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I am happy and proud to be able to speak today about the Greens' interim submission to the Economic Recovery Advisory Council.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2020

Greens Release Interim Recovery Plan for Better, Fairer Tasmania

The Greens have written to the Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council with our interim submission on the path out of the COVID-19 crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2020

Interim Submission to Recovery Council

The Tasmanian Greens interim submission to the Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  2 Jun 2020

Gutwein Government Must Rule Out Biomass Burning in Green Hydrogen Power

The Greens welcome the move to establish a renewable hydrogen energy manufacturing industry in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2020

Renewable Energy Action Plan Must Rule Out Biomass

We welcome the Draft Renewable Energy Action Plan’s aim for Tasmania to become a world leader in renewables. That said, there are glaring issues.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 May 2020

Liberal Solar Feed-In Tariff Cut

The Hodgman Government’s feed-in solar energy tariff cut demonstrates just how little they intend to support the growth of a residential solar sector.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Nov 2018

Tasmanians Deserve a Fair Price for Rooftop Solar

A fair feed-in tariff for rooftop solar electricity is a must to reduce people’s power bills and stimulate clean jobs and renewable investment.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2018

Basslink 2.0 Business Case $20M Madness

The Commonwealth report into the feasibility of a second Basslink, published earlier this year, was adamant it would be a lame duck project. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Nov 2017

COAG Must Consider Public Ownership of Basslink

As State, Territory and Federal Ministers for Energy converge on Hobart tomorrow, Minister Barnett should formally open a conversation about nationalising the Basslink cable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Nov 2017

Commonwealth Government's Energy Policy

The abandonment of the renewable sector, subsidies for renewables, renewable energy certificates and backing in of high emissions power sources has also been criticised by Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Victoria's Premier,...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Oct 2017

Hodgman Refuses to Criticise Scrapping of Clean Energy Target

It was a childish performance from Tasmania’s Energy Minister, and a weak performance from the Premier, in Parliament today, when questioned about the Federal Government’s decision to walk away from the Clean Energy Target and back in...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Oct 2017

Liberals' Renewables Plan Lacks Detail

The Liberals' announcement they plan to adopt the Greens' renewable energy target, to make Tasmania 100% energy efficient by 2022, is welcome news.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Aug 2017

PAC Report Silent on Threats to Energy Security

The Public Accounts Committee’s Financial Position and Performance of Government Owned Energy Entities report, tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament today, is underwhelming.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Aug 2017

Record $94M to Secure Tasmania's Energy Supply in Greens' Alternative Budget

The Liberals’ confetti Budget doesn’t contain a single line item to secure Tasmania’s energy supply or drive down energy prices for ordinary Tasmanians. The Greens, with an eye to the future, have included a record $94 million in securing...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2017

State Budget a Wasted Energy Opportunity

The Liberals’ Budget confetti doesn’t contain a single item that would secure Tasmania’s energy supply, or permanently drive down energy prices for ordinary Tasmanians.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2017

Feasibility Study Welcome, Action on Renewable Investment Needed Now

Today’s announcement that the Federal Government will fund a feasibility study into pumped hydro power storage is welcome, as is all investment in renewable energy.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Apr 2017

Huonville High Leads the Way on Renewable Energy

I want to read in some reflections that I had on a terrific experience I had attending the launch of the Zayed Energy Project in Huonville last week.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Apr 2017

Tastex Blazes Trail for Community Solar Projects

Congratulates Taxtex Knitwear and Uniforms, a disability enterprise, that is now feeding energy into the Tasmanian grid, as well as producing high quality knitwear.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Apr 2017

Plan for Transition to 100% Renewable Electricity Needed

The Energy Users Association Conference in Hobart on 23 March 2017 noted the inevitability of the shift to renewable energy generation in Australia on the grounds of cost and carbon emission reduction.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 2017

280 Tasmanian Renewable Energy Jobs Lost Under Liberals

The ABS statistics for Employment in the Renewable Energy Sector*, released last week, show the stark cost of the anti-renewables ideology of the Federal and State Liberals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2017

Tasmania Still Not Energy Self-Sufficient

The 2016 energy crisis cost Tasmania an estimated $126 million and highlighted how insecure the state’s energy supply is.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2017

Liberals' Energy Inaction Costing Tasmania Millions

The Liberals’ refusal to drive investment in new renewables cost Tasmania an estimated $15 million this January alone.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Feb 2017

Energy Security Taskforce Points Finger At Government

The Interim Report of Tasmania’s Energy Security Taskforce found that Tasmania needs more on-island renewables, and the Tasmanian Government is wholly responsible for our energy security.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Dec 2016

Tasmanians Lose Out On Power Bills

The Australian Energy Market Commission '2016 Residential Electricity Price Trends' reported the large decreases in TasNetworks' charges will be wiped out by increases in wholesale electricity costs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Dec 2016

Tenuous Business Case for Second Basslink

The Australian Energy Markets Operator concluded that without significant investment in new renewables in Tasmania, the case for a second Basslink interconnector would only be marginally economic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2016

Finkel Energy Review Identifies Threat to Tasmania

A major national energy report has identified Tasmania as one of two states that are highly exposed and the biggest threat to Australia’s energy security and reliability.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2016

Groom's Renewable Energy Failure

At today’s Government Business scrutiny committee, Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom, showed no sign he has any clear plan to lift Tasmania beyond current inadequate levels of renewable energy generation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Dec 2016

Basslink Break Uncertainty Highlights Need for On-Island Renewables

The energy crisis exposed Tasmania’s vulnerability to cuts to our electricity supply, and the State's increasing dependence on dirty coal-fired power from the mainland. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Dec 2016

Government of Climate Denial and Damage Left Behind by Paris

The Paris Agreement to curb global emissions in the hope of limiting warming to less than 2 degrees, comes into effect today, but the Australian Government has yet to ratify it and the Tasmanian Government has yet to present a plan.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Nov 2016

Hydro's Losses Cost Taxpayer Dearly

Tasmania’s energy crisis gave Matthew Groom the chance to show leadership and guide Tasmanians through a very difficult time.  Instead, Hydro Tasmania’s Annual Report shows it was a $64 million wasted opportunity.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Oct 2016

Second Basslink Rationale Back the Front

Ahead of tomorrow's COAG Energy Committee meeting, Matthew Groom implied further investment in renewable energy projects can't happen without a second Basslink interconnector.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Oct 2016

Second Basslink a COAG Distraction

The Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom will be begging for funding for a second Bass Strait power interconnector at the COAG Energy Committee this week, with complete disregard for the advice of industry experts, scientists and economists.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Oct 2016

Goanna Energy Submission an Indictment on Groom

Goanna Energy's submission to the Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce is an indictment on Energy Minister, Matthew Groom.  

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Sep 2016

Liberals Have Much to Answer on Energy

Throughout the Energy Crisis, Minister Groom showed a complete lack of leadership, and we still don’t know the full cost of the energy crisis to the State.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2016

Liberal Government's Blind Pursuit of Native Forest Biomass

The use of forest biomass for energy is designed by industry proponents to entrench, legitimise and increase native forest logging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

Government Needs Long-term Vision for Renewable Energy

The damage to the Basslink cable and the drought conditions have exposed Tasmania’s dependence on dirty coal-fired electricity from the mainland.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2016

Warwick Smith Departure Should Prompt Rethink on Second Basslink

Warwick Smith’s sudden resignation from the viability study of a second Basslink cable should prompt an urgent rethink of the proposal.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2016

Climate Act Review an Opportunity

Meaningful and sustained action on climate change is not only a moral and economic imperative, with the Australian Government signing the Paris Agreement last December, Tasmania now has a legal responsibility to deliver emissions...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

The Greens have discussed our energy strategy on numbers of occasions in this House since we tabled it early this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

It gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed Alternative Budget for 2016-17. 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

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Investment in Renewables Deliver Large Scale Returns

The Greens’ Alternative Budget has the vision to secure a renewable energy supply for Tasmania that also delivers large scale returns to the State.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: Dishonest Liberal Government Budget Lacks Vision and Courage

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget lacks courage and a vision for the future.

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

100% Renewable Tasmania

After a week of wintery weather, our island state was 100% reliant on renewable energy today. This could be Tasmania’s future.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2016

Solar Owners Dudded By Anti-Renewable Liberal Agenda

The feed-in tariff decision by the Economic Regulator to only pay solar PV owners a mere 6.6c per kilowatt hour is a slap in the face for solar owners and the installation industry.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: More Funding Needed for Renewables to Prevent Another Energy Crisis

Tasmania’s energy crisis has exposed the need for our State to secure a renewable future through a strategy to drive investment in new renewable generation capacity.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Turnbull Government Climate Deniers

Condemnation of the Turnbull Liberal Government for its complete failure to address the greatest challenge facing Australians, and the nation’s economy, global warming.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

Renewable Investment, Not Second Basslink

The assertion by the Premier that a second Basslink would be funded by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation is almost laughable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Apr 2016

Liberal Government's Utter Stupidity on Climate Change

Refers the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Hon Matthew Groom MP, to the Greens’ response to the Draft Climate Change Action Plan.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Apr 2016

Greens' Response to Announcement of New Political Group

The beauty of a democracy is that any group of concerned citizens can speak up and establish organisations to represent their concerns.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Apr 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

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  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

12 Month Energy Talkfest Straight from 'Yes Minister'

A 12 month talkfest is not what Tasmania needs in the middle of an energy crisis. We need action and leadership and we need it now.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Mar 2016

Energy Bungle

The Government finds itself in the midst of an energy crisis, facing soaring costs, electricity rationing, and environmental damage because of an ideological resistance to push the building of new wind farms, and sought to put a lid on...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2016

Groom's Basslink Prayers Not Enough

Basslink has indicated it still doesn't know what the interconnector cable fault is. Although the company hopes it will be finished by late May, it can't be definite until it's done further analysis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Mar 2016

On-Island Renewables Before Second Basslink

Premier Hodgman’s decision to beg his federal colleagues to install a second Bass Strait cable shows he hasn’t learnt anything in the last six weeks.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2016

Greens Energy Vision Needed

Today the Tasmanian Greens released the final parts of our Energy Strategy for a renewable and secure energy supply, a blueprint for self-sufficiency and clean electricity.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2016

Tasmanian Greens Energy Strategy: Vision and Targets

The Tasmanian Greens have released the vision and targets of their Tasmanian Energy Strategy, which focuses on much needed investment in renewables.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jan 2016

Energy Response Needed Now

The government needs to be clear about what their plan is for Tasmania in the current energy predicament.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jan 2016

Renewables Investment Needed Now

The government have told us the Basslink cable might not be operational until March 19 and our dam levels could fall to as low as 14%. If true, this will be 88 days without Basslink operational, which is a disturbing increase from the...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Jan 2016

Storage Levels Stress Need For Renewables

The damage to the Basslink cable has exposed Tasmania’s increasing dependence on dirty coal-fired power from the mainland and resulting vulnerability to cuts to our electricity supply.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2016

Basslink Wake-up Call

The Basslink fault is a wake-up call for the government. It shows just how reliant we’ve become on importing coal-fired power from Victoria, and how vulnerable we are because of it.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Dec 2015

Basslink Failure Highlights Need for Investment in Renewables

The damage to the Basslink cable is a timely reminder that Tasmanians are still vulnerable to cuts to our electricity supply.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Dec 2015

Paris Climate Deal Great Opportunity for Tasmania

The historic deal reached between 195 nations at the Paris climate summit is great news for the planet, and for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Dec 2015

Brown Coal Power Imports Staggering and Shameful

The high levels of dirty energy Tasmania is importing this summer is putting our clean green brand in jeopardy. The latest figures from Hydro are that up to 50% of Tasmania’s power is now coming from Victorian coal-fired power stations.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Dec 2015

Liberals Ignore Renewable Energy

The Energy Minister is blind to the potential of the renewable energy sector in Tasmania and has no long-term plan to support investment by Aurora's solar customers.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Dec 2015

Renewable Energy is Tasmania's Future

Representatives from all nations from around the world are meeting in Paris at the end of this month to urgently find ways to limit climate change caused by emission of greenhouse gases.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Nov 2015

New batteries change the power equation

Rapid advancements occurring in battery technology that will allow households to generate and store their own energy.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Oct 2015

Rosalie Woodruff New Franklin MP

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the Franklin electorate at the state level. My six years as a Huon Valley councillor have given me a good feel for the issues in the southern part of the electorate and I look forward to...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2015

RET Decision Appalling for Tasmania and Our native Forests

The gutting of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and the inclusion of native forest biomass in the target is an appalling outcome for Tasmania.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  24 Jun 2015

Samoa: 100% Renewable by 2017

With the construction of this valuable infrastructure Samoa is on track to reach its target of being 100 percent renewable by 2017.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 May 2015

Tasmania's Renewable Energy Future

The Liberals’ so-called energy strategy fails to address carbon price losses or future changes to the Renewable Energy Target.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  21 Dec 2014

Renewable Energy Target

The release of a recent report reveals the state’s economy benefits from the Renewable Energy Target is more than $100 million each year.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  28 Nov 2014

RET Jobs Threat

Greens Leader Kim Booth MP today slammed the Abbott government’s threat to the Renewable Energy Target.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2014

Renewable Energy Target

Premier Hodgman joining his federal counterparts' ranks on exempting major emitters from the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is not surprising.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jun 2014

Greenhouse Gas Accounts 2011-12

Tasmania is a cleaner, more energy efficient economy and is storing more carbon in the landscape than it was in 1990.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2014