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Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Police Offences Amendment (Nazi Symbol and Gesture Prohibition) Bill 2023

There is no question at all that fascism, Nazism, is on the rise in many western countries around the world.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2023

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Justice Miscellaneous (Removal of Outdated Sex Terminology) Bill 2023

We thank the Attorney-General for bringing this legislation forward.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 May 2023

Parliament House, Tasmania

LGBTI+ Counter-rally on Parliament Steps

Yesterday outside this place, love and inclusion resoundingly defeated hate and exclusion.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Mar 2023


Transgender Rights - Gathering on Parliament House Lawns

Denying someone's humanity and their right to be who they are is not just a difference of opinion. It is bigotry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2023


Timeline for Banning Conversion Practices

What has happened to your unwavering support for the LGBTIQ+ community? Have you buckled to the hard-right conservatives in your party room?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2023

Parliament House, Tasmania

Use of Nazi Symbols at Public Demonstrations

Over the weekend we saw Nazis goosestepping and Sieg Heil-ing in support of an anti-transgender hate group on the steps of Victoria's parliament.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2023


Love and Inclusion Drowned Out Hate and Exclusion Today

Hundreds of vocal, passionate Tasmanians showed up to defend the rights of transgender people outside Parliament today, and the Greens proudly stood with them.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2023


Rockliff Urged to Join Vigil to Support LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians

The Tasmanian Greens hope they will see Premier Rockliff at Equality Tasmania’s vigil to support LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2023


Fake Feminists Who Play Footsies with Nazis to Gather on Parliament Lawns

The Presiding Officers of Tasmania’s Parliament have regrettably decided to allow an anti-transgender hate group to rally on Parliament’s lawns tomorrow.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2023


Legislation to Prohibit Conversion Practices

One thing I noted was no mention of the promised legislation to prohibit conversion practices in Tasmania, which was a regrettable deficit in his speech.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Feb 2023

Parliament House, Tasmania

Conversion Practices

You were reasonably clear: you do not support language that marginalises, discriminates against or demonises LGBTIQ+ people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Nov 2022


Premier Too Weak to Tackle Religious Right in his Party

Premier Rockliff failed the courage test in Parliament this morning.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Nov 2022

Parliament House, Tasmania

Senator Alex Antic - Comments

The odious Senator Alex Antic, accused the ABC of 'grooming' over the reading of a book that tells young women it is okay to wear pants.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Nov 2022


ACL Reduced to Lies in Attack on LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians

The Australian Christian Lobby has attempted to scare MPs into not supporting a ban on conversion practices by sharing the results of a dodgy ‘survey’.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Nov 2022


Community Services and Development – LGBTIQ+ Wellbeing

There's obviously a lot that that report tells us that we need to do to provide inclusion and reduce prejudice against LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Jun 2022

House of Assembly, Tasmania

Attorney-General and Justice – Consent to Medical Treatment

The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has also done another excellent body of research on legal recognition of sex and gender.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2022


Attorney-General and Justice – SOGI Conversion Practices

Nationally there are one in 20 LGBTQI+ Australians who experience formal conversion practices, and this is research from LaTrobe University.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2022


Mental Health and Wellbeing – LGBTQI+ Tasmanians: Telling Us The Story report

Despite the progress that has been made in Tasmania, LGBTIQ+ people of all ages still report stigma, prejudice, exclusion and discrimination in our communities.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2022


Premier – Variation of sex characteristics

On the matter of people born with a variation of sex characteristics, there was also a TLRI report which recommended law change.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2022


Premier – SOGI Conversion Practices

This year the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute released their report on sexual orientation and gender identity conversion practices.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2022


Greens Welcome Premier’s commitment to Pursuing Ban on Conversion Practices

The Greens welcome the Premier’s commitment to act on the Tasmanian Law Reform Commission’s report on harmful, unscientific conversion practices.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2022


IDAHOBIT Breakfast

Mr Speaker, I want to speak tonight about the fantastic IDAHOBIT breakfast and celebration that I went to last week.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 May 2022


Conversion Practices Report on Point

The Greens welcome the release of the TLRI report on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conversion Practices.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 May 2022


LGBTIQ+ People - Providing a Safe Tasmania

Yesterday the results of the Government-commissioned UTAS LGBTIQ survey were released.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2022


Coroner's Office - Recognition of Legal Status of Relationships

In 2015 Mr Ben Jago was refused the status of senior next of kin by the Tasmanian Coroner, despite having that status under the Relationships Act.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Mar 2021

Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Attorney-General and Justice – Birth Certificate Changes

The TLRI noted the very positive impacts that birth certificate changes have had on the lives on transgender Tasmanians.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Nov 2020


Mental Health and Wellbeing – Birth Certificate Reforms

That bill which passed last year was strongly supported by the trans community and is part of a suite of measures removing the stigma.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Nov 2020


Disability and Community Development – LGBTI Wellbeing

Mental health is a very critical issue for LGBTI Tasmanians, it's pretty clear that transphobic statements add to this burden.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Nov 2020

Parliament House, Tasmania

TLRI Report Confirms No 'Unintended Consequences' from Transgender Law Reforms

The TLRI has confirmed nation-leading transgender reforms have none of the ‘unintended consequences’ Attorney General Archer warned of.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jun 2020

Religion, Book

Federal Religious Freedom Bill

Suicide rates and self-harm amongst LGBTI people, particularly young people and transgender people, is significantly higher than the average populations.

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


Passage of Historic Gender Reforms

The sky over Tasmania will not fall in following the passage of landmark human rights reforms through the Tasmanian Parliament this afternoon.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Apr 2019

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Gender Reform Laws Must be Debated Next Week

Tasmania’s Upper House has passed nation-leading legislation that will end entrenched bureaucratic discrimination against transgender people.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2019


Pride Parade, Taiwan, Statement of Climate Change, Taiwan

I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the heart and the spirit of our fellow island democracy Taiwan.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Nov 2018


Shameful, Dangerous Liberal Fear-mongering on Human Rights Reform

The Tasmanian Liberals are demonstrating their dangerous fear and ignorance of transgender and intersex Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Nov 2018


Justice And Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018

We know that life for transgender and intersex people can be extraordinarily hard. You can face discrimination, vilification, transphobia.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Nov 2018


Justice And Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018

In the mid-1980s I did a university degree, part of which involved a women's studies course.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Nov 2018


Archer Must Stop Whipping Up Fear and Loathing

Attorney-General, Elise Archer, is fanning the flames of transphobia through her dishonest statements on changes to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Nov 2018


Justice And Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018

We have before us a bill which is the bare minimum reflection of what the people of Australia told their parliaments to do last year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Oct 2018


Still Work to be Done on LGBTI Equality

Hundreds of Tasmanians refused to let thunder and rain dampen their rainbow spirits today at the annual TasPride march through Hobart.

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

Survey, Filling out Sheet

Marriage Equality - National Survey

The ABS is sending out postal votes for the survey on marriage equality because Prime Minister Turnbull did not have the courage to allow for a free vote.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2017


Anti-Discrimination Act Amendments - Effect on LGBTI Community

There are real concerns about the harm the debate on this survey will have on LGBTI Australians, particularly young people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2017


Legislative Council Rejects Weakened Anti-Discrimination Laws

In a victory for a just, fair, kind Tasmania, the Legislative Council has rejected the Hodgman Liberals' divisive attempt to weaken the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2017


Liberals Entrench Legal Discrimination Against Transgender Tasmanians

The Liberals tonight voted down the Greens' Births Deaths and Marriages Registration (No Forced Divorce) Amendment Bill 2014.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Aug 2017

Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Hodgman Government Caves to Extreme Right and Axes Safe Schools

The Hodgman Government's decision to scrap funding for the Safe Schools' program is a sure sign the Government has caved in to pressure from Senator Abetz.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Apr 2017

Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Outside the Liberal Cabinet, there is almost zero support for these Bills and a high degree of understanding about the damage they could cause if passed.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2017


Hodgman Must Scrap Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

It is well past time for the Premier to step in and remove the Anti-Discrimination (Amendment) Bill 2016 from his government’s legislative agenda.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Nov 2016

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Liberals Cave to Extreme Right on Safe Schools

At their State Council meeting today, the Tasmania Liberals passed a Motion to abolish the Safe Schools program.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Nov 2016


Time for Liberals to Abandon Anti-Discrimination Changes

Only one of 80 submissions to government supported changes to the State's anti-discrimination law.

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


Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill

First the Australian Greens and now federal Labor have vowed to block the plebiscite legislation being debated in federal parliament today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Oct 2016


Anti-Discrimination Act Changes Must be Ditched

The Anti-Discrimination Act (Amendment) Bill 2016 is still going through the second reading stages in the Tasmanian House of Assembly. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2016


Liberals Forging Ahead with Anti-Discrimination Changes Despite Morrissey's Concerns

There is a very real risk that as a result of the proposed amendments conduct which offends, humiliates or intimidates a child or young person may be permitted.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

Religion, Book

Premier Hodgman Not Standing By Past Comments on Anti-Discrimination

Last year in the Premier stated "I believe our society and democracy thrives on the basis of freedom of speech that is not unfettered".

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


Liberal Government Removes 'Reasonableness' from Anti-Discrimination Laws in Favour of the Church

In the final draft amendments the word 'reasonably' was removed in relation to the exemption provided for religious purposes under the act.

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

Child, Shadow

Children and Family Violence

I thought I would take this opportunity, seeing these remarkable young women in the Chamber, to thank them so much for the work they do.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2016


Anti-Discrimination Act Changes are Dangerous

The exemption provided on religious grounds in the amendment Bill will send a dangerous message out into the community.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2016

Gender Equality

Hodgman Abandons LGBTI Tasmanians and other Groups to Risk of Hate Speech

The Premier demonstrated his weakness and the utter hypocrisy of his Party today.

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


Sham Consultation on Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

We understand amendments to the State's anti-discrimination laws will shortly land in Parliament, after very little consultation.

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


Liberals Release Draft Amendments to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Act

The Liberal Government has released divisive, potentially dangerous and completely unnecessary proposed changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.

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

Gender Equality

Changes to Anti-Discrimination Act Divisive

Current exemptions under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 apply to academic, artistic, scientific or research purposes or any purpose in the public interest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2016


Premier Letting Down Vulnerable Tasmanians with Anti-Discrimination Changes

Tasmania's equal opportunity commissioner believes your plan to weaken the Anti-Discrimination Act in the lead up to a possible plebiscite is excessive. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2016


Hodgman Confirms Plan to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Laws

Hodgman's proposed changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 are a sign of the power in the extreme Right in the Liberal Party and lobbying from the churches.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2016


Liberals Set to Weaken Protection for LGBTI Tasmanians Pre-Plebiscite

The Premier is overseeing changes to the State's anti-discrimination laws that will weaken protections for LGBTI Tasmanians.

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

Logged Forest, Tarkine

Barnett Must Leave His Prejudices at the Cabinet Door

Premier Hodgman has chosen the same person who led the witch hunt into the sale of the Triabunna woodchip mill as their new Minister for Resources.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Jul 2016

Gender Equality

Teen Challenge Won't Welcome Everyone to Meander Rehab Centre

When the state decided to sell the site, Teen Challenge saw an opportunity and orchestrated the outcome which has now been presented.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Jun 2016


Unconvincing Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, told Estimates today that there was no need for change.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2016

Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Premier Flags Weaker Anti-Discrimination Pre-Plebiscite

The government has been lobbied by the Australian Christian Lobby to weaken protections in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2016


LGBTI Issues: Ultimate Support for a Simple Life

I rise tonight to respond to parliamentary secretary Mr Barnett's adjournment speech last evening on Safe Schools and his continued attack on LGBTI issues.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Safe Schools Must Not Be Cut or Watered Down

The Safe Schools Program is more than an anti-bullying measure, it’s a resource for teachers to help educate and avoid the conditions which foster bullying.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2016


More State Support for Safe Schools Needed

Minister Rockliff and the state government should send Prime Minister Turnbull a strong message, by increasing support for the Safe Schools program.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  28 Feb 2016

Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

More Schools Should Be Safe Schools

The federal government's attack on the Safe Schools Coalition is threatening the safety of young LGBTI people in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Feb 2016


Apology and Expungement of Convictions Welcome

The Greens welcome the government's decision to expunge the historic convictions of Tasmanians who were criminally charged on the basis of their sexuality.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Dec 2015


Marriage Equality Motion Passes

In a largely respectful and moving conscience debate late today, Tasmania's Parliament has sent a strong message for support for marriage equality to Canberra.

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

Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Anti Discrimination Act School Amendments Concerns

If religious schools use Mr Rockliff's blanket exemption to discriminate on religious grounds they should hand back every single dollar of government funding.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2015


Marriage Equality in the Air on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is for all lovers, regardless of gender or sexual identity, but shamefully the same cannot be said for marriage laws in Australia.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  14 Feb 2015

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Greens Table No Forced Divorce Bill

The Greens today tabled their Births Deaths and Marriages Registration (No Forced Divorce) Amendment Bill 2014.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  16 Oct 2014


Record Support for Marriage Equality

A new Crosby Textor poll on marriage equality has shown a record 72% support in Australia, with support for the reform doubling since 2004.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  15 Jul 2014


International Day against Homophobia

Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP called on Sam Newman to apologise for his unacceptable comments criticising affection expressed by a same-sex couple.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  15 May 2014