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Census Lays Liberals’ Homelessness Failure Bare

New data on the massive increase in homelessness in Tasmania is deeply distressing, and again highlights the need for urgent action from government

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2023

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Shelter Tas Report Demands Action on Short Stay Accommodation

New information on short stay accommodation’s impact on the Tasmanian rental markets highlights the urgent need for the Rockliff Government to step in.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jul 2022

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Greens Back Tenants Union Call for Vacant Resident Tax

Figures released today by the Tenants Union of Tasmania confirm there are at least 563 empty homes in the greater Hobart area alone.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2022

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State Development - Homelessness and Housing

The number of people who are in housing stress and experiencing homelessness has gone up.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021

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Housing Waiting List Ballooning Under Liberals

More than 4000 Tasmanians are languishing in stress on the soaring public housing waiting list.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2021

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Greens Release Plan to Provide Homes for All Tasmanians

Having a secure place to call home is a basic human right, yet it’s one thousands of Tasmanians are denied.

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

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Perhaps Minister Archer Should Talk to Tenants?

If Elise Archer MP thinks everything is fine for renters, perhaps she should try talking to one of the thousands of Tasmanians struggling to afford their rent.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Mar 2021

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Liberals Must Support SafeSpace

SafeSpace say the commercial real estate boom and their financial limitations are impacting their ability to find a new location. 

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

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Damning ROGS Data in Housing, Homelessness, Child Safety and Youth Justice

Vulnerable Tasmanians are being left behind by the Gutwein Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Jan 2021

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Deloitte Report Confirms Need to Keep Tenancy Protections in Place

The Deloitte Economic Business Outlook confirms the end of JobKeeper, along with JobSeeker supplements, will hurt Tasmania more than other states & territories.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Jan 2021

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Gutwein Government Leaving Homeless Tasmanians Out in the Cold

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare research reveals less than half the homeless Tasmanians looking for shelter received it in the past year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2020

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Housing – Ashley Youth Detention Centre

A disproportionate number of young people who are sent to remand at Ashley Youth Detention Centre are ejected into homelessness.

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

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Archer and Jaensch Both Responsible for Decision to Weaken Tenancy Laws

Minister Archer, today refused to reveal the reason for her proposal to strip essential tenancy protections from the Residential Tenancy Act. 

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Oct 2020

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Government Must Commit to Ending Homelessness Crisis

The Gutwein government must commit to a comprehensive plan to end the homelessness crisis.

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

Houses, Construction

Housing Led Recovery a Reality

The Premier’s announcement of increased housing investment and expansion of the HomeShare program is welcomed by the Greens.

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

Houses, Construction

Imminent Housing Spend Announcement Welcome

The Greens look forward tomorrow’s $3.1 billion construction announcement.

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

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Now is the Time to Regulate Airbnb

CoreLogic’s latest data about the availability of rental properties in Tasmania shows the clear impact Airbnb has had on housing availability.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2020

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Winter Warning on Homelessness Crisis

The Greens urge Housing Minister Roger Jaensch to step up and ensure homeless Tasmanians don't bear the brunt of another freezing winter outdoors.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2020

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More Coordinated Support for Homeless Urgently Needed

Reports that homeless Tasmanians are being turned away from Hobart’s Safe Night Space centre must be urgently addressed by Minister Jaensch.

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

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A Housing Led Recovery for Tasmania

The Tasmanian Greens today released the first pillar in our plan for Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19.

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

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YWCA Housing Survey Highlights Need for Housing-Led Recovery

Homelessness data released in the YWCA National Housing Survey is a stark reminder of the depth of Tasmania’s housing crisis.

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

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Support for Rough Sleepers Welcome

The Greens warmly welcome the Premier’s announcement today that more support will be provided to homeless Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Apr 2020

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Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing During COVID-19

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  |  Media Release  |  6 Apr 2020

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Evictions Freeze Order Welcome

We welcome the Order, gazetted today, to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from eviction.

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

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Liberals Must Enact Rent Controls to Protect Tenants

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Mar 2020

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NRAS Rent Hikes a Result of Poor Government Planning

The end of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) has not been planned for by the Liberals in government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Feb 2020

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Hodgman Government's Legacy

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Nov 2019

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Police Offences Amendment (Repeal of Begging) Bill 2019

It is positive to stand in this place and see legislation come before the House that was initiated by community sector leaders.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Nov 2019

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Housing Expo Ignores Airbnb Problem

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  |  Media Release  |  13 Oct 2019

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Housing Debt Relief Warmly Welcomed But Big Supply Challenges Remain

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

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

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Greens Push for Parliament to Tackle Rent Gouging Succeeds

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Aug 2019

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Senator Abetz, the Hardest of Hearts

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  |  Media Release  |  20 Jun 2019

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First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2019

It is apt that we are debating a housing affordability bill in a week that has been dominated by questions on the response to housing and homelessness.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Jun 2019

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Housing and Homelessness

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

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Housing Crisis

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

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Liberals' Housing Protection Racket

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  |  Media Release  |  12 Jun 2019

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Premier and Housing Minister Dig In Over Unfair Evictions

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  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2019

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State Budget

I am pleased to talk about the state budget because, arguably, there has never been a state budget that will be more important.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2019

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Let us be really clear about where this began, where this crisis started. It started in 2014, that is a fact.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 May 2019

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Minister Jaensch Clutching at Straws

The waiting list for housing is not falling, fewer people are being housed and less Tasmanians assisted to go in to the private rental market.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2019

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Tasmania Report Confirms Need to Tackle Housing and Levy Visitors

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  |  Media Release  |  3 Dec 2018

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Spin Over Housing Supply Results

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  |  Media Release  |  1 Nov 2018

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

The Tasmanian Parliament will have the opportunity to eliminate the criminal offence of begging in Greens’ Private Members’ Time next week.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2018

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At Risk Children and Young People Still Let Down

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Aug 2018

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Domain Figures Confirm Escalating Housing Emergency

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Apr 2018

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New Housing Minister Has Urgent Task

Mr Jaensch faces the most pressing task of any of the newly sworn in Cabinet members.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2018

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Labor Housing Policy Won't Tackle Housing Crisis

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Jan 2018

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Housing Announcement a Sign of Policy Failure

The 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  |  Media Release  |  2 Mar 2017

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Token Commitment to NPAH Increases Housing Insecurity

News 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  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2016

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Parole Board Confirm Liberals Paying for Prisons Not Housing

Prisoners who are suitable to be released on parole are being forced to stay in prison because they can't get housing.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

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Petrusma Must Fight For Housing Funding

Housing Ministers from around Australia are meeting tomorrow to decide the future of the National Partnership on Homelessness (NPAH).

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

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Liberals Leave Ex-Offenders Out in the Cold

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

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2016

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Ex-Offenders Forced Into Homelessness

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

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Oct 2016

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Housing Waiting List Soars Under Liberals

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  |  Media Release  |  2 Sep 2016

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Federal Budget 2016: Tasmanian Homeless Left Out in the Cold

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

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

Economist Saul Eslake agrees that Tuesday's budget contains little for Tasmania, and TASCOSS and Anglicare have given the federal budget a big thumbs down.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

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Ministerial Disrespect in Housing Title Giveaway

The Minister for Human Services showed a complete lack of respect for one of Tasmania's most prominent community organisations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2015

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Government Confirms Privatisation of Public Housing Assets

For the first time in Tasmania's history a State Government is privatising Housing Tasmania homes through the transfer of Title.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Sep 2015

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Housing Investment Step in the Right Direction

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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Sep 2015

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Preliminary State Budget Response

If you are homeless, sick, have children in public schools, or care about the environment and action on climate change, the Budget has let you down. 

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2015