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Alternative Budget 2019-20

Policies - Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget for the financial year 2019-20.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

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

Liberals' Failure Laid Bare on Social Justice Day

Media Release - World Social Justice Day shines the spotlight on Premier Gutwein’s promise of a ‘compassionate’ government for Tasmania and it reveals the Liberals’ spin over substance.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Feb 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

Housing Inquiry Report Confirms Need for Major Reform

Media Release - A substantial increase in funding for social housing, rent reform and curbs on short stay accomodation are essential to tackling Tasmania’s deepening housing crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Feb 2020

DEC Must Remain in Public Hands

Media Release - The Greens welcome the move towards a state basketball team. The Derwent Entertainment Centre deal, however, must be approached with caution.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Dec 2019

TCCI Report Reveals Widening Wealth Gap Under Hodgman Liberals

Media Release - The TCCI’s ‘Tasmania Report’ confirms what many Tasmanians are feeling. The wealth gap is widening under Will Hodgman’s leadership.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Dec 2019

Homes for all Tasmanians

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens plan to increase public housing expenditure, provide first home buyers with a stamp duty exemption...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Jan 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

Rent Increases - Regulation

Parliamentary Activity - The Tenants' Union of Tasmania makes it clear that as a result of the housing crisis some landlords are gouging tenants, which is driving up homelessness rates.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 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

Liberal Matter of Public Importance - Infrastructure and Jobs

Parliamentary Activity - The kind of infrastructure the House needs to be debating more is social infrastructure, housing infrastructure, 21st century infrastructure like cycleways, pedestrian accesses, light rail and ferries.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 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

Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR - I thank Ms Standen for her contribution. It was, as ever, well considered and very informative.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 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

Jaensch Refuses to Rule Out Evictions High Court Appeal

Media Release - Yesterday, the Full Court of the Supreme Court justly ruled Housing Tasmania must provide underlying reasons for evicting tenants . We welcome their ruling that Housing Tasmania tenants should have natural justice afforded to them and the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Jun 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Media Release - Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

Media Release - The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 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

Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Greens to indicate that we too will be supporting this legislation, and recognise it makes a number of significant, but minor, amendments to the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Sep 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


Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate that the Greens will be supporting this legislation. We have received a very thorough briefing from the head of the Planning Policy Unit and the secretary of the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Jul 2018


Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate that the Greens will be supporting this legislation. We have received a very thorough briefing from the head of the Planning Policy Unit and the secretary of the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Jul 2018

Full Debate - Short-stay Accommodation and Housing Crisis

Parliamentary Activity - Full debate of the Greens' motion to limit the conversion of residential properties to short stay accommodation and to enforce compliance with short stay accommodation rules.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Jun 2018

Housing Crisis - Regulation of Short Stay Accommodation

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Jun 2018

Jaensch Tinkering While Housing Crisis Escalates

Media Release - Minster Jaensch’s response to the escalating housing crisis is completely out of touch.  His failure to acknowledge the impact of short stay accommodation on the availability of rental homes will consign more Tasmanians to housing stress...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jun 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

Foreign Ownership and Influence

Media Release - Almost 25% of our state’s agricultural land is under a level of foreign ownership, and foreign donors are making large donations to the Liberals.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Jan 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

2017/18 Budget: No answers, No substance

Media Release - The Treasurer’s responses in Budget Estimates today were basically limited to pleas to just trust him.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Jun 2017

Greens Deliver Triple Bottom Line Alternative Budget

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget is a fully costed vision for the future that demonstrates it is possible to look after people and invest in their capacity, to protect our environmental assets and stimulate the economy through...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 May 2017

Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

Media Release - While Tasmania missed out any substantial infrastructure investment as a result of the Hodgman Liberals' failure, Tasmanians looking for a home or reliant on welfare are the big losers out of this Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 May 2017

Housing Announcement a Sign of Policy Failure

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokespersonThe Hodgman Government has failed to deliver on affordable housing, with the housing waiting list skyrocketing to more than 3,600 applications under Minister Petrusma.  ...

- 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

Ex-Prisoners Sent To The Bottom Of The List

Media Release - This morning, the Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma, told ABC Radio putting ex-prisoners onto a priority housing list is a "job done" by Housing Connect. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Oct 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 - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonUnder 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...

- 2 Sep 2016

Safe Haven Investment Welcome, Delay Questioned

Media Release - The Greens welcome the investment in settlement services for Safe Haven Enterprise Visa holders, who have left everything to flee conflict, deprivation or persecution.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Jul 2016

Full NDIS Scheme Will Change Lives

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonThousands of Tasmanians living with a disability will be able to access the supports they need to live more independently, access training and employment and achieve their...

- 1 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - It gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed Alternative Budget for 2016-17. It continues a long-standing tradition of the Tasmanian Greens to present an alternative vision for the future of Tasmania. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

$60M Housing Giveaway Remains Unjustified

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonIn Budget Estimates today, the Human Services Minister failed to provide any evidence that giving away up to 500 Housing Tasmania homes will increase the supply of affordable...

- 9 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Liberal and Labor parties to support sensible Greens’ policy that prioritises the long term wellbeing of Tasmanians over a fictional budget surplus.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Budget Lacking in Courage and Vision, Puts Environment Last

Media Release - Built on the mirage of a very short term surplus, the Liberals' third State Budget lacks both courage and vision.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 May 2016

Federal Budget Duds Tasmanians

Media Release - The first Turnbull Budget has left the vast majority of Tasmanians out in the cold.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

No Mandate Housing Asset Giveaway to Become Law

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonFor-profit, corporate housing developers will be able to secure Housing Tasmania homes for free or a pittance under legislation that has now passed through both Houses of...

- 26 Apr 2016

Homes Amendment Bill - 2nd Reading Speech

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison) -

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Media Release - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 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

Liberal Privatisation Agenda Becoming Clearer

Media Release - Despite the Premier's claims in April last year that they wouldn't sell public assets, we now know his government is considering selling the iconic Treasury building in Hobart and government buildings in St John Street, Launceston.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Oct 2015

Still Waiting for Housing Giveaway Details

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonMinister Petrusma dodged question after question on her government's housing giveaway plan in parliament this morning.

- 13 Oct 2015

Greens to Scrutinise Public Housing Giveaway in Parliament

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonThe Greens will move in Parliament this week for the Hodgman Government to put on hold its plan to give away up to $125 million worth of Housing Tasmania homes, until it can...

- 11 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

Investment in Housing Needed to Meet Local and Refugee Need

Media Release - The Liberals need to invest a sizeable portion of the projected half a billion dollars in GST windfall into the supply of social and affordable housing if we're to provide secure homes for desperate Syrian refugees as well as the almost...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Sep 2015

Liberals Treat Estimates with Contempt

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Human Services spokespersonIn now tired and typical fashion, we have seen yet another Liberal Minister obfuscating question after question in Budget Estimates with Liberal backbenchers running interference by...

- 11 Jun 2015

Budget Reply Speech

Parliamentary Activity - [11.57 a.m.]Ms O'CONNOR (Denison) - 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Jun 2015

Housing Waiting Lists and Energy Efficiency

Parliamentary Activity - Notice of MotionTuesday, 2 June 2015Cassy O'Connor MP on tomorrow to moveThat the House:1. Understands that Housing Tasmania’s waiting lists were at their lowest level in a decade under the previous Labor-Green Government;

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Jun 2015

Greens Budget Alternative for those the Liberals forgot

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Treasury spokespersonCassy O'Connor MP | Greens Health and Human Services spokesperson  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Jun 2015

Liberal Budget Repackages Old Money for Disadvantaged Tasmanians

Media Release - The Hodgman Liberal Government is trying to deceive disadvantaged Tasmanians into believing there’s something of substance for them in this year’s State Budget.  There isn’t.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2015