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Community Services and Development - Right to Information

I wrote to the secretaries of Communities Tasmania and Health about persistent breaches of the Right to Information Act.

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


Halls Island on Lake Malbena, Walls of Jerusalem Nationa Park, Tasmania

Lake Malbena - Actions of Parks and Wildlife Service

This morning on the lawns, representatives from 18 community groups called for an end to your Government's secrecy over development in public protected areas.

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


Halls Island on Lake Malbena, Walls of Jerusalem Nationa Park, Tasmania

Greens Table Legislation to Improve Transparency on Public Protected Areas

​​​​​​​The Greens tabled the Right to Information (Public Protected Areas) Amendment Bill 2021 in Parliament today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jul 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Right to Information Amendment (Public Protected Areas) Bill 2021

A bill for an Act to amend the Right to Information Act 2009 to ensure transparency in respect of development proposals for certain reserve tenures.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Greens Bill  |  1 Jul 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


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TasPorts – Right to Information

The TasPorts annual report notes that two applications for assessed for disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009 were received.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Dec 2020


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Right to Information

We have the evidence from the Ombudsman's report that Tasmania is the most secretive of all states and territories in Australia.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Dec 2020


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Government Secrecy

Tasmania's public authorities refused access to any information in 30 per cent of their 2018-19 Right to Information decisions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2020


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Building and Construction – Worksafe RTI

In September 2019 my office made a right to information application to further understand WorkSafe Tasmania's performance relating to workplace investigations.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Nov 2020


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Attorney-General and Justice – RTI Problems

Multiple departments and agencies are now delaying the acceptance of fee waivers for weeks, or even months, and the Ombudsman can't do anything about it.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Nov 2020


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Premier – Transparency

There is a longstanding systemic and cultural issue here where government agencies, since the Liberals came to government in 2014.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2020


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Right to Information

We are the worst performer when it comes to openness about our processes in government.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Nov 2020


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Open and Transparent Government - Ombudsman's Annual Report

Government agencies don't seem to give sufficient weight to the fact that the act creates a legally enforceable right to information.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Nov 2020


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Ombudsman Annual Report Confirms Liberal RTI Secrecy

The Ombudsman’s Annual Report confirms Right to Information requests are being systematically refused.

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

International Day for Democracy

Today is International Day for Democracy and in a time of pandemic it is even more critical that we nurture and protect the foundations of our democracy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020


Pile of Woodchips

Minister Barnett Struggles with Truth, it's There in Black and White

Minister Guy Barnett’s constant refusal to be honest is disrespectful to both the Tasmanian people and their democratic processes. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Sep 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Misleading by the Government

In two recent cases, right to information disclosures have shown in black and white that the Minister has misled the Tasmanian people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020


Law Books

VDL RTI Error Response to Minister

The department has conducted an investigation and determined that some information was inadvertently released in the RTI decision.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Aug 2019


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Right To Information Amendment (Applications For Review) Bill 2019

We will be supporting the legislation, but it is grindingly frustrating to know that we have been here before.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jul 2019


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Right To Information Amendment (Applications For Review) Bill 2019

Madam Speaker, the right to information is a core principle of an open and democratic society.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jul 2019


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Coordinator-General - Right to Information Request for Release of Diary

The Coordinator-General is a public servant under the State Service Act. He is paid $446 000 to cosy up to business and trade in public assets.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 May 2019


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Coordinator General Secrecy Continues

The Premier refused to commit his government to releasing information about how the highly paid Coordinator General spends his time.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 May 2019


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Right to Information Report Confirms Hodgman Government's Culture of Secrecy

The latest Right to Information Annual Report highlights that this system, by the Hodgman Government’s direction, is broken.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2019


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RTI Delays and Secrecy Routine Under Hodgman Liberals

The Hodgman Government’s shameful attachment to secrecy has been laid bare in the national media.

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


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways Still in Operation

An email sent to staff on 13 March makes clear that Safe Pathways is still doing business here.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Mar 2017


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Liberals Vote Against Closing RTI Act Loophole

Despite knowing decisions made by Ministers' delegates are unable to be reviewed, the Liberals voted not to close Right to Information Act 2009 loophole.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2017


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Liberals Treat Public's Right to Know with Contempt

Late yesterday, the Tasmanian Greens finally received the response to a Right to Information request we lodged on the 22nd of November last year. 

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


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Liberals Break Right to Information Law

The Liberals have instituted a culture of secrecy and contempt for Right to Information which is infecting the entire government.

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


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Cruel and Weak-Will Liberals Ignore Greyhound Deaths

The Premier's response in Question Time today to the 1,608 greyhounds who have been killed over the past three years was heartless.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2016


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Groom Suns Himself During Energy Crisis

Right to Information documents obtained by the Greens confirmed State Growth Minister, Matthew Groom, went on holiday three days after Basslink broke.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 2016


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Political Interference in Right to Information with Loophole

There is a persistent problem during this term of government, with Ministers avoiding being caught by the laws by delegating decision making to their staff.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2016


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Right to Information Amendment Bill Tabled

The Greens are moving to address an apparent loophole in the Right to Information Act 2009 which allows a Minister to delegate decision making powers to staff.

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


Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Ministers Failing to Answer Questions on Notice

It is disappointing to see the number of questions that were put on notice some time ago that have not yet been answered by ministers.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Apr 2016


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Premier's Claim of Transparent Government in Tatters

There are currently 29 appeals against Right to Information decisions awaiting decisions from the Ombudsman.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2015


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End Parks Development Secrecy

The Department of State Growth has denied our Right to Information request seeking location details of the 37 proposals submitted to government.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  21 Jan 2015