in this instance, particularly to forests in the Huon and Styx valleys to find evidence of our...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Mar 2020

Slippery Language from Gutwein on WorkSafe Referral

Media Release - In his first question time as Premier, Peter Gutwein could apparently not give an honest answer about his knowledge of the unlawful WorkSafe prohibition notice slapped on the Bob Brown Foundation a fortnight ago.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Mar 2020

Gutwein Refuses to Protect Carbon Bank Forests

Media Release - In State Parliament today, the Premier and first Liberal Minister for Climate Change refused to rule out logging the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value, and critical carbon bank, forest set aside for protection in 2013.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Mar 2020

Court Vindicates Forest Defenders' Right to Peaceful Protest

Media Release - Today’s decision by the Magistrates Court to uphold the Bob Brown Foundation’s Appeal against the government’s protest ban is very welcome news.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Feb 2020

Lapoinya Logging Plans

Media Release - After ramping up native forest logging in the takayna/Tarkine, re-visiting their anti-protest laws struck down by the High Court and using Worksafe Tasmania to silence dissent, the Gutwein Government are heading back to log Myalla Spur at...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Feb 2020

Gutwein Government Dog Whistling to Pro-Logging Thugs

Media Release - Within 24 hours of the Gutwein Government abusing the law to target peaceful protesters in the Tarkine, pro-logging thugs violently attacked those same peaceful protesters overnight.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Feb 2020

Another Authoritarian Attack on Peaceful Protesters

Media Release - Today’s attack on the right to peaceful forest protest through WorkSafe Tasmania’s directive to the Bob Brown Foundation is a politically motivated shield for the logging industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Feb 2020

Forest Defenders Making a Difference in takayna

Media Release - The presence of activists in takayna/Tarkine is clearly making a big impact on planned logging operations in the region.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Feb 2020

Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfire Risk

Media Release - The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds, yet it is accelerating under the Gutwein Government. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Feb 2020

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

FSC Failures Confirm Native Forest Logging is Unsustainable

Media Release - Revelations Sustainable Timber Tasmania, or Suss Timber, have failed to pass their FSC audit – yet again – is another reminder that native forest logging in Tasmania is not sustainable.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Dec 2019

Greens Motion - Logging in Tasmanian Forest Agreement Second Tranche Forests

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor moves a motion to protect the 356 000 hectares of Tasmanian Forest Agreement second tranche reserve forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Nov 2019

Labor and the Liberals United in Carbon Bank Destruction

Media Release - The Liberals, Labor and Clark MP, Madeleine Ogilvie, voted to allow logging the 365,000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon sink forests - set aside under the TFA - from April next year.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Nov 2019

Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017

Greens Bill - A Bill for an Act to repeal the Pulp Mill Assessment Act 2007 (No. 4 of 2007) and to revoke the Pulp Mill Permit and...

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Nov 2017

Protecting Parks and Reserves

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens want more investment in our parks and reserves, and want to ensure that public assets are...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Feb 2018

Forestry Tasmania FSC Certification

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor asks the Minister to confirm that the latest Forest Stewardship Council audit has resulted in failure to secure FSC certification.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Sep 2019

Labor and Liberal Climate Inaction Unity Ticket

Media Release - Labor and the Liberals voted together, yet again, to let down young Tasmanians. After last night uniting to vote against the Greens' motion to support the climate strike movement, today they refused to take responsibility.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Sep 2019

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania Fails to Secure FSC, Again

Media Release - Forest Stewardship Council auditors delivered their assessment report to ‘Sustainable Timbers Tasmania’ on the last Friday in May this year, four months ago.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Sep 2019

Hodgman Liberals Set to Log Carbon Bank Forests in Climate Emergency

Media Release - Following their failure to stand with young Tasmanians striking for a safe climate last Friday, the Premier and his Resources Minister today dealt young people another slap in the face with confirmation 356 000 hectares of carbon-dense...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Sep 2019

2019 State Conference Keynote Address

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor delivers a keynote address to the Tasmanian Greens' 2019 State Conference, discussing key Greens issues and the Green New Deal.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 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

Liberal Motion - Growth Plan for Tasmanian Forests

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, if you want a clear indication of how far Labor has fallen, that speech, delivered by so-called Dr Broad, a scientist allegedly, tells us everything we need to know.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Sep 2019

Leatherwood Forests Must be Protected

Media Release - Last summer’s bushfires burned large tracts of native forest, including the leatherwood trees so critical to the honey industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 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

National Spotlight on Tasmania's Swift Parrot Shame

Media Release - The Hodgman Government’s refusal to protect the swift parrot was front and centre on the national stage during last night’s Four Corners program. Bird experts confirmed, once again, that habitat destruction is increasing the risk of...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Jun 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

Patriarch and Sons Not Welcome in Tasmania

Media Release - The arrival of Patriarch and Sons in Tasmania’s forests and on the banks of the Tamar is another sign the Hodgman Liberals don’t care where the money is coming from, as long as it comes.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Mar 2019

Majestic Timbers Crumbles Without Freight Subsidy

Media Release - The Greens have received information to suggest the company that was Majestic Timbers is no longer operational.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Sep 2018

Christine Milne AO - Tribute

Parliamentary Activity - 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

Courtney Must Withhold Land Consent for Woodchip Port Until After Council Elections

Media Release - The Minister responsible for Tasmania’s Crown Lands, Sarah Courtney, today confirmed landowner’s consent was being considered by her government for the southern woodchip port. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 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

Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry

Media Release - A damning analysis of the Regional Forest Agreement in today’s The Guardian newspaper is an indictment on both State and Federal Governments.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Mar 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

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

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

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

Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act - High Court Challenge

Parliamentary Activity - In a massive slap in the face to the Government, the High Court has just ruled in favour of former Greens leader Bob Brown's challenge to your Government's draconian anti-protest laws.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 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

Premier Can't Explain How Plantation Sale isn't Privatisation

Media Release - The Premier has been exposed for misleading the Tasmanian people when he said in April 2014 that his government would not be privatizing public assets.

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

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

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

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

Liberal Lies over Forest Industry Subsidies

Media Release - The Liberals came to government promising to ‘end the subsidies’ to the native forest logging industry but they are prepared to massively subsidise Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) move from Victoria.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 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

Tarkine Forestry Regeneration Burn

Parliamentary Activity - Yesterday at 3.20 p.m. a forestry regeneration burn in the Tarkine escaped coupe TE008P on two points on its eastern boundary and moved into adjacent high conservation value forest, still protected in the Tasmanian Reserve Estate.

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Apr 2017

Forestry Bill - No Market for HCV Forest Products

Parliamentary Activity - The industry has condemned the Government's plan to log 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest that was set aside from protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, an agreement they negotiated and signed up to in good faith.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Mar 2017

Forest Industries Association of Tasmania's Objections to the Forestry Bill

Parliamentary Activity - The Government has consistently claimed the industry needs access to the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest that was set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 2017

Forestry Bill - Potential Logging at Derby

Parliamentary Activity - The growth in Derby visitation has increased by 250 per cent in the past two years.

Andrea Dawkins - 14 Mar 2017

Forestry Bill - Threat to Tourism

Parliamentary Activity - The draft legislation to allow logging in 356 000 hectares of high conservation value carbon-rich forest is a threat to Tasmania's growing visitor economy and its brand.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Mar 2017

Hodgman Government's Environmental Record

Parliamentary Activity - An increasing number of Tasmanians believe the Government has declared war on the environment and Tasmanians are determined to protect it.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Mar 2017

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Media Release - 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...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Apr 2017

Barnett Dismisses Escaped Tarkine Burn

Media Release - The Minister for Resources did not answer the Greens' questions about the escaped Tarkine regeneration burn in Parliament today.

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Apr 2017

Liberals' Derby Hypocrisy

Media Release - The Greens are strong supporters of the World Enduro Series, and the thriving mountain bike industry in and around Derby, set up with grants from the now-torn up Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Andrea Dawkins - 31 Mar 2017

Log Trucks on Tasmanian Roads

Media Release - Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, is either misleading or in denial over the evidence that an increased number of log trucks on Tasmanian roads will lead to an increase in serious accidents and fatalities. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Mar 2017

Liberals' Forestry Jobs Failure

Media Release - The 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 under the Hodgman Liberal Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Mar 2017

Gagged Liberals' Forest Bill a Recipe for Corruption

Media Release - In a clear signal they are afraid of Parliamentary scrutiny, the Liberals' gagged debate on their destructive and divisive high conservation value forest logging legislation in the early hours of this morning.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Mar 2017

Liberals' Forest Farce

Media Release - Legislation 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

No Support for Liberals' Forest Plan

Media Release - 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Feb 2017

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

Media Release - 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Feb 2017

Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid

Media Release - Forestry Tasmania has made it clear that if the Hodgman Government proceeds with its plan to open up 357 000 hectares of high conservation value forest to logging, it's bid for FSC will go back to square one.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Feb 2017

Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging

Media Release - Forestry Tasmania’s own High Conservation Value forest maps identify the Tarkine as one of the richest high conservation value locations in the State.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Feb 2017

Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment

Media Release - Today's news that Forestry roading in the Trowutta Blackwood forests directly threatens nesting habitat for the Wedge-tailed eagle is alarming.   All practices must be stopped immediately and a full investigation undertaken.

Andrea Dawkins - 10 Feb 2017

Tarkine Tourism Future for NW, not Forest and Heritage Destruction

Media Release - Environmentalists and members of the Aboriginal community gathered in the North West today to call for takayna/the Tarkine to be protected from destruction.

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Feb 2017

Why Radio Silence on Macquarie Point Native Forest Exports?

Media Release - It is now more than four months since the Liberals announced that Hobart's port would be turned into a woodchip and log export facility, yet Hobart residents are being treated like mushrooms.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Feb 2017

Forestry Politics on Show for Hobart Visitors

Media Release - Today's government announcement TasPorts will be entering into a partnership to facilitate log and woodchip exports out of Macquarie Wharf, with taxpayer money, demonstrates this government's warped priorities.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Dec 2016

Industry Walking Away from Liberals' Logging Plan

Media Release - If 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 from ARTEC will provide it.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Nov 2016

Warped Liberal Priorities Put Tourism at Risk

Media Release - Parks Minister, Matthew Groom’s Parks 21 progress report today comes on the heels of yesterday's Auditor General's report into Parks and Wildlife funding.

Andrea Dawkins - 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

Greens to Seek Meeting with Forest Stewardship Council

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens will seek a meeting with the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure they are fully informed about the Liberals' plan to allow loggers in to 357 000 hectares of high conservation value forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Nov 2016

Liberals Can't Have it Both Ways on Wielangta

Media Release - The 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Nov 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

Liberals Shuffling Deck Chairs on Forestry's Titanic

Media Release - Not known for their transparency, the Tasmanian Liberals are being highly transparent in their desire to create unnecessary conflict over forests in the lead up to the election.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 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 - The Resources Minister is at it again.  He is seeking to mislead Tasmanians and whip up community conflict over forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Oct 2016

Logging of High Conservation Value Forests

Parliamentary Activity - the Government has announced plans to let loggers into 400 000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon-rich forests in places such as Bruny, Wielangta, the Blue Tier, north-east highlands and the Tarkine.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Oct 2016

Forestry - Plans to Log High Conservation Forests

Parliamentary Activity - Yesterday, Minister Barnett announced that he is moving to let the loggers into 400 000 hectares of high conservation value carbon-rich forest.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Oct 2016

Weak, Short-Sighted Liberals Set to Reignite Forest Wars

Media Release - Through 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 hectares of high conservation value, carbon-rich forest is...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Oct 2016

Liberals Declare War on High Conservation Value Forests

Media Release - The 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Oct 2016

Call for No Commercial Tourism in Protected Areas

Parliamentary Activity - Recognition of the outstanding universal value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and its globally significant natural and cultural values.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Sep 2016

House Misled Over Native Forest Logging Subsidies

Parliamentary Activity - Minister for Resources, Hon. Guy Barnett MP, on 25 August 2016, and on several occasions since then has claimed there are “thousands” of jobs in the native forest industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Sep 2016

Log Trucks Full of Native Forest Products Ruining Hobart's Amenity

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 20 September 2016Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Recognises the Liberals have made a decision to allow 180 000 cubic metres of native forest timber products to be shipped through the port of Hobart at...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Sep 2016

Over $18m Taxpayer Subsidy of Woodchip Export

Parliamentary Activity - Do you acknowledge accepting a massive commonwealth taxpayer subsidy is the only way the export of woodchips from Macquarie Wharf can be feasible?

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Sep 2016

Macquarie Point Woodchip Export Deal Suspicious

Parliamentary Activity - An ASIC search undertaken by the Greens confirms that Majestic Timbers Australia did not register as a company until 18 July, 10 days after Mr Gutwein, as minister, had stated that terms had been agreed to with proponents for the export of...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Sep 2016

Hodgman Liberals Living Up to Lonely Planet's Warning

Media Release - Last year, the travellers' bible, Lonely Planet, warned international travellers to visit Tasmania's wild places 'before compromises are made.'

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 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

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

Liberals Forestry Policy Deceptive and Delusional

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Aug 2016

Liberal Government's Blind Pursuit of Native Forest Biomass

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

Cassy O'Connor 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

Support for Great Western Tiers National Park Inside TWWHA

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 23 August 2016Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the United Nations World Heritage Committee's recommendation to resolve the tenure of extensions to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that were...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Aug 2016

Resources Minister Misleads Parliament over Forestry Jobs

Media Release - Resources 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 into the House and correct the record.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Aug 2016

Delusional Resources Minister Backs in Forest Furnaces, not FSC

Media Release - In Question Time today, Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, displayed extraordinary ignorance in describing the burning of native forests for energy as 'renewable'.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Aug 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

Barnett Must Leave His Prejudices at the Cabinet Door

Media Release - Tasmanians may be surprised that Premier Hodgman has chosen the same person who led the witch hunt into the sale of the Triabunna woodchip mill as their new Minister for Resources, including forestry.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 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

Brand Integrity Requires More than Celebrity

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens welcome the appointment of Ray Martin as a Brand Ambassador for the State but we caution an over-reliance on celebrity at a time when the brand is under threat from Liberal policy.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens’ Alternative Budget is a statement of values.  It restores frontline funding to education and rightly includes the state Government's share of responsibility for crumbling sewerage and water infrastructure - two important issues...

Andrea Dawkins - 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

Liberal Fail on Dud Anti-Protester Laws

Media Release - If Tasmanians needed any more proof that the draconian anti-protest laws are unworkable, ridiculous law, they have it today with charges against every Lapoinya arrestee dropped.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 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

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

Time to Scrap Liberals' Protest Laws

Media Release - The decision by Tasmania Police to drop charges against Bob Brown is further evidence we'd be far better off without the Liberals' protester laws.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 May 2016

Government Should Account for Forest Carbon

Media Release - We welcome updated carbon accounting on the potential climate and monetary value of Tasmania’s forests, in a report produced by TreeMod and released today by The Wilderness Society.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 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

Whole Lot of Nothing on Secretive Forestry EOI Process

Media Release - Forestry 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 process.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Apr 2016

Gutwein Should Use Derby Logging Delay to Consult Constituents

Media Release - Forestry Tasmania has advised that logging of the outer part of contentious coupe CC104B at Derby will be delayed to February 2017.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Apr 2016

Greens' Response to Announcement of New Political Group

Media Release - The beauty of a democracy is that any group of concerned citizens can speak up and establish organisations to represent their concerns.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Apr 2016

TWWHA Still in Limbo

Media Release - The 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 they 'accept the United Nations' Report recommendations...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Mar 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

Media Release - It is clear from a Right to Information request we lodged that Mr Groom sat on his hands for at least two weeks after the fires began on 13 January and that no request was made to the Commonwealth for help.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Mar 2016

Time to Repeal the Anti-Protest Laws

Media Release - With the resignation of Minister Harriss and a High Court challenge under way, now is the right to time for the Government to admit its mistake and to repeal their anti-protest laws.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Media Release - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 2016

Anti-Protest Laws to be Challenged in High Court

Media Release - Tasmania'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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Mar 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

Media Release - The long-awaited Forest Stewardship Council audit report on Forestry Tasmania reveals the GBE has a long way to go before it achieves FSC certification.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Mar 2016

Tough Choices Ahead for Minister Gutwein

Media Release - The new Minister for Forests will need to have the courage to make the tough choices Paul Harriss clearly didn't want to make.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Feb 2016

Farewell Paul Harriss

Media Release - The resignation of Paul Harriss from the Ministry and the Parliament is good news and an acknowledgement of the flawed "forests policy" of this Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Feb 2016

Greens Will Move to Repeal Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

Media Release - A retired anaesthetist, two nurses and a local builder arrested under draconian Liberal anti-protest laws at Lapoinya are exactly the kind of Tasmanians who Minister Harriss pledged would not be targeted when the Bill was before Parliament...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Feb 2016

Incompetent, Divisive Forests Minister Must Resign

Media Release - Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, is presiding over a debacle in his portfolio and all of it, his own making.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Jan 2016

Draconian New Protest Laws Used at Lapoinya

Media Release - More than 70 concerned residents and community members gathered to stand up for the Lapoinya forest, to protest the roading and forestry operations.

Andrea Dawkins - 19 Jan 2016

Premier Should Give Lapoinya a Christmas Reprieve

Media Release - Now is the time for the Premier to step in and give those who have been fighting for the Lapoinya forest the gift of a Christmas reprieve.

Andrea Dawkins - 17 Dec 2015

Paris Climate Deal Great Opportunity for Tasmania

Media Release - The historic deal reached between 195 nations at the Paris climate summit is great news for the planet, and for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Dec 2015

Harriss Deaf to Community Wishes on Lapoinya

Media Release - The Forests of Lapoinya Action Group met with the Resources Minister, Paul Harriss to plead with him to save their beloved forest and have been shut down.

Andrea Dawkins - 4 Dec 2015

FSC Looking Like a Mirage Under Harriss

Media Release - With 15% of forest operations breaching Forest Protection Plans, Minister Harriss' assertion about the government's commitment to high environmental standards is a joke.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Nov 2015

Forest Practices Plans Routinely Ignored

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonThe annual report of Tasmania's Forest Practices' Authority makes it clear that Forest Practices Plans (FPPs) are regularly ignored by industry operators, and yet those who breach...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Nov 2015

Lonely Planet Hits Out at Hodgman Government

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe Hodgman Government is damaging Tasmania's wilderness tourism brand internationally.*Travel Bible Lonely Planet has advised travellers to get in quick or miss out on Tasmania's...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Nov 2015

Stop Logging All Swift Parrot Forests

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe international conservation listing of the swift parrot as critically endangered is the wakeup call the government needs to stop logging its habitat.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Oct 2015

Forestry Tasmania Annual Report Smoke and Mirrors

Media Release - Forestry Tasmania's Annual Report 2014-15 paints a blithely optimistic picture of the GBE's financial fortunes, glossing over a continuing reliance on public subsidies and bailouts at public expense.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Oct 2015

Another Day, Another Handout to Forestry

Media Release - After late last year redirecting $7M allocated exit funding to keep people in the native forest industry, the Liberals are paying another $1M in compensation to forests contractors.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 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

Harriss in Denial on TWWHA Logging

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonResources Minister, Paul Harriss, has made it clear the government plans to blunder on and log in protected areas, including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), in...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 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

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...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Aug 2015

Emissions Reduction Target Woefully Inadequate

Media Release - The Abbott Liberals have once more revealed they are a bunch of climate Luddites with their woeful 26% emissions reduction target by 2030. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Aug 2015

Minister Harriss being Deliberately Deceitful over WHA Logging

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderResources Minister, Paul Harriss’s ridiculous claim that the Greens supported logging in the World Heritage Area does not stand up to scrutiny.  He is, again, being deceitful and divisive for base political...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Jul 2015

Liberals Forest Council in Disarray

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Forests spokespersonForests Minister Paul Harriss has been exposed by members of his own Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry as having no plan for Forestry Tasmania.He has also been exposed as an authoritarian,...

Nick Mckim - 19 Jun 2015

RET Decision Appalling for Tasmania and Our native Forests

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Forests spokespersonThe gutting of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and the inclusion of native forest biomass in the target is an appalling outcome for Tasmania, and in particular will drive ongoing destruction of...

Nick Mckim - 24 Jun 2015