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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

Justice Legislation Amendments (Criminal Responsibility) Bill 2020

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Mar 2020

Criminal Code Amendment (Sexual Abuse Terminology) Bill 2020

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 19 Mar 2020

Evidence Amendment Bill 2020 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 18 Mar 2020

Prison Audit Shows System on the Brink

Media Release - The Auditor-General’s report on the Tasmanian Prison Service shows a system on the brink of financial and functional collapse, and points the finger of blame at the Hodgman Government’s policies.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Nov 2019

Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading speech for the Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2019, which relates to police and judicial powers and procedures.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Oct 2019

Northern Prison a Regressive Step

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Sep 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Community Safety

Parliamentary Activity - What we are really talking about here is two parties that support the building of a massive investment in prison infrastructure in the north of the state that would, by the early estimates, have cost $137 million to build.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Sep 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

Commissioner for Children's Advice on Strip Searches

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s advice to government and recommendations around strip searches of children and young people.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 May 2019

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

Media Release - The latest Right to Information Annual Report highlights what everyone who has lodged an application already knows – this system, by the Hodgman Government’s direction, is broken.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 May 2019

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

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I will not go into a lengthy discourse about the position of the Greens on mandatory sentencing, irrespective of the category of people for whom it seeks to improve justice. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2019

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

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens strongly believe that the approach taken by this Government is not what is required to safeguard the interests of children, to act in their best welfare, and do the things that the evidence shows are the most effective in...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2019

Premier Must Release Advice on Weakening Tasmania's Gun Laws

Media Release - Premier Hodgman has failed to defend his government’s cover up of advice they allegedly received to say the Liberals’ secret firearms election policy would not breach the National Firearms Agreement. The Liberals will now have to come...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 8 Feb 2019

Parliament Set to Debate Greens' Bill to Eliminate Crime of Begging

Media Release - The Tasmanian Parliament will have the opportunity to eliminate an antiquated and discriminatory criminal offence of begging in Greens’ Private Members’ Time next week. The provision, based on Victorian-era assumptions about the ‘criminal...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Oct 2018

Begging for Fairness, Greens Move to End Classist Crime

Media Release - 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 - 27 Sep 2018

Corrections Amendment (Prisoner Remission) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, 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 - 18 Sep 2018

Lower House Parliamentary Inquiry into Gun Laws Unnecessary

Media Release - With the Legislative Council’s announcement they are dumping their Firearms Inquiry, 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 - 22 Aug 2018

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

Media Release - Tasmania is at a crossroads, its environment and way of life under unprecedented threat from big development interests lured here by the Liberals’ ‘open for business’ mantra and willingness to keep Tasmanians in the dark.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Aug 2018

Second Reading - TERRORISM (RESTRICTIONS ON BAIL AND PAROLE) BILL 2018 (No. 20)

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I will speak to the Terrorism (Restrictions on Bail and Parole) Bill which seeks to amend the 1997 Bail Act and also the Corrections Act 1994.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Aug 2018

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

Media Release - While the Hodgman Liberals continue to 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 - 13 Apr 2018

Greens Commit to Redress Scheme for Victims of Institutional Child Abuse

Media Release - The Premier's refusal to commit to the national redress scheme for victims of past sexual abuse, along with Labor's silence on the issue, are a slap in the face to the estimated 1,750 Tasmanian survivors who would be eligible under the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Feb 2018

Prisons at Breaking Point Under Liberals

Media Release - The Custodial Inspector’s Annual Report reveals a justice system in crisis under the Hodgman Liberals. The prison population is up by 10 per cent, on the back of a 15 per cent increase the year before.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Oct 2017

Fair Approach to Fines Needed

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens support calls from Community Legal Centres (CLCs) Tasmania to change the way fines are structured in order to ensure Tasmanians on low incomes are not going without food, clothing and shelter in order to pay their...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Oct 2017

Hodgman Must Commit Tasmania to National Redress Scheme

Media Release - 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 - 26 Oct 2017

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

Media Release - This year’s Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management Annual Report confirms on almost every crime measure the Liberals have promised to act, the statistics are not good.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Oct 2017

Contempt of Court Risk Health Minister's Fault

Media Release - Minister Ferguson has failed to properly resource the State's only secure mental health facility, the Wilfred Lopes Centre. Staffing levels are now so low the Centre cannot safely follow a Supreme Court order to admit a prisoner for care.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Oct 2017

Law and Order Policies

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF question to ACTING ATTORNEY-GENERAL, Mr GROOM[10.35 a.m.]

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Aug 2017

Risdon Prison - Overcrowding Causing Unrest

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF question to ACTING MINISTER for CORRECTIONS, Mr BARNETT

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Aug 2017

Annual Crime Figures Confirm 'Tough on Crime' is Failing

Media Release - Annual crime figures released by Tasmania Police yesterday demonstrate the Liberals' lopsided focus on law and order, and failure to invest in early intervention and rehabilitation, has made Tasmania a less safe place to live.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Aug 2017

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

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jun 2017

Liberals' Justice Incompetence

Media Release - Two explosive reports released this week expose a justice system that Attorney General, Vanessa Goodwin, has starved of funds, to breaking point.  It's victims of crime and community safety that are paying the price.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Mar 2017

Sentencing Amendment (Fines without Recording Convictions) Bill 2016 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I understand this bill is in response to the report commissioned by the former government from the Sentencing Advisory Council.  The letter requesting the report from the council sought advice on the...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Nov 2016

Sentencing Advisory Council Rejects Mandatory Sentences

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokespersonThe Sentencing Advisory Council has stood its ground and hit back at the Liberals’ politically motivated stunt designed to tap into people’s valid concerns for the safety of their children.

- 15 Nov 2016

Government Ministers Urged to Support Decriminalisation of Begging in Tasmania

Media Release - 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Oct 2016

Time for Liberals to Abandon Anti-Discrimination Changes

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader The revelation through Right to Information that only one of 80 submissions to government supported changes to the State's anti-discrimination law is further evidence that the Liberals are on the wrong...

- 20 Oct 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

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

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Acknowledges that the Ashley Youth Detention Centre represents a manifestly failed model for dealing with juvenile offenders.(2)           Notes that the Government has announced an...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Sep 2016

Liberals' Drug Treatment Under-Funding Written into Law

Media Release - The Sentencing Amendment Bill debated in Parliament expands the power to make Drug Treatment Orders to the Supreme Court. Given the dramatic rise in ice use and its associated problems, it's a welcome tool.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Sep 2016

Greens Release Costed Plan to Close Ashley

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader The Tasmanian Greens have developed a fully costed plan to close the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and invest in two new medium and high security facilities in the North and South that will deliver a...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Sep 2016

Ice Use Needs Government-Wide Action

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Police spokespersonThe Police Association’s concern about the increase in crimes against people in the last year should be taken seriously by the Government. Any assault on any individual is one too many.The...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Aug 2016

Government Must Heed Recommendations on Integrity Commission

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 25 August 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Aug 2016

Save the Tarkine Decision Welcome

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens commend the Full Court of the Supreme Court on its unanimous decision to dismiss the Liberal Government's appeal, and order to the Minister to provide a statement of reasons for the decision to grant mining leases for...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Aug 2016

Next Step in Abolishing Suspended Sentences

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 23 Aug 2016

Ashley Youth Detention Centre

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Greens recognise that the Minister and her agency have taken this matter very seriously.As this matter is now under investigation, we will not be commenting further on this specific allegation.  There...

- 19 Aug 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

TPC Should Rethink Planning Scheme Hearings

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Planning spokespersonIt was standing room only at the Tasmanian Planning Commission Hearing into the Statewide Planning Provisions in Hobart, with people struggling to hear proceedings.There was universal...

- 28 Jun 2016

Environmental Defenders Office Ignored Again

Media Release - Attorney General, Vanessa Goodwin, was happy to talk up picking up the slack of their Federal colleagues when it comes to funding to community legal centres, but refused to consider the Environmental Defenders Office.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Jun 2016

Liberals Snub Sentencing Advisory Council on Suspended Sentences

Parliamentary Activity - WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2016Rosalie Woodruff On tomorrow to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the release of the Sentencing Advisory Council final report into the Hodgman Liberals’ policy to abolish suspended sentences.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Apr 2016

Suspended Sentence Budget Black Hole

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokespersonLast week the Liberals confirmed their intention to phase out suspended sentences and replace them with alternatives, despite serious stakeholder concerns, including from the Law Society of...

- 5 Apr 2016

Wrong Way on Suspended Sentences

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokespersonThe Sentencing Advisory Council's report on the phasing out of suspended sentences delivered a list of less proven and far more costly alternatives. That's no surprise, considering they've...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Mar 2016

Greens Will Move to Repeal Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

Media Release - A retired anaesthetist, two nurses and a local builder arrested under draconian Liberal anti-protest laws at Lapoinya are exactly the kind of Tasmanians who Minister Harriss pledged would not be targeted when the Bill was before Parliament...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Feb 2016

Treatment of Sex Offenders Bill

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokespersonThe government today supported the Greens' amendment that improved the laws around the treatment of sex offenders. Our amendment means offenders who have assaulted sex workers will also be...

- 18 Nov 2015

Liberals Must Stop Playing Politics with Justice

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokespersonThe Liberals' attempt to introduce a user-pays levy on Tasmanian courts was so unjust it has even been rejected by the conservative Legislative Council.The Cost of Criminal Convictions Bill...

- 12 Nov 2015

Government Should Heed Justice Estcourt's Advice

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokespersonThe government would do well to heed the advice of Justice Stephen Estcourt QC on court 'user-pays' polices “that treat justice as a service that can be bought”.Justice is not a service that...

- 6 Nov 2015

Supermax a Distraction

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokespersonMoving selected maximum security prisoners interstate to a “supermax” prison is something the states having been working towards for at least a decade. However, even if the other states...

- 26 Oct 2015

Government Neuters Public Sector Watchdog

Media Release - The government is actively undermining the Integrity Commission. 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 - 4 Oct 2015

Integrity in Public Office Reforms Defeated

Media Release - Tasmania remains the only Australian state or territory without a crime of misconduct in public office, after neither the Liberals nor Labor supported the Greens Criminal Code Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill 2015.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Sep 2015

Integrity Commission Right on Gift Policy Problems

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson The Greens welcome the Integrity Commission’s investigation of gift policies in the public sector.It is standard practice in public and private agencies throughout Australia to reject gifts...

- 22 Sep 2015

Sentencing Advice Ignored Again

Media Release - 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 - 10 Sep 2015

Goodwin Puts Environment at Risk

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Aug 2015

Integrity Commission

Parliamentary Activity - QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICEMs O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2015

Integrity Commission

Parliamentary Activity - QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICEMs O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2015

Sentencing Report Damning of Liberals Justice Approach

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP  | Greens Justice spokespersonThe draft report of the Sentencing Advisory Council makes it clear the Liberals' plan to abolish suspended sentences could triple Tasmania's prison population, leading to more crime in...

- 22 Aug 2015

Criminal Code Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill Tabled

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderBoth the old parties will be given the opportunity in Parliament to bring Tasmania into line with the rest of the country and ensure the highest possible standards of ethical, lawful conduct in public...

- 20 Aug 2015

Premier Squibs on Public Misconduct

Media Release - The Premier today offered no proper justification for Tasmania being the only jurisdiction in the country not to have a crime of public misconduct on the State's statute books.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2015

Marriage Equality

Parliamentary Activity - NOTICE OF MOTIONThat this House:1.     Acknowledges the over 1200 Tasmanians who packed Hobart's City Hall on 8th August 2015 in support of marriage equality in Australia;2.     Understands that equal marriage would be the most important...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2015

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

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderWhen 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' in line with the Integrity Commission's recommendations.

- 16 Aug 2015

Outgoing Integrity Commission Chief Slams Cuts and Complacency

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens LeaderRetiring Integrity Commission Chief Commissioner, the Honourable Murray Kellam AO, has exposed in raw detail the Hodgman Liberal Government’s attempts to undermine and weaken Tasmania’s Integrity Commission...

- 7 Aug 2015

Democracy Still for Sale in Tasmania

Media Release - Nick McKIm MP | Greens Justice spokespersonThe Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin has washed her hands of any significant reform including restoring the House of Assembly to 35, introducing state based political donations disclosure laws,...

- 10 Jun 2015

Government Backs Down on Gutting Integrity Commission

Media Release - NIck McKim MP | Greens Justice spokespersonThe Attorney General temporarily backed down from her policy of removing the investigative functions of the Integrity Commission by indicating that she will “do nothing” until the completion of an...

- 10 Jun 2015

Reintegration for Ex-Offenders Program

Media Release - The Hodgman government has axed the highly successful ‘Reintegration for Ex-Offenders’ (REO) program run by the Salvation Army in a short-sighted cost-cutting move that will abandon ex-inmates and compromise community safety.

Nick Mckim - 24 Apr 2015

Support Community Access to Courts

Media Release - 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 - 19 May 2014