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Baby Steps for Tasmania's Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

When the rules for Tasmania's House of Assembly were first written, they were written by men, for men and largely, about men.

To be fair, it simply didn't occur to them that women had a role to play in Parliament and that, from time to time, expectant and nursing mothers would be regulars in the Chamber.

Thankfully, much has changed since our founding fathers wrote their own rule book.  Today's announcement by House of Assembly Speaker, Elise Archer, that babies will be no 'strangers' in our House, is warmly welcomed.

Liberals' Attack on Democracy

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Tasmanian Liberal party members clearly don't believe in representative democracy.

Their conference vote to abolish Hare-Clark is a transparent and shameless attempt to cling on to power by undermining one of the fairest electoral systems in the world.

This is the political establishment trying to tighten its grip on power, shut people out and silence dissenting voices.

They tried it, along with Labor, back in 1998 when they cut the numbers in the House of Assembly in an attempt to kill off the Greens.

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