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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

Liberals, Ogilvie Vote to Gag Democracy

Media Release - As if it wasn’t chilling enough for the Liberals to seek to erode the democratic rights of all Tasmanians with their anti-peaceful protest law, today they gagged debate on the legislation itself.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Nov 2019

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

Media Release - The Greens have today written to the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) asking them to withdraw their support for the Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Amendment Bill. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Nov 2019

Anti-Protest Laws

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 14 Nov 2019

Incitement of Violence on Hong Kong Protesters Must be Condemned

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor speaks out over the Tasmanian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China (CPPRC) reposting an article that states Hong Kong independence protesters should be ‘executed’.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Aug 2019

University of Tasmania - Freedom of Speech

Parliamentary Activity - In recent weeks pro-democracy students have posted a symbolic Lennon Wall at the University of Tasmania's student lounge, with hundreds of messages of support and solidarity for students fighting for their freedom in Hong Kong.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Aug 2019

UTAS protests

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 7 Aug 2019

Pro-Beijing Forces on UTAS Campus Tear Down Lennon Wall

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Aug 2019

Hundreds of Thousands Wasted on Liberals' Draconian Protest Laws

Media Release - The enormity of legal costs of the corporate driven and politically motivated laws has been revealed at $355,000 - all to be paid for by the Tasmanian taxpayer. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Jan 2019

Right to Peaceful Protest Law - High Court Decision

Parliamentary Activity - 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, the right to stand up to protect the environment.

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

Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

Media Release - In a massive, justly deserved slap in the face to the Tasmanian Liberals, their draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws have been found to be in breach of the Australian Constitution by the High Court.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Oct 2017

Rockliff Must Investigate Biddulph Gag

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

Andrea Dawkins - 2 Mar 2017

Premier Hodgman Not Standing By Past Comments on Anti-Discrimination

Parliamentary Activity - Last year in the debate on the House giving in-principle support for marriage equality 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 - 21 Sep 2016

Parliament No Place for Hatred and Bigotry

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 15 September 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Condemns the dangerous, divisive and hate prompting maiden speech delivered by Queensland One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson on 14 September 2016 in the...

- 15 Sep 2016

Collision Course for High Court

Media Release - 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 - 25 May 2016