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Courtney in Pill Testing Spotlight

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens, I congratulate Hobart City Council for their leadership in voting to support pill testing.  It’s sound, widely accepted health policy that will save young lives. 

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

Resignation of the Commissioner for Children

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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

Over three years in the position, Mr Morrissey has been the strongest possible advocate for all Tasmania's children and young people, but most specifically those at risk of neglect, abuse, homelessness and a child safety system that is failing them.

Tasmania is losing the experience and skills of a dedicated, highly qualified professional in a portfolio that is crying out for strong advocacy. 

Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Hodgman Liberal Government has epically failed to stand up for Tasmania, with the State comprehensively missing out in the Federal Budget.

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.

Rockliff Must Investigate Biddulph Gag

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Education spokesperson

The Education Minister must immediately investigate the full circumstances which led to the attempted gag of Steve Biddulph.  A government gag of an individual expressing their opinion is unconscionable and goes against all rights of free speech.

Mr Biddulph, a child development expert, was a critic of lowering the school starting age.  During the Education Act debate he presented cited evidence to back up his concerns.

Commissioner for Children's Report Exposes Urgent Need for Funding

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson

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.

For too long, the State has failed vulnerable children and young people in its care.  In some cases, such as the Safe Pathways scandal, the State stands guilty of neglect.

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