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No Case for Taxpayers to Bail Out Tourism Businesses

Media Release - 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 - 17 Feb 2020

Liberal Motion - EOI Process in National Parks and Reserves

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 30 Oct 2019

Premier Backs In New Coal Projects for Tasmania

Media Release - 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 - 15 Oct 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - State Budget

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I am pleased to talk about the state budget because, arguably, there has never been a state budget that will be more important than the one that we have before us. The next three years, the next 10...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 May 2019

Tasmania Report Confirms Need to Tackle Housing and Levy Visitors

Media Release - 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 - 3 Dec 2018

Record National Parks Visitors Reinforce Need to Protect Wilderness Values

Media Release - Record visitor numbers in Tasmania’s National Parks in the past financial year reinforces the need to better manage and preserve our protected areas, rather than opening them up to ever increasing visitor numbers and increased commercial...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Sep 2018

Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry

Media Release - 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 - 29 Mar 2018

Community-owned Tourism Plan Required for Bruny Islanders

Media Release - 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 - 11 Nov 2017

Greens Table Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill

Media Release - 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 - 13 Sep 2017

Barnett Gets Hysterical Again

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Aug 2017

Scott Jordan Announced as Greens' Lead Candidate for Braddon

Media Release - 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 - 27 Jun 2017

Tasmanian Brand at Risk if Salmon Farming Continues Unchecked

Media Release - 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 - 26 Jun 2017

Fragrance Group Skyscrapers On the Nose

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 May 2017

Environment and Parks Last in State Budget

Media Release - 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 - 26 May 2017

No Funds for Launceston Stormwater and Sewerage in Federal Budget

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

Andrea Dawkins - 10 May 2017

Greens Launch Candidate for Lyons

Media Release - 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 - 30 Apr 2017

Tarkine Forestry Regeneration Burn

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 5 Apr 2017

Forestry Bill - Potential Logging at Derby

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

Andrea Dawkins - 14 Mar 2017

Forestry Bill - Threat to Tourism

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Mar 2017

Hodgman Government's Environmental Record

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN[10.22 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Mar 2017

Liberals' Derby Hypocrisy

Media Release - 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 - 31 Mar 2017

Premier Misleads Tasmanians over Crown Land Giveaways

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

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Mar 2017

Tasmania's Brand at Risk from Liberal Inaction on Water

Media Release - 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 - 23 Mar 2017

Gagged Liberals' Forest Bill a Recipe for Corruption

Media Release - 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 - 17 Mar 2017

Liberals' Forest Farce

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokespersonLegislation 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 - 14 Mar 2017

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

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Mar 2017

Premier Must Consider East Coast Cruise Ship Proposal

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader 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...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Mar 2017

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

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' LeaderWith fish farming approved in East Coast waters despite the threat of environmental harm and community opposition, and loggers to be unleashed on High Conservation Value forests, the Liberals are making...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Feb 2017

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

Media Release - 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 - 18 Feb 2017

Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging

Media Release - 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 - 11 Feb 2017

Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Tourism spokespersonToday'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...

- 10 Feb 2017

Tarkine Tourism Future for NW, not Forest and Heritage Destruction

Media Release - 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 - 5 Feb 2017

Airbnb Changes Welcome

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Tourism spokespersonThe 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.

- 3 Feb 2017

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

Media Release - 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 - 13 Jan 2017

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting Investment

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

Andrea Dawkins - 20 Dec 2016

Liberals Prioritise Presentation over Preservation in the TWWHA

Media Release - 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 - 10 Dec 2016

Forestry Politics on Show for Hobart Visitors

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokespersonToday'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...

- 9 Dec 2016

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Logging in Wielangta Tourist Drive

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

Andrea Dawkins - 16 Nov 2016

Warped Liberal Priorities Put Tourism at Risk

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Tourism spokespersonParks 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.  The Auditor General articulated a...

- 16 Nov 2016

Liberals' Blind Forestry Agenda Threatens Wielangta Tourist Drive

Media Release - 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 - 15 Nov 2016

Liberals Can't Have it Both Ways on Wielangta

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonThe 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.We welcome the upgrading...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Nov 2016

Welcome Back Down on Airbnb

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism and Innovation spokespersonThe 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.The 42 day limit, which has now been...

- 26 Sep 2016

Rockliff Says He Will Lobby Federal Counterparts on Backpacker Tax

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 22 Sep 2016

East Coast Development Risk to Marine Environment

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that Tourism Tasmania and Australia Tourism’s major push for Tasmania in 2017 is the focus of “Coastal & Aquatic”, with a particular focus on the East Coast.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Sep 2016

Moratorium Required on Expansion of Marine Farming

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 21 September 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the recent media statement by Tassal that they intend to go full-steam ahead with their salmon farming expansion into Okehampton Bay without waiting...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Sep 2016

State Liberals Powerless on Backpacker Tax

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

Andrea Dawkins - 22 Sep 2016

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

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 20 September 2016Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Recognises 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...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Sep 2016

Call for Government to Invest in Skilled Workers and VET

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 15 Sep 2016

Hodgman Liberals Living Up to Lonely Planet's Warning

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonLast year, the travellers' bible, Lonely Planet, warned international travellers to visit Tasmania's wild places 'before compromises are made.'

- 19 Sep 2016

Greens Release Sensible Guide for Tourism in Protected Areas

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonAndrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokesperson Cassy O'Connor MP:

- 11 Sep 2016

Marine Farming Planning Review Needs Amended Terms of Reference

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 16 August 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Aug 2016

Gutwein Must Heed Airbnb Pleas

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

Andrea Dawkins - 26 Jul 2016

Immediate Action Needed on Scamander Water

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism and Water spokespersonSafe 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...

- 18 Jul 2016

Mountain Bike Tourism Needs Wilderness Protection

Media Release - 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 - 15 Jul 2016

World Heritage Committee Request Must be Heard

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Jul 2016

Eden Project Unique Opportunity for Tasmania

Media Release - 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 - 8 Jun 2016

Government Must Provide More Time for Consultation on State Planning Provisions

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that 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 - 31 May 2016

EOI Process Lets Down Freycinet and RACT

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 31 May 2016

Chilean Algal Blooms Further Evidence of Harms of Fish Farming

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 26 May 2016

Sustainable Tourism Way Forward for Tassie

Media Release - 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 - 12 May 2016

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

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 5 May 2016

Massive Opposition to Fish Farm Expansion on East Coast

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise to draw the attention of the House to a very strong and vocal community meeting that occurred in Orford on the east coast about a week ago.  Forty eight local residents, shackowners, local...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Apr 2016

Forestry Tasmania Alter FPP for Derby Coupe After Tourism Outrage

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 27 Apr 2016

Police Escort for Forestry Over The Top

Media Release - 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 - 20 Apr 2016

Corruption of Process Hallmark of World Heritage Management under Liberals

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe 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.

- 17 Apr 2016

Gutwein Should Use Derby Logging Delay to Consult Constituents

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for BassForestry Tasmania has advised that logging of the outer part of contentious coupe CC104B at Derby will be delayed to February 2017.*If nothing else, this is acknowledgement that the community were...

- 13 Apr 2016

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

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff On tomorrow to move—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Apr 2016

East Coast Salmon Farm Expansion Concern

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff On tomorrow to move—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Apr 2016

Urgent Bruny Waste Problem Dismissed By Premier

Media Release - 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 - 16 Mar 2016

Three Capes Exclusive Monopoly

Media Release - 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 - 21 Dec 2015

Liberal Greenwash Won't Fool Lonely Planet

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonAs 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...

- 6 Nov 2015

Government Needs to act on Tourism Skills Shortage

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokespersonThe government needs to face up to the skills shortages in construction and hospitality and implement a coordinated approach through State Growth and Education.We have so many untrained and...

- 5 Nov 2015

Lonely Planet Hits Out at Hodgman Government

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe Hodgman Government is damaging Tasmania's wilderness tourism brand internationally.*Travel Bible Lonely Planet has advised travellers to get in quick or miss out on Tasmania's...

- 5 Nov 2015

Triabunna Wharf Sale

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe 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, not native forest woodchip exports.

- 2 Oct 2015