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House of Assembly, Tasmania

Liberal Leadership Renewal an Opportunity for a Reset

On behalf of the Greens, I warmly congratulate Jeremy Rockliff on becoming Tasmania’s 47th Premier and Michael Ferguson on his elevation to Deputy Premier.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Apr 2022


Lake Pedder

Tasmanian Greens - Fiftieth Anniversary

Fifty years ago, on this day a group of people met in Hobart's Town Hall, 23 March 1972.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Mar 2022


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Victim/Survivor - Call for Apology

Calls on the Mr Ferguson and Ms Archer to sincerely and unreservedly apologise for any hurt and offence caused by their response on 10 March last.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Mar 2022


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Commonwealth Games - Government's Plan

This is about a government that is more focused on bread and circuses than the bread and butter of the lives of Tasmanians. It is a clear distraction technique.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Mar 2022


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Liberals Vote Against Greens’ Push for Ferguson and Archer Apology… Again

Nearly two weeks have passed since Ministers Archer and Ferguson groaned at the words of a victim survivor of child sexual abuse read out in the House.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2022


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Victim Survivor - Call for Apology

Minister, you were clearly heard groaning whilst sitting there, while the words of victim/survivor Tiffany Skeggs were read into the House.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Mar 2022


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Reply to Premier's Address

The Greens are a party committed to truth telling, to treaty, to the return of stolen lands and to changing the date of our nation's day.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Mar 2022


Parliament House, Tasmania

Reply to Premier's Address

First, I acknowledge the Aboriginal people of Tasmania, I acknowledge 219 years of dispossession from landscape and violence towards First Nations people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Mar 2022


Parliament House, Tasmania

Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

I wish Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II congratulations on the celebration of her Platinum Jubilee.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Mar 2022


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Condolence Motion - Mary Willey

It is in part due to Mary Willey's courage that the Franklin River runs wild and free to this day.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Mar 2022


Parliament House, Tasmania

Condolence Motion - Sir Max Bingham QC

Sir Max clearly was a man of great integrity, a truth teller, a decent man. One of the things that clearly offended him deeply was corruption and dishonesty.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Mar 2022


Parliament House, Tasmania

Greens Launch Candidates for Legislative Council Seats of Elwick and Huon

We are proud to launch Hannah Bellamy as Greens' candidate for Elwick and Gideon Cordover as Greens' candidate for Huon in the Legislative Council elections.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Feb 2022


Parliament House, Tasmania

Cabinet Reshuffle Highlights Urgent Need to Restore Parliament

Today’s Cabinet reshuffle highlights the urgent need to restore Tasmania’s House of Assembly to 35 seats to improve political representation and governance.

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

Greens Support Petition to End Taxpayer Subsidies to Cruel Greyhound Racing Industry

On behalf of Greens, I’m proud to sponsor GREAT, Let the Greyhounds Run Free and Coalition for the Protection of Greyhound’s petition.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Grace Genford - Tasmanian History Challenge

I rise with great pride and admiration tonight to talk about our own home-grown public-school-nurtured National History Challenge champion.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Carmel Maude Holmes - Former Member for the Electorate of Denison

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens, I also celebrate the life and acknowledge the contribution, albeit too brief, in this place of the late Mrs Carmel Holmes.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Citta Hobart Pty Ltd and Anor v Cawthorn

In 2016, the Premier's Disability Advisory Council asked for a briefing from Treasury on the disability compliance in the Parliament Square precinct.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Nov 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Conduct of Members

I want to acknowledge that there was some really poor behaviour from some of our colleagues in this place today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Nov 2021


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

2021 State Election and 2021 Legislative Council Election Inquiry

It is hard to escape the conclusion that the decision to have the state election and elections for Legislative Council at the same time was a deliberate one.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Oct 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Time to Cut Dorothy Dixers

This morning’s Question Time in State Parliament was a clear example of the need to cut self-promotional ‘Dorothy Dix’ questions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Premier - House of Assembly Restoration

In the last term of the parliament, all parties agreed that the House of Assembly is far too small.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Premier’s Workload Strain Makes Case for Larger Parliament

On behalf of the Greens, I want to say how glad we are that the Premier has recovered from his health scare and is back at work.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Sep 2021


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2021

As we know, the Custodial Inspector, although an independent statutory entity, is also the Ombudsman.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Electoral Commission Report Confirms Need for Parliamentary Election Inquiry

The Electoral Commission’s Analysis of participation rates at the 2021 Legislative Council elections reinforces the need for an external inquiry.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jul 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Integrity Commission (Members of Parliament) Bill 2021

Just in case anyone is in any doubt, every member of parliament in this place is a public officer for the purposes of the Integrity Commission Act 2009.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jun 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Address in Reply

We have so much to learn from the wisdom developed over thousands of years and about how to live in harmony with this beautiful island.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Jun 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Governor's Address Reply

Building back from COVID, we should be turning a social and economic crisis into a reset that creates the future so many Tasmanians are yearning for.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Jun 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Greens Release Plan to Strengthen Tasmania’s Democracy

In lutruwita/Tasmania, as in many democratic societies, constant vigilance is needed to ensure the foundations of our democracy are strong.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Apr 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Rape Culture

It does start about, as the Premier has said, a respect culture, a belief culture, a culture of listening, not shutting down.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Mar 2021


Womens March, 'A Woman's Place is In the Resistance' Sign

Rape Culture

I believe there is a level of incandescent rage in our community across the country now.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Mar 2021


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Premier Defies Parliament on Job Guarantee

Premier Gutwein has revealed he has no intention of respecting Parliament’s decision for his government to investigate a Tasmanian Job Guarantee program.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2020


Fish Farm in Okehampton Bay, Tasmania

Jaensch Flees Environment Scrutiny in Question Time

In Parliament today, the Environment Minister Roger Jaensch chose to run away rather than face this scrutiny. 

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Aboriginal Flag - Permanent Presence above Parliament House

I am pleased to be a member of a party which has always recognised that this land was stolen, it was never ceded, and that true justice for Aboriginal people.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Nov 2020


Aboriginal Flag

Aboriginal Flag - Permanent Presence above Parliament House

First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years - the oldest continuing culture in the world.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Nov 2020


Aboriginal Flag

House of Assembly Supports Greens’ Move to Fly Aboriginal Flag Over Parliament

In a rare show of unanimity, the House of Assembly has supported a Greens’ Motion to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag over Parliament.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Nov 2020


Aboriginal Flag

Aboriginal Flag - Permanent Presence above Parliament House

Aboriginal heritage protection is still often treated as an afterthought or, at worst, ignored in place like the Tarkine.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Nov 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Labor and Liberals Unite to Axe Environmental Estimates Scrutiny

Labor and the Liberals have today united to drastically cut the time allocated in Budget Estimates to scrutinise key government portfolios.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Nov 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Why Truth Should Still Matter in Politics

To be a Minister of the Crown is a great honour and enormous responsibility. It requires the highest standard of integrity and honesty.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Opinion  |  12 Oct 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Question Without Notice for the Premier

Why is Roger Jaensch still a Minister of the Crown?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Sep 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Gutwein Mired in Jaensch Stench

Yesterday, we received a letter from Premier Gutwein trying to blame the Greens for the situation in which his government has found itself.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Sep 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Jaensch Must Resign, or Be Sacked

Minister Jaensch has breached the Ministerial and Parliamentary Codes of Conduct by wilfully misleading Parliament. His position is untenable.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Sep 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Gutwein Government Abuses Power to Cover up Lies

This morning in Question Time, we asked the Human Services Minister if a decision was made to change the law to make it easier to evict tenants.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Sep 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Minister Jaensch’s Contempt for Parliament

Roger Jaensch’s threats to terminate the Major Projects legislation if the Upper House dares amend it are an assault on the democratic foundation of Parliament.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2020


Homeless Man

Greens Urge MLCs to Amend Begging Bill

The Greens urge MLCs to vote against the increased police ‘move on’ powers in Section 5 of the government’s Begging Bill.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2020


Law Books

Major Projects Legislation - Comments made by Minister for Planning

The Minister's threat to abandon the major projects legislation if the upper House passes amendments are an assault on the democratic function of parliament.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Comment by Member for Clark, Ms Haddad

Ms Haddad should have the insight and the guts to apologise. Ms Haddad is consciously or unconsciously running Chinese Communist Party talking points.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Aug 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Pat Blood - Tribute

Some of the things I have always admired about Pat in the 12 years I have been here are her kindness, her humility and her sharp brain.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Jun 2020


Aboriginal Flag

A Premier Serious About Resetting the Relationship Will Walk Away from Tarkine Tracks

It’s encouraging to hear Premier Gutwein sound genuine about reconciliation and land returns for this island’s First People.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2020


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

COVID-19 - Inquiry into Response

Despite a solid response to the pandemic and no evidence that they have anything to hide, the Premier is dismissive of a COVID-19 response inquiry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2020


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 2020 - In Committee

We should not be afraid to allow the Subordinate Legislation Committee to look at directions made by the Director of Public Health.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Law Books

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 2020

In broad terms we are prepared to support this legislation, as we were prepared to support the first COVID-19 emergency legislation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Apr 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

State Parliament to Return Next Week

The Greens are pleased State Parliament will be returning next week. During this time of emergency and uncertainty, scrutiny of government is critical.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Apr 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Return of Parliament

Mr Gutwein’s announcement that Parliament will return to more regular sittings will be welcomed by Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Adjournment of Parliament

The Tasmanian Parliament has agreed to adjourn until the first scheduled sitting week after the winter recess.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Mar 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Greens to Liberals: "Dude, where's my legislation?"

After the first full week of Parliament for 2020, the Greens call on the Government to explain why it has again failed to prepare a legislative agenda. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Christmas Greetings

Cassy O'Connor deliver the annual leader's Christmas message on the last adjournment of the year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Nov 2019


Parliament House, Tasmania

Labor and Liberal Leadership Stagnant

As it draws to a close, 2019 has been an uninspiring Parliamentary year from the old parties, defined by a vacuum in policy and leadership.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Nov 2019


Parliament House, Tasmania

Labor and Liberals Vote Against Question Time Clean Up

Both Labor and the Liberals voted against the Greens’ move to clean up Question Time and restrict the amount of time Ministers can waffle on.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Sep 2019


Parliament House, Tasmania

The Resignation of Adam Brooks

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens, I wish outgoing Braddon Liberal MP, Adam Brooks, all the best.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2019


Parliament House, Tasmania

Extended Dorothy Dixers Show Contempt for Tasmanians

Question Time this week has reached all new lows with close to half of the time taken up with self-congratulatory Dorothy Dixer questions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Sep 2018


Gender Equality

Baby Steps for Tasmania's Parliament

Today's announcement by House of Assembly Speaker, Elise Archer, that babies will be no 'strangers' in our House, is warmly welcomed.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2016


Parliament House, Tasmania

No Opportunity for Good Governance with Limited Numbers in the House

Cassy questions the Premier over the TCCI's concerns that in a 25 seat parliament, there is a limited pool of talent from which to choose a minister.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2016


Lonely Child

Greens Are Focussed on the Key Issues

The Hodgman Liberals are desperately trying to deflect from Matthew Groom's woeful performance as Minister for Energy.

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


Bushfire, Burned Forest

It is Time to Recall Parliament

The Premier should recall Parliament to enable informed debate about these matters of importance to Tasmanians.

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

Jaensch Misleads over Dorothy Dixers

Braddon Liberal MP, Roger Jaensch is wilfully misleading over Parliamentary practice in the last term of government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2015


Parliament House, Tasmania

Dorothy Dix 'Good News' Milestone

The Liberals celebrated their 250th self-congratulatory Dorothy Dix in Question Time today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Oct 2015


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Question Time Suspended

For the first time in living memory the Speaker of the House of Assembly has been forced to suspend Question Time due to the behaviour of government Members.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  17 Sep 2014


Parliament House, Tasmania

Review Budget Estimates Process

The State Budget Estimates Committee hearings need to be reviewed to ensure their vital accountability role is not subverted by the government of the day.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  12 Sep 2014


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Hodgman Ducks Scrutiny

Premier Hodgman will soon be the first Tasmanian Premier for at least 18 years to fail to front the Budget Estimates Committee on day one.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2014


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Respect Voters' Decision

The Tasmanian Greens Party is clearly the only State political party prepared to respect the democratic will of the voters.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2014