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Protest, Climate Emergency

Anti-protest Laws - Classification of Protesters

We have now had a chance to take a good look at the Government's proposed amendments to the nasty anti protest laws which were found to be unconstitutional.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2021

The amendment Bill removes all reference to environmental protestors, but that’s exactly who it targets.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  17 Sep 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Gutwein Government Anti-Protest Laws Target Tens of Thousands of Tasmanians

The amendments to the unconstitutional Workplace (Protection From Protesters) Act 2014 remove the rights of tens of thousands of Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2021


kunanyi / Mount Wellington

Barnett Confirms Plan to Lock Up Tasmanians Protesting to Protect Wilderness

In Estimates today, Guy Barnett, confirmed the reworked anti-protest laws will capture all those protesting against developments in public protected areas.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2021


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Defamation Amendment Bill 2021

It is a very important step and something that has been discussed across the country.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Sep 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Anti-Protest Laws

We have here leaked correspondence which makes clear the startling overreach behind these laws, which were found unconstitutional by the High Court.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Mar 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Greens Welcome Defeat of Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

The right to peaceful protest remains protected in Tasmania, following defeat of the Liberals’ draconian, unconstitutional anti-protest amendment Bill.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Mar 2021


Film Industry, Videographer

Arts – Wild Things

Mr Barnett said the Government would review Screen Tasmania's guidelines 'to make sure dangerous and illegal activities cannot be promoted or endorsed'.

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


Protest, Climate Emergency

Premier – Anti-Protest Bill

The failed Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act was basically regarded as unconstitutional by the High Court.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2020


Protest, Climate Emergency

Premier Confirms Anti-Protest Laws Pure Politics

Almost a year to since day the Liberals rammed their anti-protest laws through the Lower House, Premier Gutwein has confirmed the legislation was not urgent.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Nov 2020


Film Industry, Videographer

Shane Broad Reveals Authoritarian Streak

Labor’s Shane Broad has revealed his authoritarian streak, with an unpleasant display in last night’s parliamentary Adjournment Debate.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2020


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Election Campaigns - Application of Section 196 of the Electoral Act

Section 196 of the Electoral Act has consistently been used to prevent legitimate political discourse during election campaigns.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Sep 2020


Protest, Climate Emergency

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


Protest, Climate Emergency

Liberals, Ogilvie Vote to Gag Democracy

If it wasn’t chilling enough for the Liberals to erode democratic rights with anti-protest laws, today they gagged debate on the legislation itself.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Nov 2019


Protest, Climate Emergency

Greens Call on TCCI to Withdraw Support for Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

The Greens have today written to the TCCI asking them to withdraw their support for the Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Amendment Bill. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Nov 2019


Protest, Climate Emergency

Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor questions the premier over their second attempt at anti-protest legislation following the High Court's invalidation of the original laws.

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


Protest, Climate Emergency

Incitement of Violence on Hong Kong Protesters Must be Condemned

The Tasmanian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China (CPPRC) appears to be openly inciting violence.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Aug 2019


University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania - Freedom of Speech

In recent weeks pro-democracy students have posted a symbolic Lennon Wall at the University of Tasmania's student lounge.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Aug 2019


Chinese Flag

UTAS protests

Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise to speak about Hong Kong and the wave of students standing up for a free Hong Kong against the Chinese government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Aug 2019


University of Tasmania

Pro-Beijing Forces on UTAS Campus Tear Down Lennon Wall

Cassy O'Connor speaks out over pro-Beijing students tearing down the symbolic Lennon Wall at UTAS.

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


Protest, Climate Emergency

Hundreds of Thousands Wasted on Liberals' Draconian Protest Laws

The enormity of legal costs of the corporate driven and politically motivated laws has been revealed at $355,000. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Jan 2019


Protest, Climate Emergency

Right to Peaceful Protest Law - High Court Decision

The entire country now knows a bad law brought in by the Government has led to a landmark High Court decision affirming the right to peaceful protest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Oct 2017


Protest, Climate Emergency

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


Protest, Climate Emergency

Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

The Liberals' draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws have been found to be in breach of the Australian Constitution by the High Court.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Oct 2017


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Rockliff Must Investigate Biddulph Gag

The Education Minister must immediately investigate the full circumstances which led to the attempted gag of Steve Biddulph.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Mar 2017


Religion, Book

Premier Hodgman Not Standing By Past Comments on Anti-Discrimination

Last year in the Premier stated "I believe our society and democracy thrives on the basis of freedom of speech that is not unfettered".

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Sep 2016


Protest, Climate Emergency

Collision Course for High Court

Tasmania’s draconian Anti Protest Law is heading for a High Court challenge after the Government voted against a Greens bill to repeal the legislation.

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


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Defamation Laws-Common Sense Prevails

Attorney General Vanessa Goodwin's education is now complete as she has backed down from her draconian attempt to introduce gag laws in Tasmania.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2015


Protest, Climate Emergency

Anti-Protest Bill Passed-But Unworkable

People who care about a healthy democracy will be mourning the passage of the government's extreme anti-protest legislation.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  25 Nov 2014


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Libs Move to Amend Defamation Act

The Attorney-General today confirmed moves to amend the Defamation Act 1995 are designed to intimidate Tasmanians out of participating in public debate.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2014