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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

Liberals Must Rule Out Cable Car as Major Project

Media Release - The Liberals’ announcement they plan to table major projects legislation has sent ripples of worry through the community.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Mar 2020

Liberals Must Release Details of All EOI Proposals

Media Release - Tasmanians have a right to know what their government is doing on their behalf – especially when it comes to public lands.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Jan 2020

Rosny Hill Development Approval

Media Release - The approval of plans to privatise the Rosny Hill Recreation Area is a slap in the face to the local community.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Jan 2020

Liberals' Blatant EOI Greenwash Attempt

Media Release - The Hodgman Government are spending $40 000 of public funds on this study to try to take the heat out of their privatisation of public protected areas.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Dec 2019

Lake Malbena Decision a Mess of the Liberals' Making

Media Release - The Federal Court’s decision to set aside the determination that the Lake Malbena proposal was not a ‘controlled action’ under national environment law sits solely with the Liberals.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Nov 2019

Lake Malbena Development Application

Submission - The Tasmanian Greens submission to the Lake Malbena development application to the Central Highlands Council.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Feb 2019

Protecting Parks and Reserves

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens want more investment in our parks and reserves, and want to ensure that public assets are...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Feb 2018

Guide for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens believe that tourism in protected areas should be sustainable, publicly owned, and not degrade the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Sep 2016

Greens Motion - Reserve Activity Assessment Process for Developments in Parks

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor moves a motion to halt the EOI process until a new statutory process - that allows for public consultation and an appeal on matters pertaining to compliance with a Management Plan - is in place.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Oct 2019

Liberal Motion - EOI Process in National Parks and Reserves

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor speaks against the Liberals' motion to support the Liberals' EOI Process for tourism developments in Parks and Reserves.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Oct 2019

Labor Leadership Failure

Media Release - In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest. Instead, Labor Leader, Rebecca White, is playing silly political games while the planet burns.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Sep 2019

Estimates Reply - Premier

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR - Chair, I rise to make a 10-minute contribution on the Premier's Estimates.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Jun 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

TWWHA Tourism Master Plan Under Conflict of Interest Cloud

Media Release - The Liberals’ corrupted EOI process for tourism development within Parks and Reserves is under yet another cloud.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 May 2019

World Heritage Area - Tourism Master Plan - Alleged Conflict of Interest

Parliamentary Activity - You failed to answer the question about your private consultant's conflict of interest with drafting the Tourism Master Plan. We know they have a conflict of interest because they openly advertised it on their website.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 May 2019

World Heritage Area - Tourism Master Plan

Parliamentary Activity - The successful tenderer responsible for drafting the master plan, chosen over other tenderers, is a private consultant who is being engaged at a cost of more $300 000 to the taxpayer.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 May 2019

Leonie Hiscutt MLC in Political La-La Land

Media Release - The Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council, Leonie Hiscutt MLC, is in political la-la land if she thinks Labor stands for the environment. If only that was the case.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Mar 2019

Lake Malbena Rejection Exposes EOI Process as a Sham

Media Release - The Central Highlands Council have listened to the overwhelming community opposition to the helicopter and huts tourism proposal for Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Feb 2019

Wilderness Lost and Heritage at Risk if Lake Malbena Proposal Proceeds

Media Release - The case against the proposal for helicopter-accessed luxury huts at Lake Malbena in the World Heritage Area grows stronger by the day.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Nov 2018

Liberals' Wilderness Wrecking a National Disgrace

Media Release - An in depth report in the Weekend Australian magazine details the extreme threat the Liberals’ commercialisation and privatisation agenda poses to the Tasmanian wilderness.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Nov 2018

Premier Must Explain Why Advisory Council Advice Was Ignored on Walls of Jerusalem Proposal

Media Release - The Greens today tabled a leaked copy of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committee’s (NPWAC) submission to the Federal Government on the proposal to build permanent huts and allow up to 120 helicopter flights and landings at Lake...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Oct 2018

The Eco-tourism Lie of the Three Capes Luxury Lodges

Media Release - One of the great coastal wilderness areas is diminished, with the launch today of Tasmanian Walking Company’s luxury lodges in the Tasman National Park.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Sep 2018

Record National Parks Visitors Reinforce Need to Protect Wilderness Values

Media Release - Record visitor numbers in Tasmania’s National Parks in the past financial year reinforces the need to better manage and preserve our protected areas, rather than opening them up to ever increasing visitor numbers and increased commercial...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Sep 2018

Private Developer Given Tick for Development in the Walls of Jerusalem

Media Release - The Liberals’ planned death by a thousand cuts for Tasmania’s wilderness took a step forward today.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Sep 2018

Hodgman Refuses to Rule Out Further Support for Cable Car

Media Release - In Parliament today, the Premier refused to rule out further tangible support for the proposed cable car.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Aug 2018

Lake Malbena - Anglers Alliance Tasmania's Concerns about the TWWHA

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PARKS, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Jun 2018

Lake Malbena - Development in the TWWHA

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PARKS, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Jun 2018

Liberals Plundering Protected Areas, Underfunding Parks

Media Release - The Liberals’ announcement today of funding for Parks’ infrastructure is more about corporate welfare and special favours to developers than it is about protecting our world class national parks and reserves.

Andrea Dawkins - 21 Feb 2018

Parks Funding Trade-off for Commercial Exploitation

Media Release - While the Greens welcome a belated boost to Tasmania's underfunded Parks, under the Liberals this money is about allowing for the increased commercial exploitation of public protected areas.

Andrea Dawkins - 16 Sep 2017

Environment and Parks Last in State Budget

Media Release - The State Budget, like the Liberals’ previous Budgets, has an obvious loser - our environment and Parks.  With the exception of some extra Federal funds, it provides no additional State money.

Andrea Dawkins - 26 May 2017

Salmon Farming - Damage to World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM[10.30 a.m.]

- 15 Mar 2017

Premier Misleads Tasmanians over Crown Land Giveaways

Media Release - On radio this morning, the Premier misled Tasmanians over what is becoming a private developer feeding frenzy over public Crown Land assets.

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Mar 2017

Liberals Show Two Faces on Aboriginal Heritage

Media Release - Amendments to the Aboriginal Relics Act are an improvement on the current, racist legislation, but the bill tabled in Parliament today is both a lost opportunity and a clear sign that the Liberals wear two faces on Aboriginal heritage...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 2017

Liberals Required to Act on TWWHA Damage to Macquarie Harbour

Media Release - Environment Minister, Matthew Groom must protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from further damage from salmon farming.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Mar 2017

2017 State of the State Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - I note that, on this International Women's Day, the Minister for Health and the Treasurer have risen to leave the Chamber as the only female leader in the House gets to her feet to respond to...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Mar 2017

Cable Car Land Deal Smells Like Cronyism

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Member for Denisonkunanyi/Mt Wellington should be protected for its outstanding natural and cultural values, not carved up by the Liberals to suit a single developer pushing a single, divisive project.

- 26 Feb 2017

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

Media Release - Tassal CEO, Mark Ryan, yesterday publicly told Tasmanians that Tassal's operations in Macquarie Harbour had polluted the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Feb 2017

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting Investment

Media Release - The Greens welcome Dr Tony Press’ Report into last January’s fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Andrea Dawkins - 20 Dec 2016

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Logging in Wielangta Tourist Drive

Media Release - The Hodgman Government's plans to extend the Great Eastern Drive by upgrading Wielangta Road are threatened by their own political agenda.

Andrea Dawkins - 16 Nov 2016

Warped Liberal Priorities Put Tourism at Risk

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Tourism spokespersonParks Minister, Matthew Groom’s Parks 21 progress report today comes on the heels of yesterday's Auditor General's report into Parks and Wildlife funding.  The Auditor General articulated a...

- 16 Nov 2016

Auditor General Report on Parks Makes Strong Case for Increased Funding

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonA report from the State's Auditor General on Park Management makes it clear Tasmania's world class national parks and reserves are under-funded, severely impacting on park management.

- 15 Nov 2016

Greens Table Peter Murrell Reserve Petition

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokespersonI had the pleasure of tabling a petition in Parliament today opposing the TasWater pipeline being proposed to cut through the Peter Murrell Conservation Area.

- 25 Oct 2016

Call for No Commercial Tourism in Protected Areas

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 22 September 2016Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Recognises the outstanding universal value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and its globally significant natural and cultural values.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Sep 2016

Welcome Backflip on Macquarie Island Research Station

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe Greens warmly welcome the announcement of a continuing year-round presence on Macquarie Island, and thank all who contributed to the decision.

- 16 Sep 2016

Premier Failing on Macquarie Island Travesty

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderWhile his Federal Liberal colleagues first slashed jobs at the CSIRO in Hobart, the Premier was reduced to wringing his hands and expressing his disappointment.

- 14 Sep 2016

Greens Release Sensible Guide for Tourism in Protected Areas

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonAndrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokesperson Cassy O'Connor MP:

- 11 Sep 2016

Centenary of National Parks Highlights Failures of Minister

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonOn this weekend's centenary of national parks, Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, should admit Tasmania's protected areas are under unprecedented threat as a result of Liberal policies.

- 27 Aug 2016

Support for Great Western Tiers National Park Inside TWWHA

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 23 August 2016Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the United Nations World Heritage Committee's recommendation to resolve the tenure of extensions to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that were...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Aug 2016

More Secrecy Over Parks EOIs

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and State Prosperity spokespersonIt was disappointing today to have Minister Groom decline to explain the Net Public Benefit test his department uses to determine whether a tourism proposal should be...

- 8 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

Parliamentary Activity - We have just experienced devastating bushfires that burned an estimated 21 000 hectares of the TWWHA, yet the Budget papers show more than $6 million cut from an already underfunded Parks and Wildlife Service across the forward Estimates.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Jun 2016

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

Media Release - At a time when Tasmanians should be celebrating this year’s centenary of Tasmania’s world class national parks and reserves, they are instead learning the details of the Liberal Government’s neglect and underfunding of the Parks and...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Jun 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

Media Release - The Greens believe governments should have a vision for the future that extends beyond the next election.   We recognise that genuine planning for the 21st century requires a long term vision and the courage to make bold decisions to drive...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

EOI Process Lets Down Freycinet and RACT

Parliamentary Activity - Calls on the Government to work with RACT to find a more suitable location to expand its business using a model that is self-sufficient and not reliant on tax payer subsidy and a further intrusion into the Freycinet National Park.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Dishonest Liberal Government Budget Lacks Vision and Courage

Parliamentary Activity - Notes the Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget lacks courage and a vision for the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

Sustainable Tourism Way Forward for Tassie

Media Release - The Greens welcome the visitors that are coming to our shores, but warn the government to protect our wild places and regional communities from ruin.

Andrea Dawkins - 12 May 2016

Liberals See Tasmania's Wilderness Only For its Economic Value

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 4 May 2016Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM[10.28 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

No Respect From Disinterested Liberal Ministers

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I wanted to make a brief contribution having listened to the excellent analysis of the state of the swift parrot by Ms Woodruff.  When the minister got to his feet, I thought he...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 May 2016

Premier's Failure in Canberra Sees Tasmania Left Off the Budget Map

Parliamentary Activity - There was nothing in the Federal Budget for Tasmania's education system, no extra funding for years 5 and 6 of Gonski.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

Liberals' Development-at-any-Cost Stance Threatens Coles Bay

Parliamentary Activity - Last year the proposed changes to the Freycinet National Park were explained as necessary for the Freycinet Lodge to expand, as per the proposal submitted to your Office of the Coordinator-General.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Apr 2016

Bushfire Inquiry A Whitewash

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Fire spokespersonThe Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.

- 27 Apr 2016

Danger to Freycinet National Park Revealed

Media Release - The full extent of the Liberals' destructive plan for the Freycinet National Park has been revealed by a group of concerned Coles Bay residents, business and shack owners.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Mar 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonIn Question Time today, neither the Minister for Parks, Mr Groom, nor the Minister for Emergency Services, Mr Hidding, could explain why it took so long for the State to request extra...

- 17 Mar 2016

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Premier has missed a golden opportunity to place the Energy portfolio in the hands of a competent Minister in this time of energy crisis.Matthew Groom has demonstrated beyond doubt that he is not up to...

- 18 Feb 2016

A 'Review' into TWWHA Fires is a Cop Out

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonWith an estimated 14,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) burned or still burning, and legitimate resourcing questions being asked, the Premier's...

- 4 Feb 2016

Liberals' Freycinet Exploitation Plan

Media Release - Parks’ Minister, Matthew Groom, is overseeing a sham consultation process to enable increased exploitation of the fragile Freycinet National Park.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Feb 2016

Significant Resourcing Needed to Save Alpine Wilderness

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonWith weather conditions easing, this week is the critical week to stave off catastrophic damage to Tasmania’s priceless alpine and rainforest wilderness areas.

- 25 Jan 2016

Liberals Locking Up More National Parks

Media Release - A proposal to double the footprint of Freycinet Lodge in to the Freycinet National Park is yet another Liberal lock up for a selected private developer.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Jan 2016

Three Capes Exclusive Monopoly

Media Release - The Three Capes Walk is the first exclusive playground for the rich, in our Parks. Not only are individuals being charged the hefty fee of $500 to walk the track, but established eco-tourism operators are being excluded.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Dec 2015

Groom's EOI Process a Shambles

Media Release - Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, again has egg on his face, this time over his headlong rush to develop in Tasmania's National Parks and World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Nov 2015

Liberal Greenwash Won't Fool Lonely Planet

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonAs Greens Leader, I have today co-signed a letter with Greens Senator Nick McKim to Lonely Planet, in response to their travel advisory yesterday warning that Tasmania’s wilderness is...

- 6 Nov 2015

Lonely Planet Hits Out at Hodgman Government

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe Hodgman Government is damaging Tasmania's wilderness tourism brand internationally.*Travel Bible Lonely Planet has advised travellers to get in quick or miss out on Tasmania's...

- 5 Nov 2015

'Open For Business' Ensures Cable Car Proponent's Easy Ride

Media Release - The gazettal today of a boundary extension to the development zone on kunanyi/Mt Wellington is proof that 'open for business' means private developers can be assured they will be given ready access to public assets under this Liberal...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Nov 2015

Groom Reveals Arm End Entitlement

Media Release - The government's helping hand in turning the state reserve at Arm End at South Arm over to developers of a private golf course has been revealed this morning.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Oct 2015

Three Capes Access Still Clear as Mud

Media Release - In Question Time today, Minister Groom confirmed the suspicions of many - talking up the luxury aspects of the Three Capes 'experience' this morning, but ignoring the burning question from ordinary Tasmanians, “Can I do the walk without...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Sep 2015

Groom Content to Pillage TWWHA

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe Hodgman Government's passionate desire to log, mine and increase private development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area not only shows a reckless disregard for its...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Sep 2015