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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. 

Beresford Wins Tasmanian Book Prize

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Member for Franklin

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass

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

Greens Leader, Cassy O'Connor said Beresford's masterpiece is a cautionary tale of corruption and greed that should be compulsory reading in Tasmanian high schools.

China Deals Clear as Mud

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Liberals pontificated all through question time about their 'open for business' motto but still failed to answer questions about deals with Chinese entities or provide the MOUs that accompany them and have been signed in Tasmania's name.

Hurling insults at the Greens for asking for transparency is a standard stalling tactic, but the Tasmanian people still quite rightly expect to know what is being negotiated and signed in their name. 

Details on Entura Needed Now

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

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

Tasmanians want to know about the government's plans for Entura, a publicly owned asset. Denials of a sell-off are meaningless without all the information being placed on the table.

Groom Latest Example of Parliamentary Contempt

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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

The Minister admitted that he had the MOU between UTAS, TasTAFE and the Government in his mind when he answered the question yesterday. He stood in the Parliament knowing that he had signed an MOU and denied there was a specific proposal on the table.

There clearly was a very specific proposal on Mr Groom's ministerial table.

Government Neuters Public Sector Watchdog

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

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.

A person acting as CEO would have no mandate to continue the Commission's strong and probing work.

Only appointing an Acting CEO to the Integrity Commission will neuter the public sector watchdog.

Integrity Commission Right on Gift Policy Problems

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson 

The Greens welcome the Integrity Commission’s investigation of gift policies in the public sector.

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

The perception of non-corruptibility is just as important as the reality. We want everyone in the community, including public servants to understand the concept of conflict of interest.


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