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Labor’s Donations Reform Won’t Take Dirty Money Out of Politics

It’s good to see Labor come to the party on electoral donations law reform in Tasmania. It’s a pity, however, that they stopped at the door.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Jul 2020

Community Consultation Processes

Fundamentally, it is instructive about the way this Government approaches doing business which is 'it is our way or the highway'.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jun 2020

State Parliament to Return Next Week

The Greens are pleased State Parliament will be returning next week. During this time of emergency and uncertainty, scrutiny of government is critical.

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

Return of Parliament

Mr Gutwein’s announcement that Parliament will return to more regular sittings will be welcomed by Tasmanians.

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

Gutwein Delaying Donations Reform, Scared of a Fair Fight

Tasmania has the weakest donations disclosure laws in the country. In Parliament today, the Premier showed again he has no interest in fixing them.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Mar 2020

Gutwein Must Commit to Donations Reform

Tasmanians worried about the state of our democracy would have been even more worried after listening to Premier Peter Gutwein on ABC Radio this morning.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Feb 2020

Major Parties Cash in on Secret Millions

Today’s Australian Electoral Commission annual donations returns reveal vested interests are still pouring funds in to the Liberal and Labor parties.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Feb 2020

Labor and Liberals Vote Against Question Time Clean Up

Both Labor and the Liberals voted against the Greens’ move to clean up Question Time and restrict the amount of time Ministers can waffle on.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Sep 2019

Questions on the Notice Paper

Cassy discusses unanswered questions on notice and backbencher dorothy dixers during the Adjournment.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Sep 2019

Answers to Questions

This matter relates to one of the most important functions of this House in the Westminster system and that is to scrutinise government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Aug 2019

Donations Disclosure Laws

Tasmanians still do not know how many millions the gambling industry poured into the election campaign in order to guarantee profits until 2043.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Aug 2019

Right To Information Amendment (Applications For Review) Bill 2019

We will be supporting the legislation, but it is grindingly frustrating to know that we have been here before.

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

Answers to Questions on Notice

It has long been the practice of governments to provide the answers that are asked during Estimates scrutiny during that week or by the end of that week.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Jun 2019

Coordinator-General - Right to Information Request for Release of Diary

The Coordinator-General is a public servant under the State Service Act. He is paid $446 000 to cosy up to business and trade in public assets.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 May 2019

Coordinator General Secrecy Continues

The Premier refused to commit his government to releasing information about how the highly paid Coordinator General spends his time.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 May 2019

Right to Information Report Confirms Hodgman Government's Culture of Secrecy

The latest Right to Information Annual Report highlights that this system, by the Hodgman Government’s direction, is broken.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2019

Liberals Further Reveal Allergy to Donations Reform

This is ridiculous and subversive to a rigorous review process. It is more evidence of this Liberal Government’s allergy to transparency and accountability.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2019

RTI Delays and Secrecy Routine Under Hodgman Liberals

The Hodgman Government’s shameful attachment to secrecy has been laid bare in the national media.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Jan 2019

Minister Jaensch Clutching at Straws

The waiting list for housing is not falling, fewer people are being housed and less Tasmanians assisted to go in to the private rental market.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2019

Tasmania Bottom of the Nation on Transparency

The Liberals’ undermining of Tasmania’s democracy through heel-dragging on political donations has Tasmania lagging the nation.

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

Media Guidelines for Parliament of Tasmania

The Parliament of Tasmania has issued media guidelines that prohibit journalists taking photographs of MPs who are not on their feet.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Oct 2018

Integrity

We have talked to the Premier at the Estimates table and asked him questions in here about continuing to use the loophole in the Right to Information Act.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2018

Former Liberal Party Treasurer 'Soft Corruption' Claims on Political Donations, Spot On

Statements from former Liberal Party Federal Treasurer and NSW MP, Michael Yabsley, confirm the urgent need for political donation reform in Tasmania.

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

Donations Reform 'Review' a Cop Out

The beneficiary of Tasmania's weak donations' disclosure regime, Will Hodgman, has announced a year-long review into electoral reforms.

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

Tasmanian Liberals Rake in Donations, Declare Less than a Quarter

The latest AEC disclosure returns reveal the Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations but only declared the sources for $498 000.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2018

Greens Committed to Cleaning Up Tasmania's Democracy

For too long, corporate donors wanting to protect their profits have used the money they tip in to the old parties as leverage.

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

Hodgman Must Act on Integrity Commission Recommendations, For Once

With the Hodgman Liberals in the spotlight over claims of nepotism and misconduct, the Integrity Commission’s recommendations released today are overdue.

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

Hodgman's Chickens Coming Home to Roost

In the last sitting week of Parliament under the Hodgman Liberals, all the Premier’s chickens are coming home to roost.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Nov 2017

Buck Stops with Hodgman on Conflicts of Interests in State Service

Throughout this term of government, the Liberals have shown a disregard for proper process and the avoidance of conflict of interest within their own ranks.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Nov 2017

Liberals Refuse to Back Donations Reform

In a week where the Premier has failed to be transparent about a $30 000 donation from a Chinese owned company which ASIO warned about in 2015, it is no surprise the Liberals support the status quo, where voters don't know until 12-18...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Nov 2017

TasTAFE Investigation Highlights Need for Crime of Misconduct in Public Office

The investigation into TasTAFE has highlighted the need for there to be a crime of misconduct in public office on the Tasmanian statutes.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Jul 2017

Groom's CH Smith 'Project Chase' Evasion

Minister Groom's continued obfuscation over the government's involvement in the CH Smith project raises far more questions than it answers.

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

Westpac's Return on Investment for Donations to Tasmanian Liberals?

Having scrapped the Labor Green Government's large scale, free, energy efficiency scheme for households, community groups and small business, the Liberals have instead adopted a Harvey Norman style credit scheme to be run by Westpac.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2017

Greens Welcome New Integrity Commission CEO

The Tasmanian Greens welcome the overdue appointment of a new CEO to head the State's Integrity Commission.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Apr 2017

Public Accounts Committee - Appearance of Treasurer

The Government's growing reputation for arrogance and secrecy reached a new low last week with the Treasurer effectively telling the Public Accounts Committee that he is not answerable to them.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Apr 2017

Liberals Vote Against Closing RTI Act Loophole

Despite knowing Right to Information decisions have been made by Ministers' delegates that are unable to be reviewed, the Liberals voted not to close a loophole in the Right to Information Act 2009.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2017

Liberals Treat Public's Right to Know with Contempt

Late yesterday, the Tasmanian Greens finally received the response to a Right to Information request we lodged on the 22nd of November last year.  It was almost three months behind the timeframe for the release of information under the Act...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Mar 2017

Liberals Break Right to Information Law

The Liberals have instituted a culture of secrecy and contempt for Right to Information which is infecting the entire government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Mar 2017

Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

Following Prime Minister Turnbull's encouraging comments about exploring 'more timely' political donations disclosure, Premier Hodgman should follow suit.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Feb 2017

Old Parties Refuse to Support Real Time Donations Disclosure

The Greens are disappointed both the Liberal and Labor Parties joined together, once again, to vote against donation transparency and democratic process.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2016

Secret, Closed Door Deals through Office of Coordinator General

The Tasmanian people have a right to know about major development proposals that impact on their communities and the environment.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Sep 2016

Barnett Must Leave His Prejudices at the Cabinet Door

Tasmanians may be surprised that Premier Hodgman has chosen the same person who led the witch hunt into the sale of the Triabunna woodchip mill as their new Minister for Resources, including forestry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Jul 2016

Forestry EOI Process Won't Revive Native Forest Logging

The Minister for Forests is dreaming if he believes there is a viable future in native forest woodchip or whole log exports without significant economic and environmental cost to Tasmania.

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

TT Line Confirms Secrecy Requested on North Melbourne Deal

In Budget Estimates today, the Premier confirmed that it was the TT Line which requested that details of its sponsorship deal with the North Melbourne Football Club be kept secret.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2016

Right to Information Amendment Bill Tabled

The Greens are moving to address an apparent loophole in the Right to Information Act 2009 which allows a Minister to delegate decision making powers to staff, whose decisions are then not able to be reviewed either internally or by the...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 May 2016

Not Enough Transparency over New Minister's Business Interests

The new Minister for Mining, Adam Brooks is already in an awkward position in relation to his current business interests.

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

Transparency on Education Secretary's Appointment Crucial

The government needs to be completely open about the appointment of the new Secretary of the Department of Education.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  23 Dec 2015

Beresford Wins Tasmanian Book Prize

The Tasmanian Greens MPs enthusiastically congratulate Quentin Beresford on winning the Tasmania Book Prize with his  book, The Rise and Fall of Gunns Limited.

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

China Deals Clear as Mud

The Liberals pontificated all through question time about their 'open for business' motto but still failed to answer questions about deals with Chinese entities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2015

Details on Entura Needed Now

The government needs to release the Memorandum of Understanding detailing the relationship between HydroChina, owned by the Chinese government, and Entura.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Nov 2015

Groom Latest Example of Parliamentary Contempt

Minister Groom is the latest offender in the Liberal's contempt for transparent governance and ministerial accountability.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Oct 2015

Government Neuters Public Sector Watchdog

The government is actively undermining the Integrity Commission. They've cut their funding and failed to act on any of the recommendations from the three year review, and now they're only appointing an Acting CEO.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Oct 2015

Integrity Commission Right on Gift Policy Problems

It is standard practice in public and private agencies throughout Australia to reject gifts, or gifts over a certain value.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2015

Premier's Claim of Transparent Government in Tatters

There are currently 29 appeals against Right to Information decisions awaiting decisions from the Ombudsman, with one appeal that has been with the Ombudsman for over 12 months.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2015

Developments in Parks Secrecy

The government’s secret process to encourage development of Tasmania’s wilderness continues.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2015

Hodgman Ducks Scrutiny

Premier Hodgman will soon be the first Tasmanian Premier for at least 18 years to fail to front the Budget Estimates Committee on day one.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2014

Hodgman Regime Attacks Workers' Rights

The Hodgman regime has tried to restrict the rights of nurses and midwives to better understand the impact of the public sector wage freeze.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Aug 2014

Arrogant Hodgman Regime

The Hodgman government’s first parliamentary sitting session has seen accountability and transparency plummet to a historic low.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  27 Jun 2014