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Land Tax Amendment Bill 2020

This amendment bill gives the Commissioner for State Revenue significant discretion in assessing applications for land tax relief.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020

Aggressive Infrastructure Spend Needs to Focus on Housing Led Recovery

The Greens urge the Premier to ensure increasing the supply of quality social and affordable housing is front and centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 May 2020

Large Net Debt Inevitable in Pandemic

News of Tasmania’s net debt likely to reach $2 billion within a year is unsurprising.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2020

COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package

The Greens acknowledge the enormous uncertainty and fear within in the community about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Mar 2020

Cognate debate on COVID-19 financial bills

On the way to work this morning we drove past the Centrelink offices in Hobart and the queue was stretching all the way down Barrack Street.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Mar 2020

Net Debt

Any state budget is a statement of values. It tells us everything we need to know about what the government of the day values.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 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

Section 19 of the Public Account Act 1986 - June Quarter 2018

These section 19 June quarter returns that come before us are an example of how clever this Treasurer is at hiding movement between agencies.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Oct 2018

Section 19 of the Public Account Act 1986 - June Quarter 2018

There is a significant budget impact here. On page 3 of the section 19 return in column 3, subsection 11(22), we have a total sum of a bit over $ 21 million.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Oct 2018

Hodgman Must Come to the Table on Public Sector Pay

The Liberals have nobody but themselves to blame for the industrial unrest set to grip the State.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Oct 2018

Distribution of the GST

State Treasurers will meet in October 2018 to decide whether to support changes to the distribution of the GST.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2018


The Treasurer revealed to the House what inspired his conduct over the four years between 2010 to 2014.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jul 2018

Greens Stand with Liberals and Labor on GST

The Productivity Commission draft report into Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation proposes changes that would significantly and unacceptably disadvantage Tasmania.

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

2017/18 Budget: No answers, No substance

The Treasurer’s responses in Budget Estimates today were basically limited to pleas to just trust him.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2017

No Answer from Treasurer on Cost to Tasmanians for Credit Rating Downgrade

Tascorp chairman Don Challen last year told GBE estimates that maintaining the state's strong credit rating is a number one concern, and that even a minor downgrading of our credit rating could have a significant impact on investment.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Aug 2016

NAB Report Makes Sobering Reading

The latest NAB State Update for Tasmania makes sobering reading.  It's a grim reality check for the Hodgman Government, which may explain the Treasurer’s silence on its release.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jul 2016

State Budget 2016: Treasurer Washes Hands of Launceston Water and Sewerage

Launceston's crumbling water and sewerage infrastructure has not been allocated funds in this year's Budget. 

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: Treasurer Deceiving Tasmanians

In the Leader of the Greens question to you, you refused to admit that you are trying to deceive Tasmanians, particularly the business community into believing you have delivered a surplus when in fact you have not.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: Treasurer's Fake Surplus

By both the Auditor-General's and Treasury's best measure the state will be in deficit by $94.2 million - not back in the black but in the red.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2016

Treasurer Deceiving over State of the Budget Books

Treasurer Gutwein’s alleged and much lauded surplus is a sham, according to the balance measure preferred by the Auditor General and the Treasurer’s own agency. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Phase Out Poker Machines

Poker machines leech funds from Tasmanian communities that can afford it the least and have caused profound harm to individuals, families and the children of poker machine addicts.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

The Greens believe governments should have a vision for the future that extends beyond the next election.   We recognise that genuine planning for the 21st century requires a long term vision and the courage to make bold decisions to drive...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Public Service Jobs at Risk Again

After Deloitte last week proposed more public sector job cuts to meet your own Budget targets, the Treasurer effectively ruled it out while stressing there is a 2 per cent state wages policy to contain wages growth.

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

State Budget 2016: Dishonest Liberal Government Budget Lacks Vision and Courage

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget lacks courage and a vision for the future.

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

Ignoring Launceston's Infrastructure Stinks

Launceston’s aging infrastructure has been abandoned by another Treasurer. Bass' own Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, has ignored Launceston in the State Budget.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2016

Farrell Family to Benefit from Liberal Pork Barreling

With the Federal Liberals splashing public money on unapproved private developments in Tasmania's reserves, questions need to be answered about an apparent perversion of process and their priorities.

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

Federal Budget 2016: Premier Says Eslake, TasCOSS, Anglicare Are Wrong

Economist Saul Eslake agrees that Tuesday's budget contains little for Tasmania, and the Tasmanian Council of Social Services and Anglicare have given the federal budget a big thumbs down.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

Premier's Failure in Canberra Sees Tasmania Left Off the Budget Map

There was nothing in the Federal Budget for Tasmania's education system, no extra funding for years 5 and 6 of Gonski.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

Treasurer Won't Accept Responsibility for No Dividend Return by Hydro

The Treasurer has told Parliament that Hydro Tasmania will not be expected to return a dividend to government for the next three years.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Apr 2016

Treasurer Must Take Some Responsibility for Hydro Woes

The Treasurer can try to blame previous governments for the parlous situation Hydro Tasmania is in, but the fact is that on his watch and under his dividend policy, the gas which should have been used to fire up Tamar Valley to protect...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2016

Treasurer Wants Tasmanians to Believe He's a Magician

The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, is being dishonest with Tasmanians about the State's budget outlook.  Either that, or he genuinely believes he is a magician.

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

CommSec Report Demonstrates Need to Look Past China

The latest CommSec quarterly State of the States' report is a timely reminder that it will take a lot more than empty 'open for business' rhetoric to build resilience and sustainability in to the Tasmanian economy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jan 2016

Liberals Selectively Quote Deloitte Report

In the finest tradition of political propagandists, Treasurer Gutwein is using the latest Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook Report to pretend the Liberals in government are responsible for Tasmania’s relatively solid economic...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Jan 2016

Tasmania Report Presents Multiple Challenges for the State

The TCCI 'Tasmania Report 2015' is a welcome, evidence-based contribution to the debate about how we, as a state, improve our economic self sufficiency, effectively invest in the education of young Tasmanians and encourage a culture of...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2015

Road Safety Underfunded While MAIB Gives $144M in Dividends

The Liberals in government have presided over a significant decline in the number of random breath tests and speed camera hours and an increase in road fatalities and serious injuries, but are making no commitment to allocate any of the...

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

Liberals Back Old, Destructive Loser

The Liberal Government was given a very simple choice by MONA, embrace the new Tasmanian economy or fall back into step with Federal Hotels.

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

Gutwein: Invest in Tasmanians

Call on the Treasurer Gutwein to invest in the Tasmanian community, rather than counting his millions in the Treasury vault and dreaming of a spending splurge in the lead up to the next state election

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015

Federal Hotels 2018 Deal

Federal Group has reaped massive profits at the expense of low income Tasmanians as a result of the 15 year monopoly on gambling venues in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015

Preliminary Outcomes Report

Treasury's Preliminary Outcomes Report puts the state's finances in a reasonable position, but nobody should believe it is the result of Treasurer Gutwein's genius.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Aug 2015

Premier Refuses to Reveal Ex-gratia Details

The Premier has joined Ministers Matthew Groom and Rene Hidding in refusing to reveal details of the secret ex-gratia payment relating to the South Arm Highway.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  16 Jun 2015

Government Running for Cover on Secret Ex-gratia Payment

Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding  has repeatedly refused to detail the size of the secret ex-gratia payment exposed by the Greens in Budget Estimates.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  12 Jun 2015

Serious Unanswered Questions on Secret Ex Gratia Payment

The government has serious questions to answer after Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom admitted that a secret ex-gratia payment had been made.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2015

Memo to Premier: Investing in People isn't a Waste of Money

Premier Hodgman acknowledged concerns raised by the community sector about the lack of funds to Tasmanians in need as "valid questions".

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Jun 2015

National Accounts Cast Doubt on Key Budget Assumptions

The National Accounts figures released today show Tasmania's economy stagnating, and cast doubt on key assumptions in Treasurer Peter Gutwein's state budget.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2015

2015-16 Budget Outlook: More of the Same

The 2015-16 Tasmanian Economic Outlook report emphasises the urgent need for the government to look outside the box.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  17 Apr 2015

Revised Estimates Report 2014-15

The release of the Revised Estimates Report 2014-15 was a missed opportunity for the Treasurer, Peter Gutwein.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2015

State Finances & Taxation Review Needed

Pressure is building for the Hodgman government to undertake a comprehensive State Finance and Taxation Review.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  16 Dec 2015

Poor Energy Decisions Cost State

Recent poor decisions made in the state’s energy sector will cost an estimated staggering $700 million over the next six years.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  4 Dec 2014

Public Trustee Review Announced

The review of the fees charged by the Public Trustee offers no guarantee that matters will improve for some of Tasmania's most disadvantaged people.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  4 Dec 2014

FT Letter of Comfort

The Treasurer is under pressure to release the Letter of Comfort he has provided Forestry Tasmania.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2014

Pokies Losses Increase

The latest EGM loss figures reveal that Tasmanians lost $17, 410, 489 on poker machines for the month of July alone.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Sep 2014

Community Service Levy Independence Under Threat

Rampant pork-barrelling will be the result if the Liberals succeed in their plan to axe the independent Tasmanian Community Fund Board.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Aug 2014

End Corporate Welfare

The Hodgman regime needs to rethink its warped priorities and put an end to its compulsion to provide corporate welfare payouts.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  9 Jul 2014

Federal Budget Impact on State

The current estimate that the state will be $2.1 billion worse off under the Abbot Federal budget.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2014