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Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing During COVID-19

Media Release - The tenants in the 20-unit complex in Hobart facing a huge rent hike is further evidence the State Government must enact a freeze on rent increases.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Apr 2020

Evictions Freeze Order Welcome

Media Release - We welcome the Order, gazetted today, to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from eviction. We are very thankful this was prioritised, as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic bite deeper.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Apr 2020

Liberals Must Enact Rent Controls to Protect Tenants

Media Release - The latest CoreLogic data confirms what too many renters know - Hobart has become unaffordable for many.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Mar 2020

NRAS Rent Hikes a Result of Poor Government Planning

Media Release - The end of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) has not been planned for by the Liberals in government, and it’s those who can least afford to pay higher rents who will pay the price.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Feb 2020

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Nov 2019

Police Offences Amendment (Repeal of Begging) Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor delivers a second reading speech for the Police Offences Amendment (Repeal of Begging) Bill 2019, a bill that removes the offence of begging and provides unnecessary police powers to relocate persons who engage in certain...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Nov 2019

A Secure, Affordable Place to Call Home

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens know Housing is a fundamental human right, yet more and more Tasmanians are being left out in the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Feb 2018

Housing Expo Ignores Airbnb Problem

Media Release - The Liberals' Housing and Homelessness Expo is an exercise in window dressing that will do nothing to address the housing crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Oct 2019

Housing Debt Relief Warmly Welcomed But Big Supply Challenges Remain

Media Release - The historic Commonwealth State Housing debt has been an albatross around the neck of Housing Tasmania for decades.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Sep 2019

Greens Push for Parliament to Tackle Rent Gouging Succeeds

Media Release - Housing availability and affordability in Tasmania is getting worse, pushing more people in to homelessness.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Aug 2019

Senator Abetz, the Hardest of Hearts

Media Release - Liberal Senator, Eric Abetz, needs to get out of his office more and talk to Tasmanians who are homeless or desperately searching for a place to live.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Jun 2019

First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - It is particularly apt that we are debating a housing affordability bill in a week that has been dominated by questions of the Government and our society's response to housing and homelessness.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Jun 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Housing and Homelessness

Parliamentary Activity - Mr Deputy Speaker, here we are again in this House, on this day, debating one of the most critically important issues confronting this parliament and the entire state of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Jun 2019

Housing Crisis

Parliamentary Activity - The Government today stands accused by one of their own of 'not giving a shit about the homeless'.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Jun 2019

Liberals' Housing Protection Racket

Media Release - The Liberals have used their numbers once again to prevent debate on the capacity of another failing Minister. This time, Housing Minister, Roger Jaensch. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Jun 2019

Premier and Housing Minister Dig In Over Unfair Evictions

Media Release - The full bench of the Supreme Court last week upheld an earlier ruling that Housing Tasmania tenants are entitled to natural justice. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Jun 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - State Budget

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I am pleased to talk about the state budget because, arguably, there has never been a state budget that will be more important than the one that we have before us. The next three years, the next 10...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 May 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Homelessness

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Thank you to Ms Standen and the honourable member for Franklin for bringing this Matter of Public Importance debate on today.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 May 2019

Minister Jaensch Clutching at Straws

Media Release - The long delayed release of data on housing, children and disabilities shows modest improvement in only one area of Minister Jaensch’s portfolio responsibility and even with that, it is still taking more than a year to find homes for high...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Jan 2019

Tasmania Report Confirms Need to Tackle Housing and Levy Visitors

Media Release - The TCCI’s Tasmania Report confirms the need to capitalise on the State’s visitor boom to pay for the disadvantage it helps to create.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Dec 2018

Spin Over Housing Supply Results

Media Release - Minister Jaensch’s bragging is highly misleading. The numbers provided in his media release are the total since 2015. In actuality, this quarterly report shows that in the last quarter very little is happening.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Nov 2018

Parliament Set to Debate Greens' Bill to Eliminate Crime of Begging

Media Release - The Tasmanian Parliament will have the opportunity to eliminate an antiquated and discriminatory criminal offence of begging in Greens’ Private Members’ Time next week. The provision, based on Victorian-era assumptions about the ‘criminal...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Oct 2018

At Risk Children and Young People Still Let Down

Media Release - Tasmania’s under-resourced child protection system continues to let down at risk children and young people.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Aug 2018

Domain Figures Confirm Escalating Housing Emergency

Media Release - Hobart rents are now rivalling Melbourne’s, in figures released today by Domain.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Apr 2018

New Housing Minister Has Urgent Task

Media Release - Mr Jaensch faces the most pressing task of any of the newly sworn in Cabinet members - tackling the housing emergency with substantive steps so people aren't freezing in tents at the Hobart Showgrounds over Winter.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Mar 2018

Labor Housing Policy Won't Tackle Housing Crisis

Media Release - The Labor Party's announcement on three new builds to tackle the housing crisis is woefully inadequate.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Jan 2018

Housing Announcement a Sign of Policy Failure

Media Release - The Hodgman Government has failed to deliver on affordable housing, with the housing waiting list skyrocketing to more than 3,600 applications under Minister Petrusma.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Mar 2017

Token Commitment to NPAH Increases Housing Insecurity

Media Release - News from today's COAG meeting that the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness will be extended for another 12 months lets down the community and housing sector.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Dec 2016

Parole Board Confirm Liberals Paying for Prisons Not Housing

Media Release - The Parole Board's Annual Report confirms the worst fears of the community and housing sector.  Prisoners who are suitable to be released on parole are being forced to stay in prison because they can't get housing.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Nov 2016

Petrusma Must Fight For Housing Funding

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonHousing Ministers from around Australia are meeting tomorrow to decide the future of the National Partnership on Homelessness (NPAH).

- 3 Nov 2016

Liberals Leave Ex-Offenders Out in the Cold

Media Release - When they axed the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program, the Liberals promised they would improve housing and assistance for ex-inmates.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Oct 2016

Ex-Offenders Forced Into Homelessness

Parliamentary Activity - Last year you axed the funding to the reintegration of ex-offenders program, REO, run by the Salvation Army. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Oct 2016

Housing Waiting List Soars Under Liberals

Media Release - Under the Liberal Government, the public housing waiting list has soared over the past two years. Every one of the 3,708 Tasmanians waiting for a house have a story to tell about homelessness or housing stress.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Sep 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Tasmanian Homeless Left Out in the Cold

Parliamentary Activity - Economist Saul Eslake confirms Tasmania is not receiving increased funding for affordable housing unlike every other state, which is getting an increase.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Premier Says Eslake, TasCOSS, Anglicare Are Wrong

Parliamentary Activity - Economist Saul Eslake agrees that Tuesday's budget contains little for Tasmania, and the Tasmanian Council of Social Services and Anglicare have given the federal budget a big thumbs down.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 May 2016

Ministerial Disrespect in Housing Title Giveaway

Media Release - The Minister for Human Services showed a complete lack of respect for one of Tasmania's most prominent community organisations in her attempt to justify the government's public housing giveaway in Question Time this morning.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Oct 2015

Government Confirms Privatisation of Public Housing Assets

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson For the first time in Tasmania's history a State Government is privatising Housing Tasmania homes through the transfer of Title.Human Services Minister, Jacquie Petrusma,...

- 24 Sep 2015

Housing Investment Step in the Right Direction

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson The release of the Affordable Housing Strategy and the investment of $13.5M this year won't deal with the critical supply issues in housing, but it's a reasonable start.

- 23 Sep 2015