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Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble a Winner

Now is the time to speed up negotiations on a Trans-Tasman travel bubble between Hobart and New Zealand.

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

Premier Must Listen to Health Advice Over Industry Lobbyists

The Premier is right to be concerned about a second wave of coronavirus disease.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  19 May 2020

No Case for Taxpayers to Bail Out Tourism Businesses

The Tourism Industry Council wants taxpayers to compensate private tourism businesses hit by the downturn as a result of the coronavirus.

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

EOI Process in National Parks and Reserves

Cassy O'Connor speaks against the Liberals' motion to support the Liberals' EOI Process for tourism developments in Parks and Reserves.

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

Premier Backs In New Coal Projects for Tasmania

Tasmania’s future is clearly not in coal mining, but you wouldn’t know that from the Premier’s contribution in Question Time today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Oct 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

Tasmania Report Confirms Need to Tackle Housing and Levy Visitors

The TCCI’s Tasmania Report confirms the need to capitalise on the State’s visitor boom to pay for the disadvantage it helps to create.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Dec 2018

Record National Parks Visitors Reinforce Need to Protect Wilderness Values

While being able to share our protected areas with visitors is a positive, the Liberals’ ever increasing growth model puts them at risk. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Sep 2018

Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry

A damning analysis of the Regional Forest Agreement in today’s The Guardian newspaper is an indictment on both State and Federal Governments.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Mar 2018

Community-owned Tourism Plan Required for Bruny Islanders

Premier Will Hodgman needs to work with Bruny Islanders to develop a tourism plan that retains the beauty of the environment, protects people's lifestyle, and identifies the carrying capacity for island tourism.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Nov 2017

Greens Table Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill

I was proud to table the Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017 in Parliament today on behalf of the Greens. If supported, this Bill would provide real closure for Northern Tasmanians.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Sep 2017

Barnett Gets Hysterical Again

As the State election draws closer Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, is becoming more and more desperate and hysterical.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Aug 2017

Scott Jordan Announced as Greens' Lead Candidate for Braddon

As Greens Leader, I am today delighted to launch Tarkine defender, Burnie local and community volunteer, Scott Jordan, as the Tasmanian Greens' lead candidate for Braddon.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jun 2017

Tasmanian Brand at Risk if Salmon Farming Continues Unchecked

The Liberals’ refusal to properly regulate the salmon farming industry, and their approval of Tassal’s East Coast expansion at Okehampton Bay, is directly threatening the Tasmanian Brand.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jun 2017

Fragrance Group Skyscrapers On the Nose

The Fragrance Group's aggressive and obtrusive plans for Hobart have been dealt a near fatal blow.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2017

Environment and Parks Last in State Budget

The State Budget, like the Liberals’ previous Budgets, has an obvious loser - our environment and Parks.  With the exception of some extra Federal funds, it provides no additional State money.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2017

No Funds for Launceston Stormwater and Sewerage in Federal Budget

The Federal Budget included significant infrastructure funding, with billions of dollars committed for works around the country - but not Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 May 2017

Greens Launch Candidate for Lyons

The Tasmanian Greens are delighted to announce that Fraser Brindley will be the Greens’ lead candidate for the key seat of Lyons in the upcoming State election.

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

Tarkine Forestry Regeneration Burn

Yesterday at 3.20 p.m. a forestry regeneration burn in the Tarkine escaped coupe TE008P on two points on its eastern boundary and moved into adjacent high conservation value forest, still protected in the Tasmanian Reserve Estate.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Apr 2017

Forestry Bill - Potential Logging at Derby

The growth in Derby visitation has increased by 250 per cent in the past two years.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Mar 2017

Forestry Bill - Threat to Tourism

The draft legislation to allow logging in 356 000 hectares of high conservation value carbon-rich forest is a threat to Tasmania's growing visitor economy and its brand.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Mar 2017

Hodgman Government's Environmental Record

An increasing number of Tasmanians believe the Government has declared war on the environment and Tasmanians are determined to protect it.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Mar 2017

Liberals' Derby Hypocrisy

The Greens are strong supporters of the World Enduro Series, and the thriving mountain bike industry in and around Derby, set up with grants from the now-torn up Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2017

Premier Misleads Tasmanians over Crown Land Giveaways

On radio this morning, the Premier misled Tasmanians over what is becoming a private developer feeding frenzy over public Crown Land assets.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2017

Tasmania's Brand at Risk from Liberal Inaction on Water

The Liberals' daily self-congratulation on water and sewerage is disingenuous.  After three years of neglect and dodging questions, they're now pumping out daily media statements on how critical sewerage infrastructure is, and...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2017

Gagged Liberals' Forest Bill a Recipe for Corruption

In a clear signal they are afraid of Parliamentary scrutiny, the Liberals' gagged debate on their destructive and divisive high conservation value forest logging legislation in the early hours of this morning.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2017

Liberals' Forest Farce

Legislation to allow logging in some of the most high conservation value, carbon rich forests on the planet was tabled in State Parliament today. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Mar 2017

Real Jobs for The East Coast - Cruise Ships not Fish Farms

Over the past summer the Greens understand eight cruise ships pulled up at Wineglass Bay, in a national park, yet not a single dollar flowed to the local economy as a result.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2017

Premier Must Consider East Coast Cruise Ship Proposal

If the Liberals are serious about ensuring long term economic opportunities for the East Coast, they will consider the Greens' proposal to begin consultation with the local community towards bringing cruise ship visitors into the deepwater...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Mar 2017

Fish Farms and Forests - State Election Will be a Referendum on the Environment

As Labor cheers the Liberals on from the opposition benches, only the Greens will be there to stand up for Tasmania's environment and stand with communities determined to protect it.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Feb 2017

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

Tassal CEO, Mark Ryan, yesterday publicly told Tasmanians that Tassal's operations in Macquarie Harbour had polluted the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2017

Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging

Forestry Tasmania’s own High Conservation Value forest maps identify the Tarkine as one of the richest high conservation value locations in the State.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2017

Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment

Today's news that Forestry roading in the Trowutta Blackwood forests directly threatens nesting habitat for the Wedge-tailed eagle is alarming.   All practices must be stopped immediately and a full investigation undertaken.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2017

Tarkine Tourism Future for NW, not Forest and Heritage Destruction

Environmentalists and members of the Aboriginal community gathered in the North West today to call for takayna/the Tarkine to be protected from destruction.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2017

Airbnb Changes Welcome

The Greens welcome the government's policy on the sharing economy, announced today. Modern governments must keep up with developing industries, so local economies don't suffer.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  3 Feb 2017

Where is Groom's Climate Change [in]Action Plan?

After three years in government, following devastating climate-related bushfires and floods, the State Liberals are yet to produce a climate plan to prepare Tasmania and its people for a warmer future in a carbon constrained world.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Jan 2017

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting Investment

The Greens welcome Dr Tony Press’ Report into last January’s fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Dec 2016

Liberals Prioritise Presentation over Preservation in the TWWHA

In their recommendations earlier this year, the World Heritage Committee expressly requested State and Federal governments protect the unique wilderness value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Dec 2016

Forestry Politics on Show for Hobart Visitors

Today's government announcement TasPorts will be entering into a partnership to facilitate log and woodchip exports out of Macquarie Wharf, with taxpayer money, demonstrates this government's warped priorities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2016

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Logging in Wielangta Tourist Drive

The Hodgman Government's plans to extend the Great Eastern Drive by upgrading Wielangta Road are threatened by their own political agenda.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

Warped Liberal Priorities Put Tourism at Risk

Parks Minister, Matthew Groom’s Parks 21 progress report today comes on the heels of yesterday's Auditor General's report into Parks and Wildlife funding.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

Liberals' Blind Forestry Agenda Threatens Wielangta Tourist Drive

The government's plan to upgrade the Wielangta Forest Drive and extend the Great Eastern Drive offers real tourism potential for the East Coast.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2016

Liberals Can't Have it Both Ways on Wielangta

The Tasmanian Greens look forward to the Liberals ruling out logging in the Wielangta forest as they have with the Tasman forests near the Three Capes Walk.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Nov 2016

Welcome Back Down on Airbnb

The Premier’s backflip on the length of stays Airbnb hosts are able to offer is welcome news to the many operators and visitors to Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  26 Sep 2016

Rockliff Says He Will Lobby Federal Counterparts on Backpacker Tax

Your Canberra colleagues' backpacker tax policy, and the uncertainty around it, is having a profound effect on an already strained sector.  Droughts, floods, falling product prices, and now employment instability for crop harvest, have...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

East Coast Development Risk to Marine Environment

Tourism Tasmania and Australia Tourism have pushed for Tasmania in 2017 to focus on “Coastal & Aquatic”, with a particular focus on the East Coast.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

Moratorium Required on Expansion of Marine Farming

Tassal stated in a recent media statement that they intend to go full-steam ahead with their salmon farming expansion into Okehampton Bay without waiting for the outcome of the Government’s review of the 20 year old lease approval.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Sep 2016

State Liberals Powerless on Backpacker Tax

The Primary Industries Minister's comments about intervention on the poorly handled backpacker tax highlights the powerless position this government is in.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2016

Log Trucks Full of Native Forest Products Ruining Hobart's Amenity

The Liberals have made a decision to allow 180 000 cubic metres of native forest timber products to be shipped through the port of Hobart at Macquarie Point each year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2016

Call for Government to Invest in Skilled Workers and VET

Calls on the Liberal Government to heed the warnings of the hospitality, tourism and education sectors and ensure that Tasmania’s public VET system is adequately funded and supported, and to think outside the box in an effort to maintain a...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2016

Hodgman Liberals Living Up to Lonely Planet's Warning

Last year, the travellers' bible, Lonely Planet, warned international travellers to visit Tasmania's wild places 'before compromises are made.'

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Sep 2016

Greens Release Sensible Guide for Tourism in Protected Areas

In the absence of any clear criteria for the management of tourism in Tasmania's protected areas, the Tasmanian Greens today released a guide to sustainable tourism that ensures wilderness and cultural heritage protection are prioritised.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2016

Marine Farming Planning Review Needs Amended Terms of Reference

The Liberal Government fully supports the salmon industries’ plan to aggressively double the size of their industry by 2030.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2016

Gutwein Must Heed Airbnb Pleas

The Tasmanian Planning Commission has heard from Airbnb, who were in Hobart today to plead the case of Tasmanian accommodation operators.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  26 Jul 2016

Immediate Action Needed on Scamander Water

Safe drinking water is something people in developed countries should never have to question. The permanent 'boil water' alert for Scamander should prompt immediate action from the State Government.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Jul 2016

Mountain Bike Tourism Needs Wilderness Protection

The government's support of mountain bike tourism is wonderful. We're hopeful they're finally getting the message that Tasmania's economic future doesn't lie in outdated and unviable industries, but in the modern tourist market.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Jul 2016

World Heritage Committee Request Must be Heard

The Greens welcome the World Heritage Committee's request to implement the recommendations of their expert mission.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Jul 2016

Eden Project Unique Opportunity for Tasmania

In questioning from the Greens during Budget Estimates today, Minister Groom confirmed the world renowned Eden Project has expressed interest in establishing its first Southern Hemisphere base in Hobart at Macquarie Point.

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

Government Must Provide More Time for Consultation on State Planning Provisions

The Draft State Planning Provisions (SPPs) fail to prioritise the interests of the community, and protection of the environment, ahead of development interests.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

EOI Process Lets Down Freycinet and RACT

Calls on the Government to work with RACT to find a more suitable location to expand its business using a model that is self-sufficient and not reliant on tax payer subsidy and a further intrusion into the Freycinet National Park.

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

Chilean Algal Blooms Further Evidence of Harms of Fish Farming

Call on the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP to instruct the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment to conduct an independent assessment of the impacts of the proposed Okehampton Bay...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2016

Sustainable Tourism Way Forward for Tassie

The Greens welcome the visitors that are coming to our shores, but warn the government to protect our wild places and regional communities from ruin.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: No Money for Infrastructure to Support Tourism Growth

After years of industry leg work, Tasmania is finally seeing a tourism boom, attaining the biggest growth in international visitors and expenditure of any other State or territory.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

Massive Opposition to Fish Farm Expansion on East Coast

People in Orford are rightly outraged at the lack of communication and complete lack of respect for the community to not have an open and transparent conversation about it.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Apr 2016

Forestry Tasmania Alter FPP for Derby Coupe After Tourism Outrage

Calls on Minister for Forestry, Hon Peter Gutwein MP, to continue close monitoring of the logging operations in the North East, particularly in the now World class tourist destinations such as Derby and to ensure that old and economically...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Apr 2016

Police Escort for Forestry Over The Top

The parade of heavy machinery through Scottsdale yesterday with police escort enforces the over the top tactics entrenched in Tasmania’s forestry practises and shows just how far Forestry Tasmania is from understanding the FSC process.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Apr 2016

Corruption of Process Hallmark of World Heritage Management under Liberals

The protection of Tasmania's globally unique wilderness assets is taking a distant second place to the desires of a selected handful of developers under the Liberal Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2016

Gutwein Should Use Derby Logging Delay to Consult Constituents

Forestry Tasmania has advised that logging of the outer part of contentious coupe CC104B at Derby will be delayed to February 2017.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Apr 2016

Tourism on Bruny Island Threatens Environment and Serenity if Council and Government Don't Act

Many Bruny Island residents are concerned about the dramatic increase in tourism numbers and the impact of this on the local community and environment.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Apr 2016

East Coast Salmon Farm Expansion Concern

The fin-fish farming expansion by Tassal into the east coast marine environment has caused enormous community concern.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Apr 2016

Urgent Bruny Waste Problem Dismissed By Premier

Premier Hodgman refused to promise action on the waste problem on Bruny Island before the Easter tourist rush, despite a letter from residents three weeks ago pleading him to respond. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Mar 2016

Three Capes Exclusive Monopoly

The Three Capes Walk is the first exclusive playground for the rich, in our Parks. Not only are individuals being charged the hefty fee of $500 to walk the track, but established eco-tourism operators are being excluded.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Dec 2015

Liberal Greenwash Won't Fool Lonely Planet

As Greens Leader, I have today co-signed a letter with Greens Senator Nick McKim to Lonely Planet, in response to their travel advisory yesterday warning that Tasmania’s wilderness is under threat.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Nov 2015

Government Needs to act on Tourism Skills Shortage

The government needs to face up to the skills shortages in construction and hospitality and implement a coordinated approach through State Growth and Education.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Nov 2015

Lonely Planet Hits Out at Hodgman Government

Travel Bible Lonely Planet has advised travellers to get in quick or miss out on Tasmania's pristine wilderness, "before compromises are made".

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Nov 2015

Triabunna Wharf Sale

The sale of TasPorts' Triabunna wharf to a local, marine based business is final proof that Triabunna’s future is in tourism and marine-based industries.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Oct 2015

Questions to Answer over AFL Sponsorship Deal

The Premier needs to explain to Tasmanians whether he sought advice from the tourism industry on the best brand marketing spend to promote Tasmania.

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

Tourism Industry Wilderness Support Welcome

The Greens welcome many aspects of the TICT’s submission, in particular its opposition to logging and mining.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2015

Tasmanian Parks & Reserves

The agreement between the tourism industry and the Parks Service is a dangerous shift in the way Tasmania's World Heritage Area and National Parks are managed.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  7 Dec 2014

Threat to National Parks

History has shown that the Greens were right to champion our protected areas as a key foundation for the tourism sector.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2014