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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Nov 2019

Alternative Budget 2019-20

Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget for the financial year 2019-20.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019

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

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

Budget Reply Speech

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 May 2019

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

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

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

Liberals' Climate Denial Budget

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2019

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

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2019

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

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

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

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

Liberals Mislead Tasmanians over TEELS Scheme

In Budget Estimates today, 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

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

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 and invest in their capacity, to protect our environmental assets and stimulate the economy through...

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

Real Cost of Living Relief in Greens' Alternative Budget

The Tasmanian Greens will continue the roll out of free energy efficiency upgrades to low income households and small businesses, delivering lasting cost of living relief to Tasmanians.

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

A State Budget Bloated with Pork

After three years of cuts and neglecting community services, the fourth Hodgman Budget focuses on extinguishing spot fires of community concern and scatters money around like confetti in the lead up to the election.

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

State Budget Response

The Hodgman Liberals have delivered an unsurprising pre-election Budget. Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage caused in health and education...

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

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2017

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 May 2017

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

The Greens’ Alternative Budget is a statement of values.  It restores frontline funding to education and rightly includes the state Government's share of responsibility for crumbling sewerage and water infrastructure - two important issues...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 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

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

State Budget 2016: Treasurer Deceiving Tasmanians

In the Leader of the Greens question to you, you refused to admit that you are trying to deceive Tasmanians, particularly the business community into believing you have delivered a surplus when in fact you have not.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016

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

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

State Budget 2016: No Additional Funding for Health

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

We have just experienced devastating bushfires that burned an estimated 21 000 hectares of the TWWHA, yet the 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

Greens Deliver for Northern Tasmania

Budgets are about values and priorities. 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

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

At a time when Tasmanians should be celebrating this year’s centenary of Tasmania’s world class national parks and reserves, they are instead learning the details of the Liberal Government’s neglect and underfunding of the Parks and...

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

Greens Budget for Cruelty Free Tasmania

The Greens Alternative Budget recognises animals as sentient beings who deserve our care and respect. We also recognise the economic value of humane treatment of animals.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

$18M Cut Hidden in Health Budget

Tasmanian hospitals will receive an $18.5M cut in 2016/17. Health Minister Michael Ferguson's only response was to accuse the Greens of lying when he was confronted with this in Parliament today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

The Greens believe governments should have a vision for the future that extends beyond the next election.   We recognise that genuine planning for the 21st century requires a long term vision and the courage to make bold decisions to drive...

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

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

State Budget 2016: Health System Gutted of Funding

In the policy and parameter statements in budget paper 1 for this year, 2015-16, there is a policy item for Tasmanian Health Service additional funding of $10 million.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Public Service Jobs at Risk Again

After Deloitte last week proposed more public sector job cuts to meet your own Budget targets, the Treasurer effectively ruled it out while stressing there is a 2 per cent state wages policy to contain wages growth.

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

State Budget 2016: Surplus at the Cost of Launceston's Water and Sewerage

As indicated in the 2016/17 State Budget, significant investment is required to upgrade Tasmania’s crumbling water and sewerage infrastructure.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Ferguson Pushing Health System to Brink of Collapse

Despite the back-on-track rhetoric, the Minister for Health has attempted to hide the details of his ongoing evisceration of Tasmania’s public hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 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

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

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. We should not have to hear another traumatic story before it's fixed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2016

Health Reform Direction Sound but Where are the Dollars?

The Health Minister is to be commended for the content and direction of his health reform White Paper, but if he thinks it can be delivered without significantly increased funding, he's dreaming.

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

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

Slow Progress on Resetting Relationship with Aboriginal Tasmanians

The Premier's no doubt sincere commitment to 'reset the relationship' with Aboriginal Tasmanians by 30 June this year - according to the Liberals' March 2015 update - is off to an uninspiring and noncommittal start.

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

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

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 in Tasmania.

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

Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Services

Despite the Budget's extra allocation of $2.4 million over four years, mental health services for young Tasmanians remain the most poorly resourced in the country.

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

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

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

Heartless State Budget

The 2015/16 Liberal State Budget once more holds little for Tasmanians in need.

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

Housing Waiting Lists and Energy Efficiency

Housing Tasmania’s waiting lists were at their lowest level in a decade under the previous Labor-Green Government.

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

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

Small Business - Electricity Prices

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

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2015

Greens Alternative Budget Statement

The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget Statement demonstrates it is possible to deliver strong economic and jobs outcomes while investing extra into health, education, small business, housing and environmental protection.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2015

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

Preliminary State Budget Response

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

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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