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Welcome Backflip on Macquarie Island Research Station

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

The Greens warmly welcome the announcement of a continuing year-round presence on Macquarie Island, and thank all who contributed to the decision.

There is a real opportunity now to not only ensure the scientific and meteorological research undertaken from the Australian Antarctic Division base continues, but to invest in new facilities, particularly as the existing base is subject to regular inundation.

Most of the current structures on the base are well past their use-by date. 

Premier Failing on Macquarie Island Travesty

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

While his Federal Liberal colleagues first slashed jobs at the CSIRO in Hobart, the Premier was reduced to wringing his hands and expressing his disappointment.

Now, the Federal Liberals have forced the closure of the Australian Antarctic Division base on Macquarie Island, ending 68 years of Australian research on Macquarie Island, and the Premier is again 'disappointed'.

Really, Premier?  Is that the best you can do?

Greens Release Sensible Guide for Tourism in Protected Areas

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokesperson

 

Cassy O'Connor MP:

In the absence of any clear criteria for the management of tourism in Tasmania's protected areas, the Tasmanian Greens today released a guide to sustainable tourism that ensures wilderness and cultural heritage protection are prioritised.

Centenary of National Parks Highlights Failures of Minister

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

On 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.

Mr Groom sure has a hide, trumpeting the State's national parks at the same time as his government is opening them up to far greater commercial exploitation.

More Secrecy Over Parks EOIs

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and State Prosperity spokesperson

It 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 supported by government.

It's sadly ironic that an assessment of public benefit is made but the public aren't told the results.

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

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 change.

Containing more than 100 costed initiatives, the Greens’ Alternative Budget invests in disadvantaged Tasmanians along with measures that build economic and environmental sustainability while growing skills and jobs for the new economy.

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