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Petrusma's Child Protection Crisis

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson

The Performance Measures for Child Protection in the DHHS Annual Report make it clear the system designed to protect some of Tasmania's most vulnerable children, is in significantly worse shape than it was under the previous government.        

Notifications are increasing.  There are four times as many children waiting for an investigative response from Child Protection compared to any time over the past three years.

Parole Board Confirm Liberals Paying for Prisons Not Housing

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Corrections spokesperson

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.

For the second year running, the Parole Board has confirmed the lack of housing for parolees, following the Liberals' closure of the Post Release Options Programs and the Salvation Army Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program.

Petrusma Must Fight For Housing Funding

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

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

The Minister for Human Services must take a strong position to the table so those Tasmanians experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, can continue to be supported into secure housing.

Hidding Confirms Federal Liberals Undermining NDIS

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

Transport Minister, Rene Hidding, has confirmed in Parliament today that the groundbreaking National Disability Insurance Scheme is being gradually but surely undermined by his Federal Colleagues.

The Greens have long been strong supporters of the NDIS because we recognise it is a life-changing and profound reform that has given people with a disability choice and control over the supports they receive.

Government Ministers Urged to Support Decriminalisation of Begging in Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Greens today tabled legislation to amend the Police Offences Act 1935 to remove a throwback provision that makes criminals of people who feel they are forced to beg for money.*

The current law was drafted in the days of the Great Depression, when poverty and the lack of a welfare safety net drove people to beg for money and food for survival. 

It has no place in a contemporary, compassionate society and that's why we've tabled this amendment Bill.

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