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Hodgman’s Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

In the last sitting week of Parliament under the Hodgman Liberals, all the Premier’s chickens are coming home to roost.

After four years of dishonesty and spin, of refusing to accept any responsibility for problems and pointing the finger of blame at others, the Premier still spent all of question time today throwing accusations at the Greens and Labor and being loose with the truth about the circumstances surrounding the resignation of DPaC Secretary, Greg Johannes.

Buck Stops with Hodgman on Conflicts of Interests in State Service

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The findings of the Auditor-General's report into the appointment of senior public servants is concerning. It points to an ongoing problem the Liberals have in managing conflicts of interest, and we would support the Auditor-General in referring his report to the Integrity Commission.

Throughout this term of government, the Liberals have shown a disregard for proper process and the avoidance of conflict of interest within their own ranks.  This unhealthy political culture has been a hallmark of Will Hodgman's leadership.

Liberals’ State Election Positioning at Expense of Democracy

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Local Government spokesperson 

In Question Time today, the Minister for Local Government failed to explain why he is ordering a Glenorchy Council election for early January, but leaving residents in the Huon Valley to wait another year before they have the same opportunity.

His answer to the Greens' question doesn't pass the sniff test.

Both councils had serious allegations of staff and councillor misconduct and financial mismanagement that resulted in their councils being dismissed and a Board of Inquiry process.

Escalation of Hidding Forrest Dispute the Fault of the Premier

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Premier's woeful, stumbling performance in Question Time today points to a man for whom real leadership is an ambition beyond reach.

In trying to defend Minister Hidding over accusations of bullying and intimidation, the Premier made it clear he thinks doing nothing is an actual response.

It also became clear the Premier himself decided there had been no breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct. 

Liberals Bringing Themselves Undone Through Arrogance

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

It is a great privilege and responsibility to be appointed as a Minister of the Crown and the conduct of Ministers must reflect that a higher standard of behaviour is expected of them.

Regrettably, the Minister for Police, Transport and Infrastructure seems to have forgotten this. His conduct towards Ms Forrest reflects poorly on him and the Liberals in government.

He is clearly a breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct and there are legitimate questions about a breach of the Criminal Code Act 1925.

Liberals Put Cheap Politics Above Good Governance

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Premier confirmed in Question Time today that his word is worth very little.

In response to Greens' questioning, Will Hodgman made it clear he is prepared to put cheap political purpose ahead of the concerns of the business community over the size of Parliament.

The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for the numbers in the House of Assembly to be restored to 35, in the interests of good governance and to deepen the talent pool of potential Ministers.

Time to Restore the Numbers in Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Greens welcome the calls from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to restore the numbers in the Tasmanian Parliament.

This is a breakthrough in the campaign to restore the number to 35 seats following the Liberal and Labor Parties colluding to shaft the Greens in 1998 by cutting the numbers to 25. 

The consequence of that highly political and vindictive move was to shrink the Parliamentary talent pool and diminish the quality of debates and legislative outcomes in the House.

Greens' Motion of No Confidence in the Premier

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

We thought long and hard before bringing on a Motion of No Confidence in the Premier today. We recognise that such Parliamentary moves cannot be taken lightly or used frivolously.

Ultimately, given the events of the past week, last year and the Liberals' practices in the House over the past two years, we have no confidence in the Premier's capacity to lead an open, accountable and honest government.

Groom Latest Example of Parliamentary Contempt

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Minister Groom is the latest offender in the Liberal's contempt for transparent governance and ministerial accountability.

The Minister admitted that he had the MOU between UTAS, TasTAFE and the Government in his mind when he answered the question yesterday. He stood in the Parliament knowing that he had signed an MOU and denied there was a specific proposal on the table.

There clearly was a very specific proposal on Mr Groom's ministerial table.

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