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Cassy O'Connor

Cassy O'Connor

A former journalist and community activist, Cassy O’Connor is passionate about Tasmania’s special places and its people. She is honoured to be the Secretary to Cabinet in Government responsible for the key areas of Disability Services, Housing, Multicultural Affairs, Seniors and Women.

Cassy was born in Canberra and raised in South East Asia and on Stradbroke Island in Queensland. She moved to Tasmania in 1989 and worked as journalist and political advisor. She also found time to have four beautiful Tasmanian children. Cassy became a community activist in 2004 as the public face of the campaign to protect the Ralphs Bay Conservation Area at Lauderdale from a Gold Coast-style canal housing estate. She is determined that community and conservation should come first in Tasmania.

Cassy O’Connor was first elected to Parliament in July 2008 as the Greens member for Denison on count-back following the resignation of long serving Greens Member and Leader Peg Putt. Cassy was soundly re-elected at the top of the Denison poll in March 2010. On 19 August 2008, Cassy became the first person to be sworn in as a Member of the Tasmanian Parliament outside Hobart.

Cassy is focussed on about working hard to support vulnerable Tasmanians. In her inaugural speech made in Launceston in 2008, she called for tripartisan support for the Parliament to formally acknowledge the terrible wrongs of the past and to apologise to the victims of Willow Court and the Royal Derwent, and to their families. Cassy is determined to see that the word sorry is said. She is committed to policy reform that protects the rights and meets the needs of Tasmanians with disabilities and their families.

“To become the Tasmania we are capable of being, we must look after our most vulnerable citizens with far more heart – the young Tasmanians who sleep on the streets at night; the children of poverty and addiction; the elderly, alone in their homes; ageing carers; old and new Tasmanians, exposed to racism as a result of their perceived difference; and Tasmanians living with mental illness, with physical, or intellectual impairment.”

Contact Details

Level 9 Marine Board Building, 1 Franklin Wharf

HOBART TAS 7000

Ph: 6233 6756
Fax: 6233 2671

minister.o'connor@dpac.tas.gov.au