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Metro Tasmania (Free Public Transport) Amendment Bill 2023

The bill amends the Metro Tasmania Act 1997 to introduce provisions that require Metro to not charge passenger fares for public transport.

Vica Bayley MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2023


Liberals, Labor Vote Down Free Metro Bill

The Greens are deeply disappointed in the Liberal and Labor parties' decision to join forces to vote down our Bill to provide free Metro bus transport

Vica Bayley MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Sep 2023


Metro Services - Free Transport

You introduced free Metro transport for five weeks last year to help Tasmanians struggling with high fuel prices and cost-of-living pressures.

Vica Bayley MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2023


Bus Cancellation Decision Should be Reversed

A decision to permanently cancel over 150 bus services​​​​​​​ would exacerbate existing pressures on commuters and bus drivers and should be reversed. 

Vica Bayley MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Aug 2023

Light Rail

Time to Put Light Rail Back on the Table

Light rail is the public transport solution Hobart deserves but the Rockliff minority government plans to rip up the tracks and put in a boring busway.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Jun 2023

House of Assembly, Tasmania

Estimates Reply – Ferguson

We think the Government is making a big mistake in moving to a daggy, low-cost busway. Buses are not always a transport mode of choice.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Jun 2023


Infrastructure and Transport – Metro Services

We are hearing of cancellations in the order of 70, 75, 100 services a day.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2023

Light Rail

Ferguson No Rail Fail for Northern Suburbs Corridor

The Northern Suburbs transit corridor looks destined to fail under Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Michael Ferguson.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2023


Metro Chaos

Metro service cancellations in southern Tasmania continue to cause chaos and disruption for commuters and students.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Feb 2023


TT-Line - Integrated Transport

Minister, I'm interested in the lack of an integrated transport approach at both Geelong and the terminal in Devonport.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2022

Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Derwent Ferries Should Stay Free

The decision to charge all passengers for using the Derwent ferry service is a backward step for greater Hobart commuters.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jul 2022


Infrastructure and Transport – Private Bus Fleet Age

The average bus age of contracted services has been steadily increasing, and it's projected to be 15.4 in the next financial year.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Jun 2022

Parliament House, Tasmania

Infrastructure and Transport – Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis

The target for this year is that they will remain at 68. Why is this number so low?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Jun 2022


Public Transport Should Be Free. Full Stop.

While five weeks of free bus travel is a good start, it’s shouldn’t end in April.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Mar 2022


Metro Tasmania – Driver Safety

The annual report notes that there has been an increase in complaints related to driver interactions with other road users.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2021

Gender Equality

Metro Tasmania – Women in the Workforce

The 2020-21 annual report shows that 18 per cent of the Metro workforce are women.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2021

House of Assembly, Tasmania

Metro Tasmania – Service Accessibility

The 2020-21 annual report does not report on accessible services - that is, general access services, delivered with low-floor accessible buses.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2021


Metro Tasmania – Integrated Ticketing

I've been attending the Tasmanian Bus conference for many, many years. Each time we gather, there's a conversation about integrated ticketing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2021

Hobart, Tasmania

Metro Tasmania – Hobart Bus Interchange

Can you confirm it is your intention to turn City Hall into the transit centre and to pave over the Hobart Rivulet?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2021


Public Transport Should Be Free For Everyone, Always

Granting seniors free public transport during Seniors Week is nice enough, but public transport should be free for everyone, always

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Oct 2021

Highway with Traffic

Labor’s Liberal-lite Traffic Plan

Ella Haddad’s proposed new highway link between Tolmans Hill and Glenorchy is quite alarming. What would Labor demolish of flatten to replace with asphalt?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Apr 2021


Liberals' Promise to Ease Hobart Traffic Hollow After Seven Years

Southern Tasmania residents cannot take seriously the Liberals’ promise to ease worsening traffic congestion in and around Hobart.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Apr 2021

Light Rail

Hobart Light Rail Stuck at the Station Under Liberals

The Gutwein Government needs to come out of hiding on Hobart light rail. It's had 7 years to get the project on track, and yet it’s still stuck at the station.

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

Light Rail

Bridgewater Bridge Cost Madness

To spend more than half a billion dollars on an over-engineered replacement for the Bridgewater Bridge would be a reckless misuse of taxpayer funds.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Feb 2020


2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee - Metro

Full transcript of the Metro Tasmania Pty Ltd hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Dec 2019

Hobart, Tasmania

RACT Mobility Vision Key to Prosperous Hobart Future

The RACT is to be commended for delivering a strategic vision to ensure Hobart is Australia’s most liveable city over the next three decades.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Apr 2019


Access to Regional Bus Services

For people living in rural and regional areas, having access to affordable transport options is essential.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Mar 2019

Light Rail

Train Not Coming Under Liberals

Northern Suburbs Light Rail appears to be off the agenda under the Liberals, with it failing to rate a mention in the priority infrastructure report.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Sep 2018

Light Rail

Macquarie Point - Removal of Freight Rail Line

The Government is apparently anti-light rail to the extent they are now ripping up rail tracks in Hobart.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2017

Hobart, Tasmania

Transport Minister Kept in the Dark Over Rail Tracks Removal

The decision to pull up rail tracks on the Macquarie Point site was made without the approval or knowledge of Infrastructure and Transport Minister.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Oct 2017

Light Rail

Light Rail Corridor Plans Welcome and Long Overdue

The Greens welcome the release of the blueprint for the Glenorchy to Hobart Public Transport Corridor project.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2017

Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart Traffic Woes Continue One Year On

Almost a year has passed since the heavy congestion and traffic chaos which led to the government-commissioned Midson report.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Feb 2017

Hobart, Tasmania

Government Tinkering on Traffic Congestion

While encouraging the use of Metro transport through a three week free fare trial is a sound enough initiative, congestion will only be marginally improved.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jan 2017


State Service Public Transport Investment Needed

Government investment in public transport is needed if we are to make routes more viable and reduce traffic.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Oct 2016

Green Economics

State Budget: Address in Reply

It continues a long-standing tradition of the Tasmanian Greens to present an alternative vision for the future of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Green Economics

Budget Lacking in Courage and Vision, Puts Environment Last

Built on the mirage of a very short term surplus, the Liberals' third State Budget lacks both courage and vision.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2016


Liberals Should Get On Board Derwent Ferries

It is fantastic that Hobart City Council is getting on board the push to have ferries on the Derwent River to ease traffic congestion and lower emissions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 May 2016

Hobart, Tasmania

Public Transport Investment Long Term Hobart Traffic Fix

Hobart's traffic woes will only be remedied sustainably for the long term if all three tiers of government make a commitment to investing in public transport.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2016

Bushfire, Burned Forest

State of the State Address in Reply

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens MPs, I pay respect to the palawa/pakana people of Tasmania, to their treasured elders, past and present.

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


Reversing Metro Changes Would Ease Hobart Congestion

Transport Minister, Rene Hidding's confession yesterday that it could take months to fix Hobart's traffic woes is not good enough.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Feb 2016


TrafficTalkfest Not Enough

A Community forum is a good start, but Minister Hidding needs more than a talkfest if he wants a proper fix for Hobart’s traffic chaos.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2016

Light Rail

Liberals Failing on Light Rail

The Liberals have commissioned and received the result they wanted on Hobart Light Rail, effectively killing off this important public transport reform.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jan 2016