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Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Damning Evidence of Corrections Implosion

The Custodial Inspectorate has issued another highly critical assessment of the government’s handling of the Corrections system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Oct 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tribute

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by Bill Clinton, the then president, in 1993 at the age of 60.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Sep 2020


Lonely Child

Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2020

While we are enacting a pilot witness intermediary scheme, I have no doubt that the scheme will prove to be of significant benefit to survivors and victims.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Dangerous Criminals and High-Risk Offenders Bill 2020

Generally, indefinite detention of a person can be the result of two different types of orders, depending on the time at which the order is made.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Bill 2020

The Greens are very pleased to support this bill which will finally bring into being a body that has been, as the minister said, decades in gestation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Aug 2020


Westbury Informal Reserve, Site of Proposed Northern Prison, Westbury, Tasmania

Liberals’ Westbury Spin Comes Undone

Today in Parliament, the Government confirmed its decision to pursue the second site for the northern prison was made in a rush.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Aug 2020


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Archer Needs to Commit to More Protection for Victims of Family Violence

More than a year has passed since a Coroner’s report detailed the case for enacting a standalone offence of non-fatal strangulation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jul 2020


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Liberal Prison Chaos Failing Community

After six years in government, it is clear the Liberals’ approach to crime and justice is failing on every front.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Jul 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Government Must Act Urgently on Youth Strip Searches

Information obtained by the Examiner newspaper shows invasive strip searches of children and young people are continuing at high levels.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jun 2020


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 2020 - In Committee

We should not be afraid to allow the Subordinate Legislation Committee to look at directions made by the Director of Public Health.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Law Books

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 2020

In broad terms we are prepared to support this legislation, as we were prepared to support the first COVID-19 emergency legislation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Justice Legislation Amendments (Criminal Responsibility) Bill 2020

I want to speak about the sort of tragic circumstances that have led to this bill coming before us today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Mar 2020


Law Books

Criminal Code Amendment (Sexual Abuse Terminology) Bill 2020

Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise to provide the Greens' support on the changes to the terminology in a number of subsections to section 124 of the Criminal Code.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Mar 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Evidence Amendment Bill 2020

I will commence my second reading comments on behalf of the Greens to say that we will be supporting this Evidence Amendment Bill 2020.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2020


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Prison Audit Shows System on the Brink

The Auditor-General’s report on the Tasmanian Prison Service shows a system on the brink of financial and functional collapse.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Nov 2019


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2019

The Greens support these amendments to the Sentencing Act, the Criminal Code Act and the Criminal Law (Detention and Interrogation) Act.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019


Green Economics

Alternative Budget 2019-20

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Northern Prison a Regressive Step

The move to build a new prison is foolish, regressive policy and is apparently the Liberals’ idea of vision.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Sep 2019


Drugs

Community Safety

What we are really talking about here is two parties that support the building of a massive investment in prison infrastructure in the north.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Sep 2019


Green Economics

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2019


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Commissioner for Children's Advice on Strip Searches

We welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s advice to government on strip searches of children and young people.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 May 2019


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Right to Information Report Confirms Hodgman Government's Culture of Secrecy

The latest Right to Information Annual Report highlights that this system, by the Hodgman Government’s direction, is broken.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2019


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Sentencing Amendment (Assaults On Off-Duty Police) Bill 2018

We have a long-held position based on the evidence that it is not appropriate to set legislation in parliament about mandatory sentencing levels.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2019


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Sentencing Amendment (Mandatory Sentencing For Serious Sexual Offences Against Children) Bill 2018

What a surprise that we are here today with exactly the same bill that we debated in 2017.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2019


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Archer Must Provide Concrete Answer Over Informant Question

The Victorian circumstance of a lawyer turned police informant had been surrounded in court suppression orders and secrecy.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Feb 2019


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Premier Must Release Advice on Weakening Tasmania's Gun Laws

Today’s Supreme Court’s judgement confirms the public have a right to see the advice provided to the Premier from the then-Police Minister.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Feb 2019


Homeless Man

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


Homeless Man

Begging for Fairness, Greens Move to End Classist Crime

The Greens tabled a bill today that would end the classist persecution of the poor by removing the crime of begging from the statute books.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Sep 2018


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Corrections Amendment (Prisoner Remission) Bill 2018

This bill that comes back into our place was roundly rejected by the Greens last time. The bill is in exactly the same form as it was.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Sep 2018


Pile of Handguns

Lower House Parliamentary Inquiry into Gun Laws Unnecessary

The Liberals have been quick to move to establish a House of Assembly Parliamentary Committee to inquire into firearms laws and future policy.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Aug 2018


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Greens Move to Reject Major Projects Legislation and Enshrine Public Say on Planning

In Parliament this week we will move to affirm the priority that must be given to public participation and appeal rights in any development.

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


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Terrorism (Restrictions on Bail and Parole) Bill 2018

Today we are presented with a bill that seeks to keep people in prisons after their sentences have been served because they might commit a crime.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Aug 2018


Child, Shadow

Liberals Must Listen to Survivors and Church Leaders and Commit to National Redress Scheme

While the Liberals drag their heels, Tasmania church leaders have joined forces to call for the State to join the National Child Abuse Redress Scheme.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Apr 2018


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Prisons at Breaking Point Under Liberals

The Custodial Inspector’s Annual Report reveals a justice system in crisis under the Hodgman Liberals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Oct 2017


Homeless Man

Fair Approach to Fines Needed

The Tasmanian Greens support calls from Community Legal Centres for Tasmania to change the way fines are structured.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Oct 2017


Child, Shadow

Hodgman Must Commit Tasmania to National Redress Scheme

The Turnbull Government today introduced legislation to establish a Commonwealth civil redress scheme for survivors of past abuse in institutional settings.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Oct 2017


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Liberals' 'Tough on Crime' Approach Leading to Increased Serious Crime

This year’s DPFEM Annual Report confirms on almost every crime measure the Liberals have promised to act, the statistics are not good.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Oct 2017


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Contempt of Court Risk Health Minister's Fault

Minister Ferguson has failed to properly resource the State's only secure mental health facility, the Wilfred Lopes Centre.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Oct 2017


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Law and Order Policies

Scrapping suspended sentences is only going to make this worse and increase the pressure on the prison.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Aug 2017


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Risdon Prison - Overcrowding Causing Unrest

The pressure cooker environment in Risdon Prison tells us everything about your Government's failure to manage it safely and in the public interest.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Aug 2017


Drugs

Annual Crime Figures Confirm 'Tough on Crime' is Failing

Annual crime figures released by Tasmania Police yesterday demonstrate the Liberals' lopsided focus on law and order.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Aug 2017


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Youth At Risk Strategy Undermined by 'Tough on Crime' Liberals

The Tasmanian Greens welcome the belated release of the government's Youth at Risk Strategy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2017


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Liberals' Justice Incompetence

Two explosive reports released this week expose a justice system that Attorney General, Vanessa Goodwin, has starved of funds, to breaking point.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Mar 2017


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Sentencing Amendment (Fines without Recording Convictions) Bill 2016

Maintaining the distinction between guilt and conviction also has the potential to improve community safety through the rehabilitation of offenders.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Sentencing Advisory Council Rejects Mandatory Sentences

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2016


Homeless Man

Government Ministers Urged to Support Decriminalisation of Begging in Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Oct 2016


LGBTI Flags

Time for Liberals to Abandon Anti-Discrimination Changes

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Oct 2016


Air View of Houses

Ex-Prisoners Sent To The Bottom Of The List

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Oct 2016


Homeless Man

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2016


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Call for Government to Adopt Missouri Model for Youth Justice and Detention

The Ashley Youth Detention Centre represents a manifestly failed model for dealing with juvenile offenders.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Sep 2016


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Liberals' Drug Treatment Under-Funding Written into Law

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Sep 2016


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Greens Release Costed Plan to Close Ashley

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2016


Drugs

Ice Use Needs Government-Wide Action

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2016


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Government Must Heed Recommendations on Integrity Commission

The first five-year review of the Integrity Commission explicitly confirms the commission’s role as a critical watchdog against corruption and misconduct.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Aug 2016


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Save the Tarkine Decision Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Aug 2016


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Next Step in Abolishing Suspended Sentences

The Liberals have taken the next step in scrapping suspended sentences, producing legislation for public comment.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Aug 2016


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Ashley Youth Detention Centre

The Greens recognise that the Minister and her agency have taken this matter very seriously.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Aug 2016


Green Economics

State Budget: Address in Reply

The Greens have discussed our energy strategy on numbers of occasions in this House since we tabled it early this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Justice, Scales and Gavel

TPC Should Rethink Planning Scheme Hearings

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jun 2016


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Environmental Defenders Office Ignored Again

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2016


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Liberals Snub Sentencing Advisory Council on Suspended Sentences

The Government’s terms of reference prevented the Sentencing Advisory Council from examining the question of whether suspended sentences should be abolished.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 2016


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Suspended Sentence Budget Black Hole

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2016


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Wrong Way on Suspended Sentences

The Sentencing Advisory Council's report on the phasing out of suspended sentences delivered a list of less proven and far more costly alternatives.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Mar 2016


Protest, Climate Emergency

Greens Will Move to Repeal Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Feb 2016


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Access to Justice is a Fundamental Right that Cannot be Bought or Sold

For a just and fair society to function every member of our community must be treated equally before the law, free from the influence of money, status or power.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2015


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Treatment of Sex Offenders Bill

The government today supported the Greens' amendment that improved the laws around the treatment of sex offenders.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Nov 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Liberals Must Stop Playing Politics with Justice

The Liberals' attempt to introduce a user-pays levy on Tasmanian courts was so unjust it has even been rejected by the conservative Legislative Council.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Government Should Heed Justice Estcourt's Advice

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Nov 2015


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Supermax a Distraction

Moving selected maximum security prisoners interstate to a “supermax” prison is something the states having been working towards for at least a decade.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Oct 2015


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Government Neuters Public Sector Watchdog

They've cut their funding and failed to act on any of the recommendations from the three year review, and now they're only appointing an Acting CEO.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Oct 2015


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Integrity in Public Office Reforms Defeated

Neither the Liberals nor Labor supported the Greens Criminal Code Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill 2015.

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


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Integrity Commission Right on Gift Policy Problems

It is standard practice in public and private agencies throughout Australia to reject gifts, or gifts over a certain value.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Preventative detention orders unnecessary

The Greens today voted against the continuation of preventative detention orders.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Sep 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Government should respect sentencing advice

The Final Report into Sex Offence Sentencing released by the Sentencing Advisory Council made fifteen recommendations.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Sentencing Advice Ignored Again

The Attorney General is ignoring her own Sentencing Advisory Council report on sentencing for sex offenders by pushing ahead with mandatory sentencing.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2015


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Supporting suspended sentences

The Sentencing Advisory Council has warned that if suspended sentences are abolished without non-custodial alternatives, the prison population could triple.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Aug 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Goodwin Puts Environment at Risk

Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin has endangered Tasmania’s clean, green land, water and air by denying funding to the Environmental Defenders Office.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Aug 2015


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Integrity Commission

The Premier is responsible for the State's public service and therefore its culture and standards.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Integrity Commission

Every Australian state, territory and the Commonwealth other than Tasmania has within its criminal law framework an offence of misconduct in public office.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Sentencing Report Damning of Liberals Justice Approach

The draft report of the Sentencing Advisory Council makes it clear the Liberals' plan to abolish suspended sentences could triple Tasmania's prison population.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Aug 2015


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Criminal Code Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill Tabled

Both the old parties will be given the opportunity in Parliament to bring Tasmania into line with the rest of the country.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Aug 2015


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Premier Squibs on Public Misconduct

The Premier today offered no proper justification for Tasmania being the only jurisdiction in the country not to have a crime of public misconduct.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2015


LGBTI Flags

Marriage Equality

Equal marriage would be the most important step our country could take to end discrimination against LGBTI Australians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Time for Tasmania to Join the Rest of the Nation on Public Trust

When Parliament returns this week, the Greens will table an amendment to the Criminal Code Act 1924 to create a crime of 'misconduct in public office'.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Aug 2015


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Outgoing Integrity Commission Chief Slams Cuts and Complacency

The Honourable Murray Kellam AO, has exposed in raw detail the Hodgman Liberal Government’s attempts to undermine and weaken Tasmania’s Integrity Commission.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Aug 2015


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Democracy Still for Sale in Tasmania

The Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin has washed her hands of any significant reform including restoring the House of Assembly to 35.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Government Backs Down on Gutting Integrity Commission

The Attorney General temporarily backed down from her policy of removing the investigative functions of the Integrity Commission.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Involve Community in Tackling Crime

The Hodgman government needs to urgently convene a Safe Community taskforce to develop a strategy to tackle the apparent increase in crime.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  17 May 2015


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Statement on Execution

The Tasmanian Greens have expressed their sorrow and sympathies to the families and friends of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  29 Apr 2015


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Reintegration for Ex-Offenders Program

The Hodgman government has axed the highly successful ‘Reintegration for Ex-Offenders’ program in a short-sighted cost-cutting move.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  24 Apr 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Death Penalty is No Answer

Greens Leader Kim Booth MP today called on leaders in Australia and overseas to remain steadfast in their opposition to the death penalty.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  4 Mar 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

DPP Stood Down

The Greens understand the Attorney General’s decision to recommend to the Governor that the DPP be removed from his position.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  24 Jan 2015


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Judicial Review

The Greens have in-principle support for judicial review in criminal cases where new evidence has arisen or when a conviction may be unsafe.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2014


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Libs Move to Amend Defamation Act

The Attorney-General today confirmed moves to amend the Defamation Act 1995 are designed to intimidate Tasmanians out of participating in public debate.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2014


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Support Community Access to Courts

Community Legal Centres are not only facing horrendous budget cuts, but also attempts by the Liberal party to prevent them advocating for policy and law reform.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2014