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Wellbeing of Young Tasmanians

Media Release - Today’s Investing in the Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People report released by the Commissioner for Children and Young People paints a mixed picture of our Tasmania’s progress on the wellbeing of young Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Feb 2020

Adjournment - Commissioner Children and Young People Ambassador Program

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, following on from what the minister for Education was talking about then, I take the opportunity to talk about the Commissioner Children and Young People's outstanding Ambassador Program.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Oct 2019

Real Youth Survival Report Demands Tripartisan Push to Raise Newstart and Youth Allowance

Media Release - Young Tasmanians need a unity ticket across parties to get the Morrison Government to hear the compelling case for an increase in Newstart and Youth Allowance. The Tasmanian Greens stand ready to work with Liberal and Labor parties to get...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Oct 2019

Labor Backflip on Protecting Young Lives

Media Release - The Labor Party’s decision to oppose Independent MLC, Ruth Forrest’s pill testing Motion makes it clear they’ve abandoned their party platform.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Aug 2019

Courtney in Pill Testing Spotlight

Media Release - Hobart City Council’s vote in support of pill testing puts new Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, in the spotlight.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Jul 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Ferguson

Parliamentary Activity - Chair, I will reflect on some of the enlightening conversations I had with the minister in his capacity as the Minister for Health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Jun 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Mental Health

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, it is pretty galling to stand up here and have to talk about the words, but the words matter.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Jun 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Child and Youth Mental Health

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, that was the clearest statement we have had from the Minister for Health on the situation in the child and adolescent mental health area of public policy.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 May 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Child and Youth Mental Health

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I move -That the House take note of the following matter: child and youth mental health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 May 2019

Budget 2019-20 - Mental Health Facilities

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 May 2019

Labor and Liberals Betray Young Tasmanians on Climate

Media Release - In State Parliament today, both Labor and the Liberals voted against the Greens’ motion to declare a climate emergency, sending a terrible message to young Tasmanians that they don’t take their fears over the future seriously.  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 May 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Youth Week

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on Youth Week.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Youth Week

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor speaks during the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on Youth Week

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Apr 2019

Gender Reform Laws Must be Debated Next Week

Media Release - Tasmania’s Upper House has passed nation-leading legislation that would end the punitive and entrenched bureaucratic discrimination against transgender people.  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Apr 2019

Youth Speaking Out on Issues

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, there has been so much in the news over the past couple of weeks over the federal Liberal Party bullying attitude towards women in politics. They show contempt for the need to have women equally...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Sep 2018

Adjournment - Climate Leader's Conference

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, it is my great pleasure to share with the House a fantastic climate leaders conference I went to last week, which was intended to equip students across Tasmania with the skills to become climate...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Sep 2018

At Risk Children and Young People Still Let Down

Media Release - Tasmania’s under-resourced child protection system continues to let down at risk children and young people.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Aug 2018

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Parliamentary Activity -  Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMATasmanians now know as a result of the ABC obtaining leaked departmental documents you misled parliament over the wellbeing of 11 children who had been placed with Safe...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Aug 2017

A Critical time for Tasmania's Children

Media Release - Tasmania's child safety workers are at the absolute front line of protecting children from abuse and neglect, yet they remain chronically overworked and under-resourced despite the Liberals' promises.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Sep 2017

Resignation of the Commissioner for Children

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Aug 2017

Youth At Risk Strategy Undermined by 'Tough on Crime' Liberals

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jun 2017

Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

Media Release - While Tasmania missed out any substantial infrastructure investment as a result of the Hodgman Liberals' failure, Tasmanians looking for a home or reliant on welfare are the big losers out of this Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 May 2017

Child Protection - Right to Information Requests

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA[10.26 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Mar 2017

Rockliff Must Investigate Biddulph Gag

Media Release - The Education Minister must immediately investigate the full circumstances which led to the attempted gag of Steve Biddulph.

Andrea Dawkins - 2 Mar 2017

Commissioner for Children's Report Exposes Urgent Need for Funding

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Jan 2017

Petrusma's Child Protection Crisis

Media Release - The Performance Measures for Child Protection in the DHHS Annual Report make it clear the system designed to protect some of Tasmania's most vulnerable children, is in significantly worse shape than it was under the previous government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Dec 2016

No Role for Profit Making in Child Protection

Media Release - Chronic, systemic underfunding of child protection in Tasmania has laid the ground for businesses to profit from the abuse and neglect of children who are in the Out of Home Care system.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Nov 2016

Liberals Cave to Extreme Right on Safe Schools

Media Release - At their State Council meeting today, the Tasmania Liberals passed a Motion to abolish the Safe Schools program.

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Nov 2016

Call for Government to Adopt Missouri Model for Youth Justice and Detention

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Acknowledges that the Ashley Youth Detention Centre represents a manifestly failed model for dealing with juvenile offenders.(2)           Notes that the Government has announced an...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Sep 2016

Children and Family Violence

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) -  Madam Speaker, Mr Jaensch will need to be a bit quicker off his seat because I know he has some special guests in here today from Project O at Wynyard.  I know he wanted to attend the launch...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Sep 2016

Greens Release Costed Plan to Close Ashley

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader The Tasmanian Greens have developed a fully costed plan to close the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and invest in two new medium and high security facilities in the North and South that will deliver a...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Sep 2016

Ashley Review Builds Case for Closure

Media Release - The Independent Review of Ashley Youth Detention Centre makes it clear the model for dealing with young offenders in Tasmania has failed.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Sep 2016

Ashley Youth Detention Centre

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Greens recognise that the Minister and her agency have taken this matter very seriously.As this matter is now under investigation, we will not be commenting further on this specific allegation.  There...

- 19 Aug 2016

Call for Government to Fund Pill Testing to Keep Our Youth Safe

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Hon Rene Hidding MP, to forgo his outdated ‘war on drugs’ mentality in favour of saving young lives, and to support the introduction of pill testing at our festivals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 Jun 2016

LGBTI Issues: Ultimate Support for a Simple Life

Parliamentary Activity - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise tonight to respond to parliamentary secretary Mr Barnett's adjournment speech last evening on Safe Schools and his continued attack on LGBTI issues in this Parliament.

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Jun 2016

Hidding Won't Commit to Keeping Our Young People Safe

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 1 June 2016Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, Mr HIDDING[10.35]

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Liberal and Labor parties to support sensible Greens’ policy that prioritises the long term wellbeing of Tasmanians over a fictional budget surplus.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget Invests in Preventative Health

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens today announced we make a significant contribution to improving the health of Tasmanians by increasing the Health budget by $139.3M over four years.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2016

My Education Website Poor Alternative to Pathway Planners

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 26 May 2016Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for EDUCATION and TRAINING, Mr ROCKLIFF[10.23 a.m.]

- 26 May 2016

Government Action Needed on Young Smokers

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokespersonEvidence smoking rates in young Tasmanians have risen by 6.7% in the last 3 years is very concerning.According to analysis from health economist, Martyn Goddard, in the last three years...

- 11 May 2016

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

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 5 May 2016