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Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Leaders' Debate

Peter Gutwein and Rebecca White having a Leaders debate, organised by the Property Council at Wrest Point casino, says everything about their priorities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2021


Air View of Houses

Residential Rent Increases

The ACT model, which is a modest policy approach of rent increases being restrained to CPI plus 10 per cent of CPI, has been in place since 1997.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Mar 2021


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Residential Tenancy (Rent Control) Amendment Bill 2021

The Residential Tenancy (Rent Control) Amendment Bill 2021 replaces the current unworkable rent control provisions in the Residential Tenancy Act of 1997.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Mar 2021


Houses, Construction

Labor, Liberals, Ogilvie Let Down Tenants

The Greens’ move to protect tenants from unreasonable rent increases was voted down by Labor, the Liberals and Madeleine Ogilvie in Parliament today. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor Reply to Premier's Address

The world is in the grip of a pandemic and here in Tasmania, of course, there has been suffering.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2021


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Housing and Rental Affordability

The Real Estate Institute of Australia says Tasmania's rental affordability is now the worst in the nation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2021


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Greens Table Rent Control Legislation

We were proud to table the Residential Tenancy (Rent Control) Amendment Bill 2021 today on behalf of all Tasmanian tenants.

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


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Residential Tenancy (Rent Control) Amendment Bill 2021

A Bill for an Act to amend the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 for the purposes of regulating rent increases and allowing for rent reduction orders.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Greens Bill  |  24 Mar 2021


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Rents are Soaring, Liberals Oblivious, Parliament Must Act

Tasmania’s deepening housing crisis requires an urgent response and cooperation across non-government parties and independents in Parliament.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Feb 2021


Homeless Man

Two Weeks Before Rental Protections Expire To Leave Tenants More Vulnerable

The Premier must extend rental protections to avoid major social fallout while the economy is still struggling and a deadly virus rages across the globe.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Jan 2021


Homeless Man

New Figures Show Deepening Housing Crisis

The latest Human Services Dashboard figures reveal Tasmania’s housing crisis is deepening.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Jan 2021


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Labor Needs to Stand with Tenants

Tasmanian Labor needs to take a position on the looming expiry of COVID-19 emergency tenancy protections on 31 January.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Jan 2021


Homeless Man

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


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Corrections – Bail Hostel

Tasmania's housing crisis has impacted on the ability of accused people to successfully get bail, for no other reason than that they lack stable accommodation.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff 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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Community Sector Calls on Jaensch to Rule Out Tenancy Changes

Community sector organisations working at the front line of housing disadvantage have written to Housing Minister, Roger Jaensch, today calling on him to rule o

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Oct 2020


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Housing Matter of Public Importance

It was not until there was clear and distressing evidence of a housing crisis that this Liberal Government made sure there was new money going into Housing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2020


Homeless Man

Greens Urge MLCs to Amend Begging Bill

The Greens urge MLCs to vote against the increased police ‘move on’ powers in Section 5 of the government’s Begging Bill.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2020


Homeless Man

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


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Housing Quarterly Report Shows Need for a Housing Led Recovery

The Gutwein Government is making some inroads in to the critical housing supply shortage but progress remains too slow.

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


Homeless Man

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


Houses, Construction

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


Houses, Construction

A Housing Led Recovery

Tasmania’s long road to recovery from the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to shape our island’s future for the better and fairer.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  23 May 2020


Houses, Construction

Social and Affordable Housing Key to Recovery

Significant investment in social and affordable housing would kickstart Tasmania’s social and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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


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Housing Inquiry Report Confirms Need for Major Reform

An increase in funding for social housing, rent reform and curbs on short stay accommodation are essential to tackling Tasmania’s housing crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Feb 2020


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Big Business over the Majority of Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over his repeated prioritisation of big business over Tasmanians.

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


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Housing Affordability

There is no question that we are in the middle of a housing crisis and homelessness rates are increasing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019


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Homes for all Tasmanians

The Tasmanian Greens plan to increase public housing expenditure, provide first home buyers with a stamp duty exemption, and regulate the short stay market.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  27 Jan 2018


Houses, Construction

A Secure, Affordable Place to Call Home

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  23 Feb 2018


Homeless Man

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


Houses, Construction

Infrastructure and Jobs

The kind of infrastructure the House needs to be debating more is social infrastructure, housing infrastructure, 21st century infrastructure.

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


Homeless Man

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 Tasmania High Court challenge

The Government will not rule out a further expenditure of public funds to try to make it easier for Housing Tasmania to evict people into homelessness.

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


Homeless Man

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


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

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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Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

There is a surge in the budget allocation that runs out next year for child safety services.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Jun 2019


Lonely Child

Budget 2019-20 - Essential Services Funding

The elective surgery waiting list has soared, along with time spent in the emergency department, yet there is no new money for health in this year's budget.

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


Green Economics

Budget Reply Speech

Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 May 2019


Homeless Man

Homelessness

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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Short Stay Accommodation Bill 2018

Anglicare produces an annual snapshot of the rental market focusing on people who earn the least.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2019


Houses, Construction

Select Committee into Housing Affordability

We will be supporting the Labor Party's motion to establish a select committee for this purpose. It is important that we use every tool we have in the box.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2019


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Public Housing

Cassy O'Connor speaks to Labor's Matter of Public Importance on Public Housing, discussing the housing crisis and inadequate tenancy law.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Apr 2019


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Emergency Accommodation Requirements

Since Estimates the Minister for Housing has not had to respond in any public sense to an unresolved housing crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Aug 2018


Houses, Construction

Full Debate - Short-stay Accommodation and Housing Crisis

In Greater Hobart, at least 1993 properties are listed on just one short stay platform, more than double the amount listed in 2016.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Jun 2018


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Housing Crisis - Regulation of Short Stay Accommodation

The data reveals that between July 2016 and February 2018 an extra 2200 properties were listed on Airbnb and it is clear we have not yet reached peak Airbnb.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Jun 2018


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Jaensch Tinkering While Housing Crisis Escalates

Minster Jaensch’s response to the escalating housing crisis is completely out of touch.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2018


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Housing - Effect of Short-Stay Accommodation on Rental Market

A short time ago you challenged us to put forward solutions to the housing emergency. Here are two that the Greens took to the last election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 May 2018


Homeless Man

Housing - Confidence in Minister for Housing

Hobart has become Australia's least affordable capital city - the hardest place to both find and afford a home in the rental market.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 May 2018


Homeless Man

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


Homeless Man

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