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Leatherwood Forests Must be Protected

Media Release - Last summer’s bushfires burned large tracts of native forest, including the leatherwood trees so critical to the honey industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Sep 2019

Barnett's Weasel Words on SDN1 Deregulation

Media Release - Today’s announcement that the moratorium on Genetically Modified Organisms would be extended by 10 years is welcome news.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Aug 2019

Huge Questions Hang Over VDL Animal Welfare

Media Release - When twenty senior farm managers put their serious concerns about animal welfare in writing, government must pay attention.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Barnett

Parliamentary Activity - Mr Deputy Chairman, I attended part of the Estimates Committee B for the portfolios of Mr Barnett. I will comment in relation to his responsibilities under Primary Industries and Water. Ms O'Connor sat in for the Energy portfolio.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Jun 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Meat Processing

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, it was interesting listening to Dr Broad talk about a vision for Tasmania, a vision for the meat industry. Apparently, it is the first time we have heard Labor use that word in...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Nov 2018

Courtney Reveals Extended Licences to Hunt Wombats

Media Release - Primary Industries Minister, Sarah Courtney, has revealed the Liberals’ plans to extend licences to shoot native wildlife, including wombats suffering from the deadly sarcoptic mange.  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Aug 2018

Liberals Not to Be Trusted on Biosecurity

Media Release - The Liberals’ biosecurity policy announcement today is a terrible joke made at the expense of Tasmania's farmers and growers.

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Feb 2018

Foreign Ownership and Influence

Media Release - Almost 25% of our state’s agricultural land is under a level of foreign ownership, and foreign donors are making large donations to the Liberals.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Jan 2018

More Funds Needed for DPIPWE, Not Relocation of Jobs

Media Release - The Liberals’ plan to move Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment staff from Hobart to the North and North West is hollow political pork-barreling.

Andrea Dawkins - 29 Jan 2018

Liberals Fail to Deliver Promised Biosecurity Legislation

Media Release - The Minister for Primary Industries, Jeremy Rockliff, confirmed today in question time, that after four years and lengthy consultation, promised Biosecurity legislation would not be tabled in this term of government.

Andrea Dawkins - 29 Nov 2017

On-Island Shellfish Testing Welcome

Media Release - The Greens welcome the government’s investment in on-island shellfish testing.  We raised our serious concerns about this industry, and potential public health, issue late last year.

Andrea Dawkins - 3 May 2017

Tasmanians Still at Risk of Prosecution on Medicinal Cannabis

Media Release - The Greens welcome the Federal Health Minister's medicinal cannabis announcement today.  This policy change is a step in the right direction.

Andrea Dawkins - 22 Feb 2017

State Liberals Must Fight for Rural Alive and Well Funding

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Primary Industries spokespersonThe funding insecurity around Rural Alive and Well is deeply concerning.  Many rural Tasmanians have survived depression and suicide thanks to the committed staff and volunteers at...

- 20 Feb 2017

Liberals' Medicinal Cannabis Mess

Media Release - The continued confusion and anger of Tasmanians around access to medicinal cannabis is being exacerbated by the mixed messages coming from the Hodgman Government. 

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Jan 2017

Duplicitous Liberals Wave Off Super Trawler

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Primary Industries spokespersonThe Tasmanian Greens welcome the news the Geelong Star has left Australian waters.  During its stay, the Geelong Star was responsible for the deaths of dolphins, seals and...

- 23 Nov 2016

Medicinal Cannabis

Parliamentary Activity - As the interim protection for legitimate medicinal cannabis users, will you move your Government toward developing a controlled access scheme for medicinal cannabis, where users can register with the Health Department and live without fear...

Andrea Dawkins - 12 Oct 2016

Protection Needed for Medicinal Cannabis Users

Media Release - While the Hodgman Government has committed to implementing a controlled access scheme for medical cannabis that begins in 2017, many Tasmanian patients currently accessing cannabis for medical needs are unprotected by the law.

Andrea Dawkins - 12 Oct 2016

Rockliff Says He Will Lobby Federal Counterparts on Backpacker Tax

Parliamentary Activity - Your Canberra colleagues' backpacker tax policy, and the uncertainty around it, is having a profound effect on an already strained sector.  Droughts, floods, falling product prices, and now employment instability for crop harvest, have...

Andrea Dawkins - 22 Sep 2016

State Liberals Powerless on Backpacker Tax

Media Release - The Primary Industries Minister's comments about intervention on the poorly handled backpacker tax highlights the powerless position this government is in.

Andrea Dawkins - 22 Sep 2016

Congratulations Elgaar Farm, Back to Business

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 13 September 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Recognises that Tasmania’s only current organic working dairy, Elgaar Farm, has recently been given the green light to begin production again.

- 13 Sep 2016

Liberals Should Emulate Poppy Industry for Medical Cannabis

Media Release - The Poisons Amendment (Poppy Industry Reform) Bill, debated in parliament today, separates the regulation of the poppy industry between health and primary industries.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Sep 2016

On-Island Shellfish Testing Needed

Media Release - Since 2012, the State's shellfish industries have been plagued with paralytic shellfish toxin, resulting in 50 Tasmanian farms being closed this year.

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Sep 2016

Liberals Failing to Aid Dairy Farmers in Transition to Organic

Parliamentary Activity - Ms Dawkins to move—That the House:—(1) Notes:-(a) the recent announcement by Tasmanian baby food and infant formula manufacturer, Bellamy’s, that it will source its milk from within the State if local dairy farms convert to certified...

- 24 Aug 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens’ Alternative Budget is a statement of values.  It restores frontline funding to education and rightly includes the state Government's share of responsibility for crumbling sewerage and water infrastructure - two important issues...

Andrea Dawkins - 31 May 2016

Security Needed For Dairy Farmers

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokespersonShifting consumer demands and the continued global milk glut are continuing to seriously affect dairy farmers in Tasmania.Murray Goulburn's further cut to the wholesale milk price...

- 29 Jun 2016

Liberals Stalling Process to Legalise Low-THC Hemp as Food

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that:—(a)           hemp has been used as a source of food and fibre from the beginning of human history, but that currently Australia and New Zealand are the only countries in...

Andrea Dawkins - 2 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Innovation and Sustainable Agriculture a Must for the New Economy

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Liberal Government to take a leaf out of the Greens’ Alternative Budget and develop funding initiatives which will help farmers diversify to ensure they get value for money and are able to sustain their businesses on and into...

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: No Money for Niche Producers in Primary Industries

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF

Andrea Dawkins - 31 May 2016

Transition to Organic Could be the Answer to Dairy Crisis

Parliamentary Activity - Calls on the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, to develop a strategy that would enable dairy farmers in Tasmania wishing to transition to an alternative method of production to do so in a timely, efficient...

Andrea Dawkins - 24 May 2016

Boots for Change Supports Local Farming Families

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 5 May 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—(a)           throughout the month of April 2016 roughly 50 farmers’ markets around the Country participated in the ‘Boots for Change’ program;

- 5 May 2016

Liberals Show No Concern for Environment on Fish Farm Expansion

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 3 May 2016Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF [10.55 a.m.]

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 2016

Abalone Industry in Rough Waters

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 3 May 2016Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF[10.30 a.m.]

- 3 May 2016

Old Parties Deny Tasmanians Opportunity for Best Practice Water Management

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokespersonDespite clear evidence that water governance in Tasmania is fragmented in an age of accelerating climate change, both Liberal and Labor parties have refused to support a Greens' move to...

- 27 Apr 2016

Inquiry Would Help Fix Water Problems

Media Release - After our long, dry summer it's clear that water management in Tasmania needs addressing, and it needs addressing now.

- 24 Apr 2016

Change of Heart on Medicinal Cannabis Welcome

Media Release - The Premier's announcement that Tasmania will follow in the footsteps of New South Wales and Victoria and legalise access to medicinal cannabis is long awaited and very welcome.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Apr 2016

Hodgman Should Follow Andrews on Medicinal Cannabis Now

Media Release - The Victorian government have shown us what true leadership looks like when it comes to medicinal cannabis.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Apr 2016

RIRDC Rural Women's Awards 2016

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move—That the House:—

- 7 Apr 2016

Ideology Put Before People on Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp as Food

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move—That the House:—Notes:—the slow progress being made by the Hodgman Liberal Government in bringing about access for Tasmanians to both medicinal cannabis and low-THC hemp as a food product;

Andrea Dawkins - 7 Apr 2016

Greens Table Bill to Ban Battery Hens

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokespersonThe Greens tabled a bill to ban battery hen farming in Tasmania in Parliament today. Our Bill reflects community expectations of modern farming practices.

- 7 Apr 2016

Elgaar Farm Let Down by Minister Rockliff

Parliamentary Activity - WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2016Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -That this House notes:

- 6 Apr 2016

Animal Welfare Disregarded in New Free-Range Egg Regulations

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -That this House notes:1.      The reforms agreed to at the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting which will see eggs stocked in farms with up to 10,000 hens per hectare labelled as ‘...

- 5 Apr 2016

Egg Labelling Only a Win for Industry

Media Release - The welfare of hens was well and truly at the bottom of the list when egg labelling laws were debated at COAG. Minister Brooks boasted loudly about consumer knowledge this morning, but what was missing entirely from his self-congratulatory...

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Apr 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Media Release - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 2016

POMS Outbreak Needs Research and Climate Change Mitigation Strategy

Parliamentary Activity - That this House notes Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome, the devastating virus affecting Tasmania’s oyster industry.

Andrea Dawkins - 9 Mar 2016

Federal Medical Cannabis Bill Very Welcome

Media Release - The tabling of the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill in federal parliament today means Tasmania is one step closer to being able to lawfully cultivate medical cannabis for therapeutic use.

Andrea Dawkins - 10 Feb 2016

Stock Feed Another Biosecurity Mess

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries and Water spokespersonBiosecurity Tasmania has been beset with human resources issues for some months.The extra pressure put on the agency as higher than normal volumes of stock feed are...

- 18 Jan 2016

Drought Relief Welcome, Longer Term Planning Needed

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens welcome Minister Rockliff's announcement of financial relief for drought stricken Tasmanian farmers but we also want to see this government recognise that hotter, drier conditions are becoming the new 'normal' and...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Jan 2016

Greens Welcome Medical Cannabis MoU

Media Release - The Greens welcome the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Tasmanian and New South Wales governments. It's about time.

Andrea Dawkins - 10 Dec 2015

Dogs Not Enough to Fix Biosecurity

Media Release - Biosecurity funding is still a big problem for Tasmania. This won't be solved simply by adding extra detector dogs.

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Dec 2015

Ecosystems and Primary Producers Left High and Dry

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson In Parliament today, the Minister for Primary Industries confirmed he has no plan to manage our delicate river ecosystems during our state's dry times ahead.

- 17 Nov 2015

Government Stubbornness Compromising Biosecurity

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokespersonBiosecurity Tasmania plays a vital role in protecting Tasmania's agribusinesses and must be funded appropriately.The government had fair warning that underfunding and understaffing...

- 13 Nov 2015

Water Fears for Little Forester River

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokespersonThere is growing community concern that the Little Forester River near Bridport is being drained by individual farmers.Minister Rockliff has been made aware of the situation and he needs to act...

- 9 Nov 2015

Hemp Bill Welcome

Media Release - The Greens were pleased to support legislation tabled by the government to authorise and regulate an industrial hemp industry in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Sep 2015

Biosecurity Cuts Would Put Tasmania at Risk

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokespersonThreats to Biosecurity Tasmania's budget are a real concern for our economy and clean, green brand.Minister Rockliff has casually ignored the very real biosecurity threats to...

- 11 Sep 2015

Departments Struggling Under Liberal Regime

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokespersonBiosecurity Tasmania are another victim of the Hodgman regime slash and burn policy directed at the State’s public sector.

- 20 Jul 2015

White Paper Welcome but Not Enough for Tassie

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

- 5 Jul 2015