And Deputy Leader Announced

Monday, 3 May 2010

The Tasmanian Greens today announced their shadow portfolio responsibilities distributed amongst the five MPs as they take on their cross-bench responsibilities to hold the government to account.

Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that both he and Cabinet Secretary Cassy O’Connor MP will also take on some shadow portfolio responsibilities additional to their Ministerial responsibilities in order to pursue Greens’ policies.

Mr McKim also announced that Tim Morris MP had been chosen by the Party Room as Greens’ Deputy Leader.

“These arrangements provide the Greens’ Party room with an unique opportunity to deliver on Greens’ policy commitments by operating constructively within Cabinet and as a united team on the floor of the House,” Mr McKim said.

“The Greens take our Shadow portfolio responsibilities seriously and through these we will pursue Greens’ policies and election commitments, as well as continue our usual role of effectively holding the government to account.”

“Both Ms O’Connor and I will also take on Shadow portfolio responsibilities additional to our Ministerial portfolios. This will provide us with the unique opportunity of being able to advocate Greens’ policy both within Cabinet and independent of Cabinet.”

“I also welcome Tim Morris MP as Deputy Leader. Having this position formalised within the Party Room will assist greatly in meeting the increased workload, challenges and responsibilities which come with a power-sharing Parliament.”

Tasmanian Greens MPs’ Shadow Portfolio Responsibilities:

Nick McKim MP

Greens Leader

(additional to Ministerial portfolios)

Innovation, Science and Technology

Attorney-General & Justice

Economic Development, Sport & Recreation

Tim Morris MP

Deputy Leader





Local Government


Industrial Relations


Corrections and Consumer Protection

Kim Booth MP



Human Services

Small Business

Primary Industry


Racing and Gaming

Veterans Affairs

Cassy O’Connor MP

(additional to Ministerial portfolios)

Environment, Parks and Heritage

Animal Welfare


Paul O’Halloran MP

Education and Skills



Climate Change


Community Development

Police and Emergency Services


The Tasmanian Greens today announced that Greens Leader and Minister Nick McKim MP and Cabinet Secretary Cassy O’Connor MP had been endorsed by the Party Room to accept Ministerial vehicles on road safety and workload grounds.

Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said he had discussed the matter with Premier David Bartlett and that the Department of Premier and Cabinet would assess a range of low emission vehicles for potential inclusion in the Ministerial Fleet once current vehicles fall due for replacement.

“In recognition of the increased workload due to Ministerial portfolio responsibilities plus road safety concerns the Greens’ Party room has supported both Ms O’Connor and me using Ministerial vehicles when undertaking our Ministerial duties.”

“Neither of us intend to regularly use Ministerial vehicles for short trips around Hobart.”

Mr McKim previously refused use of a Ministerial vehicle when he became Leader of the Greens, but said that his Ministerial workload in addition to his Leadership responsibilities has caused him to reconsider.
Nick McKim MP Greens Leader