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Out-of-Home Care Monitoring and Oversight

Out-of-home care in Tasmania remains recklessly unregulated five-and-a-half years after the Liberal Party took government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2019


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Vulnerable People

We have examined in some detail the Auditor-General's report which followed the allegations surrounding the for-profit provider Safe Pathways.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Sep 2018


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Child Protection - Total Support Services

The allegation is that Total Support Services is exposing children with disabilities to inappropriate discipline.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2018


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Actions of Minister Petrusma

We have just heard the Minister for Human Services try to justify not telling parliament the truth over the wellbeing of 11 at-risk children.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Aug 2017


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Leaked departmental documents show the Minister misled parliament over the wellbeing of 11 children who had been placed with Safe Pathways last year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Aug 2017


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Resignation of the Commissioner for Children

It is a sad day for Tasmania's children and young people with the sudden resignation of Commissioner, Mark Morrissey.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Aug 2017


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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 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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Premier Hodgman Undercuts Human Services Minister on Child Protection

After the Safe Pathways scandal and evidence the State neglected children in its care, this is a completely unacceptable response from the Premier.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2017


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Commissioner for Children's Report Exposes Urgent Need for Funding

The report into Tasmania’s child protection and out of home care system by the Commissioner for Children and Young People demands urgent attention.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jan 2017


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RoGS Reinforces Government's Failure to Keep Vulnerable Children Safe

The RoGS chapter on child protection services released today illustrates enduring and serious issues that need to be sensitively examined and addressed.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Jan 2017


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Still Too Many Unanswered Questions on Safe Pathways

Five months after concerns were first raised with the government about the treatment of vulnerable children in the care of Safe Pathways, many questions remain.

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


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Petrusma's Child Protection Crisis

In the past year, the average number of children waiting each day for a response from Child Protection has increased from 15.5 to 65.5.

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


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Petrusma Must Cancel Safe Pathways' Contract

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2016


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways

This week, the manifest failings of Tasmania's child protection and out-of-home-care system were revealed to a national audience and to Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2016


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Could you please detail to the House when the funding agreement with Safe Pathways commenced and the total value of this agreement?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016


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Safe Pathways Funding not Reaching Kids

Yesterday the Minister told the House all 11 children currently in the care of Safe Pathways would be visited by a Child Protection officer. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways

I listened very carefully to your response to the Opposition Leader's questions on Safe Pathways and the allegations raised in Four Corners last night.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Nov 2016


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No Role for Profit Making in Child Protection

Chronic, systemic underfunding of child protection in Tasmania has laid the ground for businesses to profit from the abuse and neglect of children.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016