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Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

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

Donations' reform is fundamental to democracy, so voters can be fully informed about who gave how much, to which party, before an election.  It is about being open and transparent with the people you seek to represent.

Old Parties Refuse to Support Real Time Donations Disclosure

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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

Both the Liberal and Labor parties have voted to keep Tasmanians in the dark on donations.

As it currently stands, voters have to wait up to 18 months after an election to find out which corporate interests have donated to which political party.

The old parties seem to have a problem with openness when it comes to who is buying their favour.

Secret, Closed Door Deals through Office of Coordinator General

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Tasmanian people have a right to know about major development proposals that impact on their communities and the environment, yet the Liberals' secretive enabling processes for developers are shutting people out and bypassing good planning practice.

A proposed major development on the Swansea foreshore is now with the Office of the Coordinator General.  Like every one of the Expressions of Interest bids for development in protected areas, this information is deemed 'confidential'.

Barnett Must Leave His Prejudices at the Cabinet Door

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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.

Mr Barnett has also spoken out against the Safe Schools program and his Parliamentary pronouncements point to a problem with LGBTI people.

The Greens wish Mr Barnett well in his new Cabinet position, but urge him to leave his prejudices at the door.

Forestry EOI Process Won't Revive Native Forest Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

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.

His announcement today of vague details about the EOI process raises more questions than it answers.  The lengthy delays and ongoing secrecy points to an exercise in futility.

TT Line Confirms Secrecy Requested on North Melbourne Deal

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Sports spokesperson

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.

Despite the fact that TT Line is a wholly owned entity of the Tasmanian people it is refusing to reveal how much the sponsorship deal is costing.

The Commercial in Confidence argument put by TT Line just doesn't stack up. 

Where is the competition for TT Line's business on Bass Strait? 

Political Interference in Right to Information

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Premier today confirmed he is fully aware of a loophole in Right to Information laws but made it clear he would continue to allow his Ministers to use this flaw in the Act which denies applicants the right of review.

There is a persistent problem during this term of government, with Ministers avoiding being caught by the laws by delegating decision making to their staff.

Right to Information Amendment Bill Tabled

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

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 Ombudsman.

This loophole has come to light as a result of the increasing tendency of Ministers to delegate authority to ministerial office staff, who invariably make determinations in the Minister’s favour which then cannot be reviewed.

Not Enough Transparency over New Minister's Business Interests

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The new Minister for Mining, Adam Brooks is already in an awkward position in relation to his current business interests.  Mr Brooks’ company provides maintenance services to mining companies here, interstate and overseas.

Mr Brooks’ potential conflicts of interest have not been made clear to Tasmanians and nor has the process to divest them. We have only the Premier’s assurance that it would be dealt with appropriately.

Transparency on Education Secretary's Appointment Crucial

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokesperson

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

The new Secretary is the currently the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education's Head of Office. Unless the government is transparent about the selection, there is a great risk it will be viewed as a purely political appointment. 

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