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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


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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.

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


Green Economics

Alternative Budget 2019-20

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019


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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.

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


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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.  

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2019


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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.

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.

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Parliament House, Tasmania

State Budget: Address in Reply

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


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State Budget 2016: Treasurer Deceiving Tasmanians

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016


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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


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Treasurer Deceiving over State of the Budget Books

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


Hospital Bed

State Budget 2016: No Additional Funding for Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


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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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2016


Bushfire, Burned Forest

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

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


Green Economics

Greens Budget for Cruelty Free Tasmania

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016


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$18M Cut Hidden in Health Budget

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


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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


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State Budget 2016: Health System Gutted of Funding

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016


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State Budget 2016: Public Service Jobs at Risk Again

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


Water Reservoir

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


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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


Green Economics

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


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

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


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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


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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


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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


Air View of Houses

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


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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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