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Parliament House, Tasmania

Brahminy Review Must Be Independent, Comprehensive

The internal review into the Brahminy program is inadequate, and the Minister should announce an independent, comprehensive review.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Oct 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

Jaensch is Trying to Gaslight Tasmanians over Cabinet Decision

Finally out of hiding from the media for a week, Roger Jaensch told ABC Mornings, ‘no decision was made’ to weaken tenancy protections prior to the pandemic. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Oct 2020


Child, Shadow

Children’s Commissioner Must Have Oversight Over All Out-of-home Care

The Commissioner for Children and Young People’s oversight of the out-of-home care system is critical in making sure children are cared for properly.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Oct 2020


Lonely Child

Gutwein Government Must Investigate Brahminy Program, Bring Tasmanian Kids Home

The Gutwein Government needs to explain why it’s sending vulnerable young Tasmanians to a controversial and isolated Northern Territory intervention program.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Sep 2020


Lonely Child

Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2020

While we are enacting a pilot witness intermediary scheme, I have no doubt that the scheme will prove to be of significant benefit to survivors and victims.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020


Lonely Child

Jaensch Fails to Rule Out Child Safety Cuts

The Minister for Human Services failed to answer important questions about cuts to Child Safety Services in State Parliament today. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Aug 2020


Lonely Child

Minister Must Explain COVID Child Safety Response

The Minister for Human Services must explain why vulnerable children were unable to access safe accommodation or key support services during COVID restrictions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Aug 2020


Lonely Child

Hodgman's Child Safety Leadership Failure

The Premier and his Treasurer have conceded defeat on public sector wage negotiations and referred the matter to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jun 2019


Lonely Child

Child Protection Not Safe From Gutwein's Cuts

The Treasurer has refused to commit the government to quarantining the child protection system from the so-called ‘efficiency dividend’.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jun 2019


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Appointment of the New Commissioner for Children and Young People

There are few roles within government as important as the independent Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Nov 2018


Lonely Child

Child Safety Services - Resourcing

The evidence strongly suggests an under-resourced agency was unable to respond in time possibly to save the child's life.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2017


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Resignation of the Commissioner for Children

It is a sad day for Tasmania's children and young people with the sudden resignation of Commissioner, Mark Morrissey.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Aug 2017


Lonely Child

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. 

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


Lonely Child

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


Lonely Child

Premier Hodgman Undercuts Human Services Minister on Child Protection

After the Safe Pathways scandal and evidence the State neglected children in its care, this is a completely unacceptable response from the Premier.

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


Lonely Child

Commissioner for Children's Report Exposes Urgent Need for Funding

The report into Tasmania’s child protection and out of home care system by the Commissioner for Children and Young People demands urgent attention.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jan 2017


Lonely Child

Still Too Many Unanswered Questions on Safe Pathways

Five months after concerns were first raised with the government about the treatment of vulnerable children in the care of Safe Pathways, many questions remain.

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


Lonely Child

No Role for Profit Making in Child Protection

Chronic, systemic underfunding of child protection in Tasmania has laid the ground for businesses to profit from the abuse and neglect of children.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016