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Real Youth Survival Report Demands Tripartisan Push to Raise Newstart and Youth Allowance

Young Tasmanians need a unity ticket across parties to get the Morrison Government to hear the case for an increase in Newstart and Youth Allowance.

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

Glenorchy RSL Club Closure

Cassy O'Connor moves a motion regarding the close of the Glenorchy RSL, the the Liberals' use of the Glenorchy RSL during the election campaign.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Jul 2019

Minister Ferguson Does the Right Thing on Begging

The Greens warmly welcome Police Minister, Michael Ferguson’s announcement that he will introduce legislation to remove the offence of begging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jun 2019

First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2019

It is apt that we are debating a housing affordability bill in a week that has been dominated by questions on the response to housing and homelessness.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

There is a surge in the budget allocation that runs out next year for child safety services.

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

Security And Investigations Agents Amendment Bill 2018

We have heard a range of views presented in the community through the media, through email, some phone calls, and there is a range of views.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2018

Police Offences Amendment (Begging) Bill 2018

Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Greens' Police Offences Amendment (Begging) Bill, to remove the offence of begging in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2018

Parliament Set to Debate Greens' Bill to Eliminate Crime of Begging

The Tasmanian Parliament will have the opportunity to eliminate the criminal offence of begging in Greens’ Private Members’ Time next week.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2018

Begging for Fairness, Greens Move to End Classist Crime

The Greens tabled a bill today that would end the classist persecution of the poor by removing the crime of begging from the statute books.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Sep 2018

Housing - Confidence in Minister for Housing

On your Government's watch Hobart has become Australia's least affordable capital city - the hardest place to both find and afford a home in the rental market.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 May 2018

Fair Approach to Fines Needed

The Tasmanian Greens support calls from Community Legal Centres (CLCs) Tasmania to change the way fines are structured in order to ensure Tasmanians on low incomes are not going without food, clothing and shelter in order to pay their...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Oct 2017

Government Must Support Tasmanians in Need Not Punish Them

The recent Australian Council of Social Services' 'Poverty in Australia' report that states 13.3% of Australians live below the poverty line.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Oct 2016

Police Offences Act making Criminals of the Destitute and Homeless

Does it concern you there is a provision in the Police Offences Act which effectively makes criminals of the destitute and homeless, who feel they have no choice but to resort to begging to survive?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Oct 2016

Government Ministers Urged to Support Decriminalisation of Begging in Tasmania

The Greens today tabled legislation to amend the Police Offences Act 1935 to remove a throwback provision that makes criminals of people who feel they are forced to beg for money.

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