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Greyhound, Lying Down

Estimates Reply – Minister Howlett

The number of swabs being proposed in the drug detection process for the coming year are fewer than the number undertaken in 2018-19.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2021


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

Estimates Reply – Minister Petrusma

I am so happy to announce the victory of the conservationists who have been vindicated by the Supreme Court's ruling on Lake Malbena.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2021


A family of tenants in their front yard.

Estimates Reply – Attorney-General

On 7 May, Ms Louise Elliot established an 'Elliot for Council' page. On 13 May this year, TRPPOA applied for funding.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2021


Westbury Informal Reserve, Site of Proposed Northern Prison, Westbury, Tasmania

Estimates Reply – Attorney-General

It is surprising and welcome news that the Government is looking at the location of the proposed northern prison site.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2021


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Estimates Reply – Minister Courtney

12 minutes at a minimum of the time devoted to the scrutiny of the Children and Youth portfolio went to Liberal backbencher questions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2021


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Estimates Reply – Minister Courtney

I talked to Ms Courtney, as Education minister, about the concerning low investment in literacy in Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2021


Fish Farm, Macquarie Harbor

Estimates Reply – Minister Barnett

The minister has a delusion that he and this Liberal government can continue to flog our brand and continue to get away with it.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2021


Man testing water in a river.

Estimates Reply – Minister Barnett

This report was one of a series of water ecology reports that the department has been undertaking for many years.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2021


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Fiscal Sustainability

Unfortunately, in this Budget we see a delay in expending those capital funds in providing homes for people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2021


Public Meeting, Town Hall

Estimates Reply – Minister Jaensch

We had some important conversations about the proposed legislative changes that are coming down the line for local government.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Sep 2021


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Estimates Reply – Minister Jaensch

There is an inherent conflict between having a minister who is the minister for State Growth on the one hand and Environment and Climate Change on the other.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Sep 2021


Climate Change Infographic

Estimates Reply – Minister Ferguson

Does the minister for Science, take the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report with the gravity they command?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Sep 2021


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Estimates Reply - Premier

I rise to speak about the contributions made by the Premier and the conversations that were had during the climate change ministry.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Sep 2021


Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Estimates Reply - Premier

We do see, in other parts of our economy, from agriculture to transport to waste, that emissions are increasing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Sep 2021


Sad Horse

Racing - Use of Whips

I want to talk to you about harness racer, Gavin Kelly, who was fined by the stewards for refusing to use a whip.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Racing - Off the Track Program

Minister, last year during Estimates we talked at some length about TasRacing's Off the Track program.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Sad Horse

Racing - Interstate Abattoirs

Are you able to provide any information on the chain of custody arrangements for horses in the racing industry in Tasmania?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Racing - ORI Review

Are you able to confirm that the TasRacing CEO told attendees that TasRacing will not be part of the review?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Greyhound, Lying Down

Racing - Swabs

The actual number of swabs taken in 2018-19 was 4226. Yet the target for swabs taken by stewards is 3500 in 2021-22.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Racing - ORI Staffing

I heard the deputy secretary speak of culture within the Office of Racing Integrity and, as you know, minister, 21 ORI staff have left in the past three years.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Sport and Recreation - Working with Vulnerable People

Have there been any changes in the department's policies and practices to the greatest extent possible to mitigate the risk to children?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Women - Womens Strategy

What might the elements be of the new Tasmanian Women's Strategy?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


LGBTI Flags

Women - Transgender Discrimination

I want to build on that line of questioning a little bit and acknowledge, minister, your sincerity in responding to transgender Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Womens March, 'A Woman's Place is In the Resistance' Sign

Women - Sexual Harassment

But I've had a number of concerning conversations with young women particularly, who've observed what has happened to women who've come forward.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Small Business - Energy Costs

Minister, energy relief is critical for small businesses who are struggling under a lot of other increasing costs and reduction in trade.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Vocational Training, Man Teaching Young Man Woodwork

Small Business - Apprenticeships and Training

Minister, I would like to hear your comments about the small business apprenticeships and trainee programs.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Doctor with Face Mask

Small Business - COVID-19 Impacts

In the Budget papers, the Small Business Mental Health Support package is listed under key deliverables.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Police, Fire and Emergency Management - Firefighting Assets

Minister, what monitoring and early attack assets are guaranteed in Tasmania?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Police, Fire and Emergency Management - Bushfire Mitigation

I would like you to talk us through where your department is in relation to what that bill was proposing.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Police, Fire and Emergency Management - Native Forest Logging

Minister, I don't know if you've had a chance to see the latest research from the ANU, about logging and bushfire risks.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Bushfire, Active Blaze

Police, Fire and Emergency Management - Fire Warden Training

A decision was made last year that Tas Fire Training would stop providing chief fire wardens and fire warden training to the private sector.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Police, Fire and Emergency Management - Media and Communications

It's very important to have clear and efficient communication with media outlets and from media outlets so that official information is available to the public.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Police, Fire and Emergency Management - Strip Searches

The Examiner reported on information about the numbers of invasive strip searches of children and young people continuing in the youth detention system.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Drugs

Police, Fire and Emergency Management - Drugs

The proportion of drug offenders who have been given drug diversions by Tasmania Police has declined every single year under this Government.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Police, Fire and Emergency Management - James Griffin

You outlined a number of specific recommendations that were made in that report. I asked you how they were being actioned.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Prevention of Family Violence - Sexual Harassment

The Prime Minister's Womens National Safety Summit was held this week and it was a very important event.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Parks - Anti-Protest Bill

I have a follow-up question, about the Workplace Protection from Protestors Amendment Bill 2019, which is currently in draft form.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Aboriginal Flag

Parks - Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area

There's $10 million, I understand, put into the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area and stopping four wheel drives from trashing that unique heritage.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Parks - RAA Replacement

It seems to be a pretty clear admission that the Parks process surrounding the expression of interest has been very secret.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Three Capes Track, Tasmania

Parks - Tyndall Ranges, Next Iconic Walk

The independent report shows the cost of that walk is actually going to cost $37 million to create.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Veteran Affairs - RSL Tasmania

As part of providing for health and wellbeing for returned soldiers, it's very important to have a place.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Veteran Affairs - Afghan Refugees

I've been personally approached by people who have served in Afghanistan who are extremely distressed by the chaotic unfolding of events.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Fish Farm, Macquarie Harbor

Trade - Aquaculture

Today in The Australian they have reported Woolworths has expressed concern at claims that Tasmania's salmon industry certification may not be fit for purpose.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Pile of Woodchips

Trade - Woodchip Exports

Minister, what's the volume of native forest woodchips that’s exported for all Tasmanian ports over the years 2019, 2020, 2021 and to date?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Energy and Emissions Reduction - Gas Industry

I have received a stream of promotional materials from Font PR of behalf of Tas Gas and the Tasmanian Gas Pipeline over the last few months.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Basslink, Thyristor Valve, George Town

Energy and Emissions Reduction - Basslink

I understand that the current owners of Basslink Keppel Infrastructure Trust are in financial trouble and have failed to pay compensation money.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Energy and Emissions Reduction - Transmission Cost Allocation

Last year the Energy Security Board provided advice to energy ministers on transmission cost allocation. We haven't seen an announcement yet about that issue.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Energy and Emissions Reduction - Onerous Contracts

We've heard that Hydro Tasmania didn't think there was enough energy for hydrogen which contradicted the Government's position.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Energy and Emissions Reduction - Hydrogen

Two weeks ago Hydro said to Twiggy Forrest that according to him Hydro couldn't provide 250 megawatts of power for that project.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Energy and Emissions Reduction - New Energy Agency

Now the CEO has left and there is plenty of speculation that a rift has occurred between Government and Hydro.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Fish Farm in Okehampton Bay, Tasmania

Primary Industries - JBS Takeover

Minister, I want to ask you a couple of questions before I leave the committee about JBS and its planned takeover of Huon.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Fish Farm, Macquarie Harbor

Primary Industries - Fish Farming

There is huge concern in coastal communities around Tasmania about your Government's plans to double the size of the Tasmanian fish farming industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Man testing water in a river.

Primary Industries - River Health

Rivers in more extensively developed areas of catchment in Tasmania are under stress and this is causing changes in river health.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Mining

Resources - Mining

The work they do is on behalf of future generations. It also upholds Tasmania's brand, and we regard you as the parliamentary wing of the climate criminals.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Swift Parrot

Resources - Swift Parrot

What is Forestry Tasmania's plan to protect the swift parrot, which is down to 300 individual birds.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Resources - Native Forest Logging

Why wouldn't Tasmania show the same kind of climate leadership and announce an end to native forest logging?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Resources - Anti-Protest Legislation

Is it your Government's intention also to prohibit protest, lock people up, slap them with huge fines if they're defending public protected areas?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Film Industry, Videographer

Arts - Screen Productions

Minister, the screen productions that come out of Tasmania are truly world renowned.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Music, Hands with Guitar

Arts - Live Music

Is there anything in the Budget for live music specifically, particularly for smaller venues?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Art Gallery

Arts - Arts Industry Development Funding

Minister, I'd like to get some more information about the money in the Budget provided under Arts Industry Development, output 5.2.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Air View of Houses

Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs - Rental Property Owners Association

Minister, what date did the Tasmanian Rental Property Owners Association first approach the Government seeking funding?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs - Wage Theft

The Fair Work Ombudsman this year reported almost $600 000 in unpaid wages for workers and businesses across the popular food precincts of North Hobart.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Fish Farm, Macquarie Harbor

Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs - Tassal Worksafe Investigation

Can you please tell me what was the result of WorkSafe Tasmania's investigation? Has Tassal been fined or has there been any other enforcement actions taken?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs - Worksafe Referral

Attorney-General, I want to take you to the Integrity Commission Report 1 of 2021, dated 24 August 2021.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Westbury Informal Reserve, Site of Proposed Northern Prison, Westbury, Tasmania

Corrections - Westbury Prison Proposal

I'd like to ask you about the proposed Westbury prison and explore what your agency's recent engagement with the Commonwealth has been.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Corrections - Rehabilitation

Education, training, reintegration and rehabilitative services are not being delivered at the levels that are needed.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Corrections - Tough on Crime Rhetoric

As a result of Government policies around community orders, suspended sentences, its 'tough on crime' rhetoric, the prisons population has increased.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Attorney-General and Justice - Integrity Commission

Have you ever made inquiries with the commission as to why they've never held, for example, a public hearing?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Attorney-General and Justice - Victims of Crime Compensation

Moving back to something I asked you about last year, the processes and the funding available for victims of crime.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Attorney-General and Justice - Nazi Iconography and Memorabilia

Victoria's Attorney-General, Jaclyn Symes, has recently announced that the Victorian government will be banning the display of Nazi iconography.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Attorney-General and Justice - OPCAT

The Closing the Gap implementation plan notes that the Commonwealth will provide funding over two years to states and territories to implement OPCAT.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Attorney-General and Justice - Sexual Harassment

How long do reviews of sexual harassment complaints take to be completed in the Department of Justice?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Law Books

Attorney-General and Justice - Anti-Discrimination Act

The largest group of complaints under section 17(1) are on the basis of disability, something that's never mentioned by the federal government or the ACL.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Attorney-General and Justice - Commission of Inquiry

The Budget provides $1.6 million for the Commission of Inquiry Response Unit, you have just called that CARCRU, is that right?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Heritage - National Trust

As Heritage minister, you should know this has been an ongoing issue for heritage properties in Tasmania, going back to forever.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


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

Heritage - Halls Island

Are you able to provide the committee with an update on the Tasmanian Heritage Council's consideration of the heritage listing of Reg Hall's hut?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Aboriginal Affairs - Ashley Youth Detention

There has been a sharp spike in the number of Aboriginal children ending up in the Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Aboriginal Affairs - Crown Land Divestment

A few weeks ago, the minister for Parks announced a plan to divest, sell, what she described as 'excess' Crown lands.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Aboriginal Affairs - Truth telling

Have you had any discussions with the professors who are undertaking the work about what that might look like?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Wind Farm

Environment - Robbins Island

Robbins Island is an important ark for about 150 disease-free Tasmanian devils. It is an insurance population.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Environment - Native Forest Logging

Do you agree the best action we can take to protect Tasmania's many threatened and endangered species unique to this place is to end native forest logging?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Man testing water in a river.

Environment - EPA Independence

Can you confirm that a Statement of Expectations will no longer be provided to the EPA?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Air View of Houses

Planning - Short Stay Permits

How many short-stay properties in each region have permits, and how many do not? How many are exempt from the permit system, and for what reasons?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


City Planners Around Table

Planning - State Planning Provisions

In the draft statewide planning provisions report that was handed to the minister, 15 recommendations were made.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Man testing water in a river.

Local Government - Environmental Health Officers

Professor Roger Hughes at UTAS has recommended that the workforce needs to be expanded by 25 full time equivalent staff across the state as a high priority.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Local Government - KGV Hydrotherapy Pool

Our first concern is that St Giles raised the hire cost of the pool from $55 an hour to $200 an hour, effectively pricing out Arthritis Tas from using the pool.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

State Growth - Visas

Can you provide information on the total number of visas issued under each subclass by financial year from 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

State Growth - Mount Roland Cable Car

Are you able to update the committee on the proposed privatisation of part of Mount Roland and the cable car proposal by a private developer?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

State Growth - Code of Conduct Investigations

Minister, are you aware of any ED5 code of conduct investigations in the Department of State Growth?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


kunanyi / Mount Wellington

State Growth - kunanyi/Mount Wellington Cable Car

Minister, is the Department of State Growth providing any practical support or advice or guidance to the Mt Wellington Cableway Company to date?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

State Growth - PESRAC Report

What regard, if any, would State Growth and the Office of the Coordinator-General have for the recommendation in PESRAC?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Wind Farm

State Growth - Robbins Island

Does the Office of the Coordinator-General have any involvement in the proposed windfarm on Robbins Island?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

State Growth - Crown Land Sales

I want to talk about the announced sale of what minister Petrusma called 'excess Crown land'.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


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

State Growth - EOI Projects

How many expressions of interest have been lodged to date through the opaque expressions of interest process for development in protected areas?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Sep 2021


Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Children and Youth - Ashley Youth Detention Centre

It is notorious for violence, disfunction and for younger children in that unit not being safe.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Children and Youth - Sexual Harassment

Was the complaint was sitting either on his desk or another desk in the department for up to four months before the investigation commenced?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Person with Disability with his Parents

Disability Services - Disability Access

People living with disabilities shouldn't have to put up with this to make a complaint. What are you doing to fix this situation, minister?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Disability Services - Form Accessibility

Can you please tell me what was the result of this review, and what percentage of forms are now accessible in the health service and the whole of government?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Person with Disability with his Parents

Disability Services - NDIS and Equipment Access

What happens is that when children make an application to the NDIS, the process often takes between six months and a year.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Vocational Training, Man Teaching Young Man Woodwork

Skills and Training and Workforce Growth - TasTAFE

Will the teachers and staff who are currently employed through our public education and training institute TasTAFE remain as State Service employees?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Education - South Hobart Primary School

This year there's no apparent funding in the Budget for either the library or any expansion of South Hobart Primary School.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Empty Classroom

Education - Speech Pathologists

How many schools is one speech pathologist responsible for, on average?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Education - Discrimination

How many discrimination complaints have been lodged with Equal Opportunity Tasmania against the DoE or its teachers in the past 12 months, if any?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Education - Students and Climate

Eco anxiety is something that the Premier talked about yesterday in the Climate portfolio and it is a recognised psychological diagnostic area.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Law Books

Education - Commission of Inquiry

Minister, the commission of inquiry is underway and I would like to hear what actions the department has put in place now.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Happy Children, Playing with Parents

Education - Child and Family Learning Centre Specialist Staff

The Budget provides funding to replicate the support and wellbeing team model in the Child and Family Learning Centres.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Empty Classroom

Education - Trauma Programs

Last year's budget didn't include a budget line for trauma programs, but talked about an increase in total annual funding to $4 million a year.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Person with Disability with his Parents

Education - Disability Funding

How many students with disability are currently enrolled in Tasmanian schools, including those who don't receive funding under the reasonable adjustment model?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Classroom, Students with Raised Hands

Education - Literacy

There is no doubt that teachers are doing extraordinary work and we all thank them for what they do, teaching our children.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Doctor with Face Mask

Hospitality and Events - COVID-19

The threat of Delta coming into Tasmania is very present. So far, the state has done an extraordinary job in keeping it out of the island.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Hospitality and Events - Gambling Reforms

What was the date on which you first became aware of the advice of the planned tax rate for poker machines in casinos?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Privacy, Cyber Security, Padlock over Globe with Binary Code

Science and Technology - State Service IT Systems

The Auditor-General in October last year was critical of the Government's progress in the 'Our Digital Future' strategy.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Science and Technology - Climate

What would you say are the key findings of the sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report just released?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Homeless Man

State Development - Homelessness and Housing

The number of people who are in housing stress and experiencing homelessness has gone up.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

State Development - Macquarie Point

Looking at the master plan for Macquarie Point, there are a number of extremely exciting proposed developments there.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Infrastructure and Transport - Ministerial Staff Conduct

Do you think it's appropriate to have someone on your staff who spends a fair bit of time in your office self-promoting and trolling the Hobart City Council?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Construction, Work Site

Infrastructure and Transport - High-Vis Army

I need you to understand that there's no mention of the Housing Industry Association in your High Vis Army policy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Wallaby

Infrastructure and Transport - Roadkill

A UTAS and CSIRO collaboration found more than 294 000 Tasmanian native animals are killed every year by vehicles on our roads.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Infrastructure and Transport - Sexual Harassment

Harassment and bullying is one thing but the process, gaslighting, minimising and blatantly ignoring what has followed is equally, if not more, harmful.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Infrastructure and Transport - Queenstown Historic Railway

Has any referral been made to Tasmania Police or the Integrity Commission or any other body relating to the procurement?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Infrastructure and Transport - Freight Equalisation Scheme

In the 2020-21 year, in Subsidies and Concessions, page 361, shipping and ferry subsidies are broken down.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Infrastructure and Transport - Leith Overpass

I am interested in what the genesis was for such a high-impact and arguably, completely over-engineered traffic solution.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Light Rail

Infrastructure and Transport - Hobart Light Rail

The northern suburbs transit corridor options technical report recommended several next steps to progress the corridor.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Highway with Traffic

Infrastructure and Transport - Southern Outlet Fifth Lane

What the solution is to the actual bottleneck, which is the Macquarie and Davey Streets and also the roundabout at the top of the Outlet.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Finance - Gambling Reforms

All through the state election campaign, both the Finance Minister and Premier refused to tell Tasmanians what the casino pokies tax rate was.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

Community Services and Development - Sexual Harassment

I do have one more but it relates in part to Ms Courtney's portfolio and some really serious issues that came up in the Premier's Estimates today.

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


Doctor with Face Mask

Community Services and Development - COVID-19

I understand that the procurement of quarantine hotels and quarantine facilities sits with Communities Tasmania.

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


Law Books

Community Services and Development - Elder Abuse

There's quite a body of evidence that's developing around the world about the potential for elder abuse specific legislation.

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


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries - Native Forest Biomass Energy

I have in front of me the Tasmanian Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan of 2024 and it talks about two particular areas I wanted to discuss with you.

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries - National Security

Is the agency here working with ASIO? For example, what sort of guidance is given by the Department of Defence?

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


Lonely Child

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

PESRAC recommended that the CAMHS reforms be accelerated and implemented as soon as possible and they set out a number of phases.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Climate Emergency

Last week a veritable who's who of Australian sport launched an incredibly important campaign called The Cool Down.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Eating Disorder Clinic

Minister, I asked you in Estimates last year about the construction of a stand-alone eating disorder clinic at St John's.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Doctor with Face Mask

Mental Health and Wellbeing - COVID-19

We have a load of 150 people or thereabouts, I understand, coming from the UK, who will be in hotel quarantine in Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Mental Health, Man on Couch

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Coronial Report, Mental Health Services

Two coronial reports in recent times have painted a dire picture of acute mental health services in our hospital system.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Pills

Health - Pill Testing

Our current system puts such a huge focus on the morality of drug-taking there is little room for the discussion of the science.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Medicinal Cannabis

Health - Medical Cannabis

Tasmania's Controlled Access Scheme was widely acknowledged as being overly restrictive and ideologically dominated.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Health - Hospital Performance and Staffing

In July, the Royal Hobart Hospital recorded its worst result on record for patients seen on time.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Hospital Bed

Health - Elective Surgeries

The performance target you have for elective surgeries in this Budget are extremely welcome.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Ambulance, Interior

Health - Paramedics and Ambulances

Last year in budget Estimates we asked the Minister to provide data for the number of code blue events that had occurred on the ramp at the Royal.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Doctor with Face Mask

Health - COVID-19

We are now in a situation where the majority of the Australian population is in lockdown due to the significant outbreaks of the Delta variant.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Health - James Griffin

In budget Estimates last year we asked a number of questions about the James Geoffrey Griffin matter.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


kunanyi / Mount Wellington

Tourism - kunanyi/Mt Wellington Cable Car

The outgoing chair of Tourism Tasmania was very supportive of the cable car on kunanyi.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


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

Tourism - EOI Projects

Ian Johnstone sold his company, Maria Island Walk to the company called Experience Company.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Tourism - Golf Trip

The CEO, the chair and a retiring board member travelled to King Island in June this year on what we understand was a golf trip.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Protest, Climate Emergency

Climate Change - Climate Emergency Declaration

Sporting men and women in Australia have taken out full page advertisements and launched a campaigned called The Cool Down.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Climate Change - Native Forest Logging

Reafforestation and a decline in native forest logging offset more than 100 per cent of Tasmania's emissions in 2018.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Climate Change - Sectoral Emissions Targets

We have a climate plan that you are going to announce, that has no caps on native forest logging and no sectoral targets.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Houses, Construction

Treasury - Housing Funding

The Labor-Greens government left the housing waiting list at its lowest level in a decade and built nearly 2500 new homes within four years.

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


Swift Parrot

Treasury - Threatened Species Funding

For the swift parrot recovery plan over the four years, there is $1 million. As you are aware, according to ANU researchers we're down to about 300 birds.

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

Treasury - Macquarie Point

The vision of the Government has changed three or four times since the area of land first became a possibility.

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


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Treasury - Climate Bureaucracy

There is still funding in the Premier and Cabinet papers for the Tasmanian Climate Change office.

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


Women's Soccer Match

Treasury - Election Campaign Sports Club Funding

After the last election, we had this extraordinary list of little clubs sprinkled all over Tasmania who were given grants and hand-outs.

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


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Treasury - Land Tax

Treasurer, in February this year you backtracked on your position to not change land tax and announced you'd ask Treasury to review Tasmania's land tax.

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


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Treasury - Government Financial Reporting

In 2019 the Public Account Act 1986 was repealed. As a result, we haven't had a section 19 return since 2019.

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


A family of tenants in their front yard.

Treasury - Rent Assistance and Housing Services

How much commonwealth rent assistance was received in Tasmania in 2020-21?

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

Treasury - Sale of Crown Land

There's no line item in the Budget that I can find for the potential sale of Crown lands.

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


Man testing water in a river.

Treasury - Water Licences

Going to page 86, General government revenue, are you aware that in water licence fees we're only expecting to make a little over $2 million a year out to 2025?

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


Mining

Treasury - Mining Royalties

Treasurer, are you able to tell the Committee how much income Tasmania earned from mining royalties over the past year?

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


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Treasury - Forestry Tasmania

Somewhere else in the large Budget Paper is the $2 million per annum community service obligation payment to Forestry Tasmania.

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


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Treasury - Gambling Reforms

The Government negotiated the casino EGM tax rate, at the latest, on 9 December last year - months before they went to an election.

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


Westbury Informal Reserve, Site of Proposed Northern Prison, Westbury, Tasmania

Premier - Westbury Prison Site

The Westbury Prison site in a nature reserve, is hugely problematic.

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


Highway with Traffic

Premier - Southern Outlet Fifth Lane

The Government wants to build a fifth lane on the Southern Outlet having underinvested in sustainable transport solutions for eight years.

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


Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Premier - Forests

Premier, this again relates to the PESRAC report and the strong findings from Tasmanians that they want to see the natural environment looked after.

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


Basslink, Thyristor Valve, George Town

Premier - Marinus Link

Victoria is investing in big battery infrastructure, as are our other states and territories, and we now have wind generation going into Bass Strait.

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


Wind Farm

Premier - Offshore Wind Farms

Victoria has just announced it's putting in the first offshore wind farm. Offshore wind farms are all around the coast of Scotland.

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


Protest, Climate Emergency

Premier - Protestors

The third attempt to make this legislation constitutional would exempt a protest, for example, outside the hospital.

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


Fish Farm in Okehampton Bay, Tasmania

Premier - JBS and Fish Farms

Now we know that JBS wants to enter the Tasmanian fish farming sector - after dumping abattoir waste into Porky's Creek on King Island.

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


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Premier - Environment and Climate Sustainability

Tasmanians told us of their concern that Tasmania's environmental credentials don't truly stack up when a close look is taken.

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


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Premier - House of Assembly Restoration

In the last term of the parliament, all parties agreed that the House of Assembly is far too small.

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


Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Premier - Ashley Youth Detention Centre

I want to raise that in Tasmania sometimes people can be targeted because they challenge government or because they challenge the established order.

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


Law Books

Premier - Anti-Discrimination Act

Equality Tasmania held a protest over the Australian Christian Lobby's campaign to have section 17 of our gold standard Anti-Discrimination Act watered down.

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


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Premier - Afghanistan Refugees

Over the weekend Tasmania received ex pats to take the pressure off quarantine facilities interstate for Afghans fleeing from the Taliban.

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

Premier - COVID-19 and Border Restrictions

Last week Commonwealth Attorney-General Michaelia Cash was making veiled threats to states and territories in relation to border restrictions.

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


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2021

As we know, the Custodial Inspector, although an independent statutory entity, is also the Ombudsman.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Sep 2021


Parliament House, Tasmania

Budget Reply

I am proud to speak to the Tasmanian Greens fully costed, long term vision for Tasmania, our alternative budget 2021-22.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Sep 2021


Swift Parrot

Threatened Species Unit

Over the last seven years your Government has cut the Threatened Species Unit to a shadow of its former self.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Sep 2021


Green Economics

Budget Reply

I am proud to stand and deliver our alternative Budget on behalf of the Tasmanian Greens.

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


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Small Business Support

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on all small businesses in Australia have been profound.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Sep 2021


A family of tenants in their front yard.

Tasmanian Residential Rental Property Owners Association - Government Funding

The incorporation documents for this association show their only current office bearer is Ms Louise Elliot, the president and public officer.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Sep 2021


Education, Textbook and Laptop

South Hobart Primary School - Library

Last year in Estimates, Dr Woodruff raised the issue of the South Hobart Primary School library and this matter has, regrettably, not been resolved.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Aug 2021


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Budget 2021-22 - Tasmanian Residential Property Owners Association

This year's Budget includes funding of $100 000 over two years for the Tasmanian Residential Property Owners Association.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Aug 2021


Houses, Construction

Social Housing Supply

The Budget papers reveal the consequences of seven years of underfunding social housing supply.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Aug 2021


Green Economics

Alternative Budget 2021-22

The Greens’ Alternative Budget sets out a future for Tasmania that enables sustained recovery from the global health emergency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  1 Sep 2021


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Supply Bill (No. 4) 2021

The decrease in Parliamentary Library Service reflects the transfer of funding provided for legislative drafting under the 2019-20 Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2021


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Gutwein’s Band-Aid Budget

After eight years of underfunding health, housing, education, skills, and corrections, the Liberals have delivered a Band-Aid Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Aug 2021


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Supply Bill (No.3) 2021

The chances are there will be a case of Delta in Tasmania. It is a question of how we respond and how quickly we act.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2021


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Supply Bill (No.3) 2021

The bill is based on actual expenditures of agencies and it is there as an insurance policy effectively in the event that we cannot take the Budget through.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2021


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Liberals' Election Pokies Lies Exposed

The cat is now well and truly out of the bag, with RTI documents obtained confirming the Gutwein Government negotiated the casino pokies tax rate last December.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2021


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Government Fiscal Sustainability Report 2021 – Time to Make the Corporates Pay

The Tasmanian Government Fiscal Sustainability Report 2021 reiterates the findings of previous reports from Treasury. It makes it clear things need to change.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2021


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Estimates Reply - Premier Gutwein

One thing that we are very disappointed about with the Liberal Budget is the failure to really set Tasmania on a new course.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

State Growth – Skilled Worker Visas

Last year we received information on the total number of visas issued under each subclass by financial year from 2013-14 to 2017-18.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Nov 2020


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Strategic Growth – Job Guarantee

The Greens alternative budget prioritised $240 million into a youth jobs guarantee as a first trial towards rolling out to the whole of Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2020


Festival

Small Business, Hospitality and Events – Events Funding

The Budget Papers shows an increase this year followed by a sharp decrease over the forward Estimates and that's output group 5.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2020


Art Gallery

Arts - Funding

We can't identify any key deliverables in this Budget in the Arts portfolio this year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Nov 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Budget Reply

If we do not make large, unparalleled changes by 2030 we will face extreme problems.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Nov 2020


Green Economics

Budget Reply

The year 2020 began with a firestorm that devastated communities, forests and wildlife from the south coast of Victoria to the south east of Queensland.

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


Green Economics

Greens Present Alternative Budget to Tackle COVID and Climate Crises

The Tasmanian Greens today delivered our fully costed, triple bottom line Alternative Budget that tackles the twin crises of COVID and the climate emergency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Nov 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Budget 2020-21 - Tasmanian Job Guarantee

The social and economic crisis caused by coronavirus has been massive and will continue to impact upon our state for years to come.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2020


Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Budget 2020-21 - Climate Change

This Budget should have tackled the twin crises of COVID-19 and climate together but it failed to do so.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2020


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Climate MIA in State Budget

A Budget serious about tackling the climate emergency would drive down emissions across the economy, and properly address crucial adaptation issues.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2020


Lower Chasm Falls, Smoko Creek, in the Great Western Tiers, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

The Environment and Parks Portfolios

The EPA has been given its marching orders by government and that is to prioritise industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Nov 2020


Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

The Environment and Parks Portfolios

Last year, members had five hours to scrutinise the Minister for Environment and Parks. What we have now is two hours in the current schedule.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Nov 2020


Logged Forest, Tarkine

State Budget Missing in Climate and Environmental Action

Peter Gutwein’s first Budget as Premier fails to address the dual threat – the climate emergency and pandemic emergency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2020


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

State Budget a Missed Opportunity to Invest in People

The 2020-2021 State Budget is a missed opportunity for a real reset to tackle the twin challenges of COVID and climate.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2020


Pile of Woodchips

Massive Public Subsidies to Forestry Will Continue in State Budget

The Liberals came to government in 2014 promising to end the subsidies to native forest logging.  Six years later, the Premier confirmed in question time today,

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Motion to Establish Budget Estimates Committees

Last year in Estimates there were five hours allocated to Environment and Parks. That was cut this year to a total of two hours.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Nov 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Labor and Liberals Unite to Axe Environmental Estimates Scrutiny

Labor and the Liberals have today united to drastically cut the time allocated in Budget Estimates to scrutinise key government portfolios.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Nov 2020


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Financial Management (Further Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020

This is a tidy-up bill, it is making sure that there is consistency in the terminology and the language in relation to changes that were made four years ago.

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


Doctor with Patient

Health in the North

The problem with the Launceston General Hospital has nothing to do with staff and everything to do with continual underfunding and under-resourcing.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Budget Management

There is no question - we too had a briefing from Treasury - that Tasmania's finances are in a very difficult situation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Aug 2020


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Aggressive Infrastructure Spend Needs to Focus on Housing Led Recovery

The Greens urge the Premier to ensure increasing the supply of quality social and affordable housing is front and centre.

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


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Large Net Debt Inevitable in Pandemic

News of Tasmania’s net debt likely to reach $2 billion within a year is unsurprising.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2020


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Cognate debate on COVID-19 financial bills

On the way to work this morning we drove past the Centrelink offices in Hobart and the queue was stretching all the way down Barrack Street.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Mar 2020


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

COVID-19 Budget Delay

The Greens are relieved the State Budget has been delayed. It’s the right decision in a time of deep social and financial uncertainty.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2020


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Section 19 Return

As ever the Return under Section 19 tells a story of chronic underfunding of public services and agencies.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Nov 2019


Hospital Bed

Health Budget and Access Solutions meeting agreements

The Minister for Health oversees a budget which grows every year. That is the nature of the Health budget.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Nov 2019


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Budget Cuts and Budget Mismanagement

Cassy responds to the Treasurer during Labor's 'Budget Cuts and Budget Mismanagement' Matter of Public Importance.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Oct 2019


Lonely Child

Child Protection Not Safe From Gutwein's Cuts

The Treasurer has refused to commit the government to quarantining the child protection system from the so-called ‘efficiency dividend’.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jun 2019


Green Economics

Budget Reply Speech

Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Budget Reply speech, discussing the Greens' Alternative Budget.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 May 2019


Green Economics

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2019


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Net Debt

Any state budget is a statement of values. It tells us everything we need to know about what the government of the day values.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 May 2019


Green Economics

Budget Reply Speech

Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.

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


Green Economics

Liberals' Climate Denial Budget

After the hottest summer in the state’s history the Liberals have delivered a climate denial Budget.  

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2019


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2019


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

State Budget

I am pleased to talk about the state budget because, arguably, there has never been a state budget that will be more important.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2019


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Consolidated Fund Appropriation (Supplementary Appropriation For 2018-19) Bill 2019

Cassy speaks to a $218 million supplementary appropriation bill.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Apr 2019


Green Economics

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget 2018-19

The Tasmanian Greens have set out the long term vision missing from the Liberals’ State Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Jun 2018


Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Peter Gutwein's Pork Barrel-Budget

​​​​​​​Tasmanians have been presented with an uninspiring pork barrel budget from a government that was bought and bribed its way into office.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Jun 2018


Green Economics

2018-19 Budget Reply

A state budget is a statement of values that shapes the direction of a place and its people over the term of a government and beyond.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Jun 2018


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Liberals Mislead Tasmanians over TEELS Scheme

The Energy Minister confirmed the Westpac credit card scheme the Liberals have fraudulently badged as a cost of living measure won't cost the government a cent.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2017


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

2017/18 Budget: No answers, No substance

The Treasurer’s responses in Budget Estimates today were basically limited to pleas to just trust him.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2017


Hospital Bed

Greens Deliver Triple Bottom Line Alternative Budget

The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget is a fully costed vision for the future that demonstrates it is possible to look after people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 May 2017


Green Economics

Real Cost of Living Relief in Greens' Alternative Budget

Our Alternative Budget allocates more than $6 million each year to genuine cost of living measures that produce long term savings to households.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2017


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

A State Budget Bloated with Pork

The more you look at this Budget, the more cynical you become.  It’s very clear that it is designed to help the Liberals buy their way to the next election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2017


Green Economics

State Budget Response

Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2017


Ambulance, Interior

Lives at Risk if Ambulance Tasmania Funding Missing from State Budget

The median Tasmanian ambulance response time of 14.1 minutes is the worst in the country. It’s far too long for people who need critical life support.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2017


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Coroner Confirms RHH Under-Resourcing Putting Patient Lives at Risk

The Coronial inquest into the 2015 death of a Royal Hobart Hospital patient found it could have been prevented.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 May 2017


Green Economics

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.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Parliament House, Tasmania

State Budget: Address in Reply

The Greens’ Alternative Budget restores frontline funding to education, and state Government's share of responsibility for sewerage and water infrastructure.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 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


Water Reservoir

State Budget 2016: Treasurer Washes Hands of Launceston Water and Sewerage

Launceston's crumbling water and sewerage infrastructure has not been allocated funds in this year's Budget. 

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

State Budget 2016: Treasurer Deceiving Tasmanians

The Treasurer refused to admit that he is trying to deceive Tasmanians into believing he has delivered a surplus when in fact he has not.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

State Budget 2016: Treasurer's Fake Surplus

By both the Auditor-General's and Treasury's best measure the state will be in deficit by $94.2 million - not back in the black but in the red.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Treasurer Deceiving over State of the Budget Books

Treasurer Gutwein’s alleged and much lauded surplus is a sham, according to the balance measure preferred by the Auditor General and the Treasurer’s own agency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2016


Hospital Bed

State Budget 2016: No Additional Funding for Health

The Minister for Health made what can only be construed as some misleading statements in the House yesterday about the question I asked him in question time.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

Tthe Budget papers show more than $6 million cut from an already underfunded Parks and Wildlife Service across the forward Estimates.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Green Economics

Greens Deliver for Northern Tasmania

Liberal backbencher Sarah Courtney MP's claims that Greens have forgotten northern Tasmania in our Alternative Budget is rubbish.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2016


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

The Budget papers show a more than $6M cut to the Parks and Wildlife Service across the forward estimates.

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


Green Economics

Greens Budget for Cruelty Free Tasmania

The Greens Alternative Budget recognises animals as sentient beings who deserve our care and respect.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

$18M Cut Hidden in Health Budget

The Liberals were forced to patch up last Budget's under-spend, and they haven't learned last year's lesson.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016


Green Economics

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

We recognise that genuine planning for the 21st century requires a long term vision and the courage to make bold decisions to drive change.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016


Survey, Filling out Sheet

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

The last survey of rural confidence found that Tasmanian farmers are feeling flat about the year ahead.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016


Doctor with Patient

State Budget 2016: Health System Gutted of Funding

In the policy and parameter statements in budget paper 1 for this year there is a policy item for Tasmanian Health Service additional funding of $10 million.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

State Budget 2016: Public Service Jobs at Risk Again

The Premier is clearly getting ready for another round of public sector bashing.

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


Doctor with Patient

Stop Shifting Health Blame, Just Fix It, Minister

The events of the last couple of days in our hospitals are inexcusable and they shame us all.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2016


Doctor with Patient

Health Reform Direction Sound but Where are the Dollars?

The Greens want to see as much of the politics taken out of the health debate as possible and that is why we have publicly supported the reform direction.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jun 2015


Air View of Houses

Liberals Treat Estimates with Contempt

In now tired and typical fashion, we have seen yet another Liberal Minister obfuscating question after question in Budget Estimates.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2015


Aboriginal Flag

Slow Progress on Resetting Relationship with Aboriginal Tasmanians

The Premier's commitment to 'reset the relationship' with Aboriginal Tasmanians is off to an uninspiring and noncommittal start.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Jun 2015


Green Economics

Memo to Premier: Investing in People isn't a Waste of Money

Premier Hodgman acknowledged concerns raised by the community sector about the lack of funds to Tasmanians in need as "valid questions".

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Jun 2015


Green Economics

Budget Reply Speech

While the Liberals have been slapping themselves on the back about what a terrific Budget it is, it has been roundly condemned by the community sector.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2015


Mental Health, Man on Couch

Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Services

Mental health services for young Tasmanians remain the most poorly resourced in the country.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2015


Mental Health, Man on Couch

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Remains Critically Under Resourced

Tasmania's youth mental health services remain the most poorly resourced in the country.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2015


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

National Accounts Cast Doubt on Key Budget Assumptions

The National Accounts figures released today show Tasmania's economy stagnating, and cast doubt on key assumptions in Treasurer Peter Gutwein's state budget.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2015


Gender Equality

Domestic Violence Funding

The Premier has claimed that your Budget delivers for women at risk of men's violence,.

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2015


Office

Small Business - Electricity Prices

There is no new funding allocated in the Budget specifically for small business.

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2015


Green Economics

Greens Alternative Budget Statement

The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget demonstrates it is possible to deliver strong economic and jobs outcomes while investing extra into services.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2015


Green Economics

Greens Budget Alternative for those the Liberals forgot

Last week’s Liberal state Budget lacked compassion and courage.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2015


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Preliminary State Budget Response

If you are homeless, sick, have children in public schools, or care about the environment and action on climate change, the Budget has let you down. 

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2015


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

GST Windfall

GST is intended to be invested in service delivery - a recurrent expense to Government.

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


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

GST Windfall - Public Service Job Cuts

The Government has taken a sledgehammer to essential services, sacking an estimated 1,200 public sector workers this financial year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2015


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

2015-16 Budget Outlook: More of the Same

The 2015-16 Tasmanian Economic Outlook report emphasises the urgent need for the government to look outside the box.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2015


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Revised Estimates Report 2014-15

The release of the Revised Estimates Report 2014-15 was a missed opportunity for the Treasurer, Peter Gutwein.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2015


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

State Finances & Taxation Review Needed

Pressure is building for the Hodgman government to undertake a comprehensive State Finance and Taxation Review.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  16 Dec 2015


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Savage Cuts to Health

Cuts to 224 staff from the Department of Health and Human Services will lead to a decline in the quality and availability of services.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Oct 2014


Parliament House, Tasmania

Review Budget Estimates Process

The State Budget Estimates Committee hearings need to be reviewed to ensure their vital accountability role is not subverted by the government of the day.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  12 Sep 2014


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Estimates Committees Farcical

Budget Estimates Committee hearings descended into farce today when the Treasurer refused to detail where 700 identified public sector cuts will come from.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2014


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

Human Services Budget Estimates Sham

Budget Estimates scrutiny hearings have descended to a new low, with the Human Services Minister, Jacqui Petrusma, failing to provide any detail on cuts.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2014


Green Economics

Tasmanian Community Fund

The Hodgman government's plan to abolish the independent Tasmanian Community Fund Board delivers precisely zero savings to the Budget bottom line.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2014


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

State Budget Crisis Furphy

The Liberals concocted an apparent immediate budgetary crisis which they then promised to fix with populist pork-barrelling.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2014


Economy, Finance, Calculator, Pen and Graph

State Budget: Public Sector Pays

The first Hodgman Liberal state budget targets the public sector while failing to deliver any plan for long-term structural reform of the state’s finances.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  28 Aug 2014


Doctor with Patient

THO Reform

Any reduction in the current three Tasmanian health Organisations to one, must be based on good public policy and improved health outcomes.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  8 Jul 2014


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Federal Budget Impact on State

The current estimate that the state will be $2.1 billion worse off under the Abbot Federal budget.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2014