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Looking Out for LGBTI Tasmanians

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens believe every Australian has the right to be treated equally. Action on equality is essential for...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Jan 2018

Federal Religious Freedom Bill

Parliamentary Activity - As Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, do you support your federal colleagues' push for the so-called religious freedom bill, which will make it easier for bigots to humiliate, harass, harm and hurt the mental wellbeing of LGBTI...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Sep 2019

Passage of Historic Gender Reforms

Media Release - The sun will rise tomorrow morning and 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 - 10 Apr 2019

Gender Reform Laws Must be Debated Next Week

Media Release - Tasmania’s Upper House has passed nation-leading legislation that would end the punitive and entrenched bureaucratic discrimination against transgender people.  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Apr 2019

Adjournment - Pride Parade, Taiwan, Statement of Climate Change, Taiwan

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I just wanted to take a moment on the adjournment tonight to acknowledge the heart and the spirit of our fellow island democracy Taiwan Times which has one of the most wonderful...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Nov 2018

Shameful, Dangerous Liberal Fear-mongering on Human Rights Reform

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Nov 2018

Justice And Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, of course we support the move to ensure that the amendments which we have prepared along with Labor and the transgender community in Tasmania, must be debated today. Today is the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Nov 2018

Justice And Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - In the mid-1980s I did a university degree, part of which involved a women's studies course. One of the things that was discussed at that time was a conversation about what is sex and what is gender.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Nov 2018

Archer Must Stop Whipping Up Fear and Loathing

Media Release - 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 - 1 Nov 2018

Justice And Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I rise to speak on the Justice and Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018 and acknowledge the outstanding contribution we just heard from my colleague, the member for...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Oct 2018

Still Work to be Done on LGBTI Equality

Media Release - 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 - 13 Jan 2018

Marriage Equality - National Survey

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Sep 2017

Anti-Discrimination Act Amendments - Effect on LGBTI Community

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN[10.12 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Aug 2017

Legislative Council Rejects Weakened Anti-Discrimination Laws

Media Release - 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 1998 in the lead up to the postal survey on marriage equality.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Aug 2017

Liberals Entrench Legal Discrimination Against Transgender Tasmanians

Media Release - The Liberals tonight voted down the Greens' Births Deaths and Marriages Registration (No Forced Divorce) Amendment Bill 2014, despite knowing it forces loving couples to divorce if one partner is transgender and seeks to change their Birth...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Aug 2017

Hodgman Government Caves to Extreme Right and Axes Safe Schools

Media Release - The Hodgman Government's decision to scrap funding for the Safe Schools' program is a sure sign the Premier and Education Minister have caved in to pressure from Senator Abetz, and the extreme Right within their ranks.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Apr 2017

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' LeaderFacing a storm of stakeholder and community condemnation and defeat in the Legislative Council, the Hodgman Liberals have cynically delayed debate on two divisive, contentious pieces of legislation until...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Apr 2017

Safe Schools

Parliamentary Activity - Ms Dawkins to move—That the House:—

- 17 Nov 2016

Hodgman Must Scrap Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderOne of the most ill-thought and potentially harmful pieces of legislation is now sitting in limbo in the Legislative Council. It is well past time for the Premier to step in and remove the Anti-...

- 9 Nov 2016

Liberals Cave to Extreme Right on Safe Schools

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

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Nov 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

Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill

Parliamentary Activity - First the Australian Greens and now federal Labor have vowed to block the plebiscite legislation being debated in federal parliament today because of the risk of harm to LGBTI people.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Oct 2016

Anti-Discrimination Act Changes Must be Ditched

Media Release - Federal Labor's decision to join the Australian Greens in rejecting the proposed national plebiscite on marriage equality now leaves the Hodgman Government with no basis for proceeding with changes to Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Act...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Oct 2016

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

Parliamentary Activity - The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, the Law Society, community legal centres, Civil Liberties Australia and LGBTI advocates do not support your attempt to weaken protections in the Anti-Discrimination Act

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Sep 2016

Premier Hodgman Not Standing By Past Comments on Anti-Discrimination

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 21 September 2016Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN[10.27 a.m.]Last year in the debate on the House giving in-principle support for marriage equality you stated:

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Sep 2016

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

Parliamentary Activity - Can you explain why, 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 - 21 Sep 2016

Children and Family Violence

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) -  Madam Speaker, Mr Jaensch will need to be a bit quicker off his seat because I know he has some special guests in here today from Project O at Wynyard.  I know he wanted to attend the launch...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Sep 2016

Anti-Discrimination Act Changes are Dangerous

Media Release - The removal of the word ‘reasonably’ from the final draft of proposed amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 is proof that Premier, Will Hodgman, is being driven by the hard Right in his Party, just like his Federal colleague,...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Sep 2016

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

Media Release - The Premier demonstrated his weakness and the utter hypocrisy of his Party today. On the one hand he was speaking against sexist language at the launch of a report into the impact of family violence on children, while on the other, tabling...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Sep 2016

Liberals Weakening Anti-Discrimination Laws

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 14 September 2016Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the Liberal Government's plan to weaken Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Act ahead of the divisive possible plebiscite on marriage equality that has...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Sep 2016

Sham Consultation on Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

Media Release - If amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 are tabled this week it will be an indictment on Premier Hodgman, who has caved in to the extremists in his Cabinet and the Australian Christian Lobby.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Sep 2016

Liberals Release Draft Amendments to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Act

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Liberal Government has released divisive, potentially dangerous and completely unnecessary proposed changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.

- 25 Aug 2016

Changes to Anti-Discrimination Act Divisive

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2016

Premier Letting Down Vulnerable Tasmanians with Anti-Discrimination Changes

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN[10.14 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Aug 2016

Hodgman Confirms Plan to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Laws

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Aug 2016

Liberals Set to Weaken Protection for LGBTI Tasmanians Pre-Plebiscite

Media Release - The Premier has caved in to opponents of marriage equality and is overseeing changes to the State's anti-discrimination laws that will weaken protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender and intersex Tasmanians in the lead up to...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Aug 2016

Barnett Must Leave His Prejudices at the Cabinet Door

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderTasmanians may be surprised that 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, including forestry.

- 12 Jul 2016

Ministers on Notice to Ensure All Checks Are Done With Teen Challenge

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—(a)           that in December 2014 the Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP, announced the closure of the former Meander Primary School at Meander;

- 16 Jun 2016

Teen Challenge Won't Welcome Everyone to Meander Rehab Centre

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS (Bass) - Madam Speaker, I rise to speak about the future of the old Meander Valley School under the management of an organisation named Teen Challenge.  When the state decided to sell the site, Teen Challenge saw an opportunity...

- 15 Jun 2016

Unconvincing Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderAfter the Premier confirmed the government were considering changing the Anti-Discrimination Act yesterday, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, told Estimates today that there was no need for...

- 7 Jun 2016

Premier Flags Weaker Anti-Discrimination Pre-Plebiscite

Media Release - In Budget Estimates today, the Premier confirmed that his government has been lobbied by the Australian Christian Lobby to weaken protections in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 in the lead up to a likely plebiscite on marriage equality.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Jun 2016

Seniors Who Identify as LGBTI: Support in Aged Care

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that:—(a)           17 May 2016 was International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia; and

- 2 Jun 2016

LGBTI Issues: Ultimate Support for a Simple Life

Parliamentary Activity - Mr Deputy Speaker, 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 in this Parliament.

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Jun 2016

Support for Equality in Sport

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O’Connor On tomorrow to move—That the House:—

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Apr 2016

More State Support for Safe Schools Needed

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonMinister Rockliff and the state government should send Prime Minister Turnbull a strong message, by increasing support for the Safe Schools program.The state government needs to reaffirm...

- 28 Feb 2016

More Schools Should Be Safe Schools

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

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Feb 2016

Apology and Expungement of Convictions Welcome

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Greens warmly welcome the government's decision to expunge the historic convictions of Tasmanians who were criminally charged on the basis of their sexuality.Until 1997, homosexuality was a crime in...

- 17 Dec 2015

Marriage Equality Motion Passes

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderIn a largely respectful and moving conscience debate late today, Tasmania's Parliament has sent a strong message for support for marriage equality to Canberra.The Greens Motion to give in-principle support...

- 18 Nov 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

Anti Discrimination Act School Amendments Concerns

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

Nick Mckim - 19 Mar 2015