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Barnett is a Disgrace

Guy Barnett is whipping up fear and loathing in the community over forests, with unfounded allegations over tree spiking.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Jul 2020

Three Year Forest Destruction Plan a Climate Disaster

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania’s ‘Three Year Wood Production Plan’ is a climate disaster.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jul 2020

Plan for Bushfire Season Now

UTAS bushfire experts are right, the increasing risk of catastrophic bushfires cannot be underestimated. The State Government must be preparing themselves now.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Matter of Public Importance

If the minister wants their job to be that much easier, he needs to advocate within Cabinet for an end to native forest logging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

The people working in our emergency services and Tasmania Fire Service do an outstanding job to keep us safe in bushfire season.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020

Latest Greenhouse Accounts Show Forests Doing Heavy Lifting

State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventories 2018 confirms Tasmania’s native forest estate is foundational to this island’s positive emissions profile.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jun 2020

Northern Region Prison Location

The Westbury reserve did not even make it on to the Government's list of initial sites.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020

Westbury Prison Site Location

We would like to understand why the Government chose a 70-hectare reserve with high conservation values as the new new northern prison site.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020

Gutwein Must Step Up on World Environment Day

The best gift the Gutwein Government could give Tasmania on World Environment Day is a policy reset.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2020

Firewood Theft in State Forests

On 8 May this year there were media reports of police laying charges against 19 people for $1 million in firewood theft.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2020

Gutwein Government and STT Now on Notice

The Gutwein Government is on notice following yesterday’s landmark Federal Court decision on logging threatened species habitat in Victoria.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2020

Independent Scientists Sound Warning Over Logging and Bushfire Risk

Independent scientists have written to Tasmanian MPs highlighting studies that show a clear connection between native forest logging and bushfire risk.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2020

Logging During COVID-19

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  |  Media Release  |  22 May 2020

New Forestry Peak Body Should be a Fresh Start for Industry

The Greens cautiously welcome the new forestry peak body replacing the divisive and ideologically driven Forests Industry Association of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 May 2020

Tree Spiking Allegations Have a Stink, Demand Investigation

No life should be at risk, nor physical harm come to any individual on either side of the forestry debate.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 May 2020

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

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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2020

Minister Barnett Needs a Big Rethink

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2020

Greens Call for Stronger Environmental Laws

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  |  Media Release  |  18 Apr 2020

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

As of today 356,000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon rich forests, will come under threat from the logging industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Apr 2020

Barnett Can't Fudge Threat to Forests

Minister Barnett knows the mendicant faction of the native forest logging industry want to get in to the 356 000 hectares of future reserve forest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020

WorkSafe Tasmania and the Bob Brown Foundation

The Liberals, the Labor Party and the Independent are all doing the same thing: they are creating a faux risk, but this is not what this issue is about.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Mar 2020

WorkSafe Tasmania and the Bob Brown Foundation

For the public to be able to have a measure of faith in the integrity of ministers of the Crown is essential and a foundational aspect of our democracy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Mar 2020

Questions Still Hang Over WorkSafe Protest Referral

The Minister for Justice, Elise Archer, undermined her own official statement and denied she referred the Bob Brown Foundation to WorkSafe.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Mar 2020

Forestry Watch Survey Report

The Forestry Watch survey report was issued on 20 January this year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Mar 2020

Slippery Language from Gutwein on WorkSafe Referral

Peter Gutwein could not give an honest answer about his knowledge of the unlawful WorkSafe prohibition notice slapped on the Bob Brown Foundation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Mar 2020

Gutwein Refuses to Protect Carbon Bank Forests

The Premier and first Liberal Minister for Climate Change refused to rule out logging the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest set.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Mar 2020

Court Vindicates Forest Defenders' Right to Peaceful Protest

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  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2020

Lapoinya Logging Plans

The Gutwein Government are heading back to log Myalla Spur at Lapoinya.

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

Gutwein Government Dog Whistling to Pro-Logging Thugs

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Feb 2020

Another Authoritarian Attack on Peaceful Protesters

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Feb 2020

Forest Defenders Making a Difference in takayna

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2020

Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfire Risk

The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2020

Liberals' Secret High Conservation Value Logging Talks Revealed

Right to Information documents reveal the forest industry have been in secret talks with the Liberals to open up 356,000ha of high conservation value forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Dec 2019

FSC Failures Confirm Native Forest Logging is Unsustainable

Revelations Sustainable Timber Tasmania have failed to pass their FSC audit is another reminder that native forest logging in Tasmania is not sustainable.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Dec 2019

Logging in Tasmanian Forest Agreement Second Tranche Forests

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019

Labor and the Liberals United in Carbon Bank Destruction

The Liberals, Labor and Clark MP, Madeleine Ogilvie, voted to allow logging the 365,000 hectares of forests set aside under the TFA.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Nov 2019

Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017

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 any approval provisions.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Greens Bill  |  1 Nov 2017

Protecting Parks and Reserves

The Tasmanian Greens want more investment in our parks and reserves, and want to ensure that public assets are sustainably managed and retain their integrity.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  19 Feb 2018

Alternative Budget 2019-20

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019

Forestry Tasmania FSC Certification

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2019

Labor and Liberal Climate Inaction Unity Ticket

Labor and the Liberals voted together, yet again, to let down young Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Sep 2019

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania Fails to Secure FSC, Again

Forest Stewardship Council auditors delivered their assessment report to ‘Sustainable Timbers Tasmania’ on the last Friday in May this year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Sep 2019

Hodgman Liberals Set to Log Carbon Bank Forests in Climate Emergency

The Premier today dealt young people another slap in the face with confirmation 356 000 hectares of forests will be opened to logging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Sep 2019

2019 State Conference Keynote Address

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  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2019

Leaked Polling Proves No Social Licence for Native Forest Logging

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2019

Growth Plan for Tasmanian Forests

If you want a clear indication of how far Labor has fallen, that speech, delivered by Dr Broad, a scientist allegedly, tells us everything we need to know.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Sep 2019

Leatherwood Forests Must be Protected

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

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

Labor Leadership Failure

In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Sep 2019

National Spotlight on Tasmania's Swift Parrot Shame

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jun 2019

Greens Condemn Sumac Forest Attack

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  |  Media Release  |  15 May 2019

Patriarch and Sons Not Welcome in Tasmania

The arrival of Patriarch and Sons in Tasmania’s forests is another sign the Liberals don’t care where the money is coming from.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Mar 2019

Majestic Timbers Crumbles Without Freight Subsidy

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Sep 2018

Christine Milne AO - Tribute

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Jun 2018

Hodgman Liberals Biggest Threat to Tasmania on World Environment Day

Earlier this week, millions of Australians tuned in to see Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2018

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

Minister Courtney today confirmed landowner’s consent was being considered by her government for the southern woodchip port. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2018

Liberals Claim Credit for Tasmanian Forest Agreement Emissions Reduction

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2018

Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry

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  |  Media Release  |  29 Mar 2018

Barnett's Forestry Jobs Dishonesty

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Nov 2017

Liberals' Forestry Agenda Putting Swift Parrot on the Chopping Block

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  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2017

Government Subsidies and Forestry Spin Continue Under Liberals

The Liberals' promise to end the subsidies to Forestry Tasmania has again been exposed as a lie.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Nov 2017

Barnett's Failure to Deliver

The latest Forestry Tasmania Annual Report demonstrates the continued failure of the Liberals’ commitment to move the business onto a sustainable footing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017

Liberals' Destructive Rainforest Logging Plan Takes Effect

The so-called Special Timbers Management Plan permits logging in regional reserves and conservation areas.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Oct 2017

Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act - High Court Challenge

In a massive slap in the face to the Government, the High Court has just ruled in favour Bob Brown's challenge to the Government's draconian anti-protest laws.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Oct 2017

Revitalised Brand Tasmania Needs to Promote Brand Integrity

The transformation of Brand Tasmania in to a statutory authority is positive, but without protecting the brand's integrity it will only be window dressing.

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

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

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  |  Media Release  |  20 Sep 2017

Liberals Rip Off Tasmanians Over Public Plantation Sale

Tasmanians are being robbed blind by the Liberals who have privatised 29 000 hectares of public hardwood plantations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2017

Greens Table Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill

I was proud to table the Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017 in Parliament today on behalf of the Greens.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Sep 2017

Liberals' Rainforest Logging Plan to Open Up Reserves

Introducing logging into reserves and conservation areas is a destructive move, designed to generate conflict.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Aug 2017

Destruction and Waste Define Liberals' Forest Policy

The Wilderness Society's (TWS) analysis of the Draft rainforest logging plan reaffirms the rampant anti-environmentalism of the Hodgman Liberals.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Aug 2017

Liberals' Orwellian Forestry Tasmania Restructure Continues Subsidies

The Liberals’ restructure of Forestry Tasmania has simply forced the GBE to sell its only potential profit making assets - the plantations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jul 2017

Two Year Reprieve for Threatened Forests

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  |  Media Release  |  22 Jun 2017

Liberal Lies over Forest Industry Subsidies

The Liberals are prepared to massively subsidise Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) move from Victoria.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Jun 2017

Forest-Destroying Minister Confirms Land Clearing Bonanza

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  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2017

Liberals' Forestry Mandate Climate Change Irony

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

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

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

Three years after abolishing the climate portfolio and the Climate Action Council, the Hodgman Government has released a woefully weak climate inaction plan.

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

Tarkine Forestry Regeneration Burn

Yesterday at 3.20 p.m. a forestry regeneration burn in the Tarkine escaped coupe TE008P on two points on its eastern boundary.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Apr 2017

Forestry Bill - No Market for HCV Forest Products

The industry has condemned the Government's plan to log forest that was set aside from protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Mar 2017

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

The Government has consistently claimed the industry needs access to the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest set aside under the TFA.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Mar 2017

Forestry Bill - Potential Logging at Derby

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Mar 2017

Forestry Bill - Threat to Tourism

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Mar 2017

Hodgman Government's Environmental Record

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Mar 2017

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Outside the Liberal Cabinet, there is almost zero support for these Bills and a high degree of understanding about the damage they could cause if passed.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2017

Barnett Dismisses Escaped Tarkine Burn

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2017

Liberals' Derby Hypocrisy

The Greens are strong supporters of the World Enduro Series, and the thriving mountain bike industry in and around Derby.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2017

Log Trucks on Tasmanian Roads

Minister Barnett is either misleading or in denial over the evidence that more log trucks will lead to an increase in serious accidents and fatalities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Mar 2017

Liberals' Forestry Jobs Failure

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  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2017

Gagged Liberals' Forest Bill a Recipe for Corruption

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

Liberals' Forest Farce

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  |  Media Release  |  14 Mar 2017

No Support for Liberals' Forest Plan

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

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

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

Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Feb 2017

Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging

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  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2017

Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2017

Tarkine Tourism Future for NW, not Forest and Heritage Destruction

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  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2017

Why Radio Silence on Macquarie Point Native Forest Exports?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2017

Forestry Politics on Show for Hobart Visitors

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2016

Industry Walking Away from Liberals' Logging Plan

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Nov 2016

Warped Liberal Priorities Put Tourism at Risk

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  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

Liberals' Blind Forestry Agenda Threatens Wielangta Tourist Drive

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  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2016

Greens to Seek Meeting with Forest Stewardship Council

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2016

Liberals Can't Have it Both Ways on Wielangta

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  |  Media Release  |  10 Nov 2016

Conservationists United, Call on Premier to Back Off HCV Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Oct 2016

Liberals Shuffling Deck Chairs on Forestry's Titanic

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Oct 2016

Barnett Continues to Mislead, Divide over Forestry

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Oct 2016

Minister Barnett Remains Delusional on Forests

The Resources Minister is at it again.  He is seeking to mislead Tasmanians and whip up community conflict over forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Oct 2016

Logging of High Conservation Value Forests

The Government has announced plans to let loggers into 400 000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon-rich forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Oct 2016

Forestry - Plans to Log High Conservation Forests

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Oct 2016

Weak, Short-Sighted Liberals Set to Reignite Forest Wars

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Oct 2016

Liberals Declare War on High Conservation Value Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Oct 2016

Call for No Commercial Tourism in Protected Areas

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

House Misled Over Native Forest Logging Subsidies

Minister for Resources, Hon. Guy Barnett MP, has claimed there are “thousands” of jobs in the native forest industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

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

The Liberals have made a decision to allow 180 000 cubic metres of native forest timber products to be shipped each year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2016

Over $18m Taxpayer Subsidy of Woodchip Export

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2016

Macquarie Point Woodchip Export Deal Suspicious

Majestic Timbers Australia did not register as a company until 10 days after Mr Gutwein had stated that terms had been agreed to.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2016

Hodgman Liberals Living Up to Lonely Planet's Warning

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Sep 2016

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

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

Minister Barnett in Cloud Cuckoo Land on FSC

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2016

Save the Tarkine Decision Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Aug 2016

Liberals Forestry Policy Deceptive and Delusional

The latest NAB State Update for Tasmania pointed to continued structural decline in the forestry sector.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

Liberal Government's Blind Pursuit of Native Forest Biomass

The use of forest biomass for energy is designed by industry proponents to entrench, legitimise and increase native forest logging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

Yesterday the Minister failed to state your Government's commitment to Forestry Tasmania achieving Forest Stewardship Council certification.

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

Forest Furnaces

Submissions close on Friday for the Government's program to use taxpayers' money in an attempt to revive the dying native forest-logging industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

Support for Great Western Tiers National Park Inside TWWHA

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Aug 2016

Resources Minister Misleads Parliament over Forestry Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Aug 2016

Delusional Resources Minister Backs in Forest Furnaces, not FSC

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2016

Mountain Bike Tourism Needs Wilderness Protection

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Jul 2016

Barnett Must Leave His Prejudices at the Cabinet Door

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Jul 2016

Forestry EOI Process Won't Revive Native Forest Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jul 2016

Brand Integrity Requires More than Celebrity

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Forestry Minister Walking Away from FSC

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2016

Liberal Fail on Dud Anti-Protester Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2016

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

Time to Scrap Liberals' Protest Laws

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  |  Media Release  |  18 May 2016

Government Should Account for Forest Carbon

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 May 2016

Minister Groom Must Act Now to Save Swift Parrot from Extinction

The Bob Brown Foundation has launched a campaign to Save Bruny Island from the logging that is destroying the habitat of the critically endangered swift parrot.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

Whole Lot of Nothing on Secretive Forestry EOI Process

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2016

Gutwein Should Use Derby Logging Delay to Consult Constituents

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Apr 2016

Greens' Response to Announcement of New Political Group

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  |  Media Release  |  4 Apr 2016

TWWHA Still in Limbo

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2016

Time to Repeal the Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

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

Anti-Protest Laws to be Challenged in High Court

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Mar 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

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  |  Media Release  |  1 Mar 2016

Tough Choices Ahead for Minister Gutwein

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  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2016

Farewell Paul Harriss

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  |  Media Release  |  17 Feb 2016

Greens Will Move to Repeal Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

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

Incompetent, Divisive Forests Minister Must Resign

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Jan 2016

Draconian New Protest Laws Used at Lapoinya

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  |  Media Release  |  19 Jan 2016

Premier Should Give Lapoinya a Christmas Reprieve

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  |  Media Release  |  17 Dec 2015

Paris Climate Deal Great Opportunity for Tasmania

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  |  Media Release  |  13 Dec 2015

Harriss Deaf to Community Wishes on Lapoinya

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  |  Media Release  |  4 Dec 2015

FSC Looking Like a Mirage Under Harriss

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Nov 2015

Forest Practices Plans Routinely Ignored

The annual report of Tasmania's Forest Practices' Authority makes it clear that Forest Practices Plans (FPPs) are regularly ignored by industry operators.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2015

Lonely Planet Hits Out at Hodgman Government

Travel Bible Lonely Planet has advised travellers to get in quick or miss out on Tasmania's pristine wilderness, "before compromises are made".

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Nov 2015

Stop Logging All Swift Parrot Forests

The 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  |  Media Release  |  30 Oct 2015

Forestry Tasmania Annual Report Smoke and Mirrors

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Oct 2015

Another Day, Another Handout to Forestry

After redirecting $7M allocated exit funding to keep people in the native forest industry, the Liberals are paying another $1M in compensation to contractors.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Oct 2015

Groom Content to Pillage TWWHA

Minister Groom's obfuscating and empty statements about 'traditional industries' in question time reveal a stunning disregard for Tasmania's protected places.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Sep 2015

Harriss in Denial on TWWHA Logging

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, has made it clear the government plans to blunder on and log in protected areas.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2015

Minister Harriss Misleading over Forest Industry

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, used Question Time this morning to rule out the bizarre idea of woodchip exports from Hobart’s wharf.

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

Liberals Caught in World Heritage Bind of Their Own Making

The Hodgman Government is delusional if it believes it can negotiate with the UNESCO World Heritage committee to allow logging and mining in the TWWHA.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Sep 2015

Tassie Forests could get Logging Reprieve

The Greens welcome Minister Groom’s commitment to investigate whether Tasmania may apply for funding to stop logging the habitat of threatened species.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2015

Emissions Reduction Target Woefully Inadequate

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  |  Media Release  |  11 Aug 2015

Minister Harriss being Deliberately Deceitful over WHA Logging

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss’s ridiculous claim that the Greens supported logging in the World Heritage Area does not stand up to scrutiny.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jul 2015

Liberals Forest Council in Disarray

Forests Minister Paul Harriss has been exposed by members of his own Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry as having no plan for Forestry Tasmania.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  19 Jun 2015

RET Decision Appalling for Tasmania and Our native Forests

The gutting of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and the inclusion of native forest biomass in the target is an appalling outcome for Tasmania.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  24 Jun 2015