Saturday, 23 September 2017

Dawn Walker asks questions in NSW Parliament re logging breaches

Only the Greens would be be this relentless in pursuing protection of our forests.


The Greens are passionate about protecting our wild forests and will hold Forestry Corporation to account for environmental offences when they occur. Dawn Walker MP questioned the Minister representing the Environment Minister over well-documented and unacceptable logging in an endangered lowland rainforest ecosystem in Cherry Tree State Forest near Casino and whether the NSW EPA will actually prosecute Forestry Corporation for these breaches!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Year 1 Testing Plans – but where is the follow up?

Greens Education Spokesperson and Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith says news that a numeracy and literacy test may be introduced for Year 1 students is yet another distraction by a test-obsessed LNP and a sound bite against a backdrop of under resourcing for early intervention in schools.

“It’s counter-productive to introduce a test in response to concerns at falling literacy and numeracy rates without corresponding plans to change how these are taught or how failing students are supported to learn,” said Ms Smith.

“If the NSW government is really serious about lifting learning achievement in its schools it will implement the full Gonski funding model and it will fund two years of pre-school early childhood learning.


NSW SHOULD FOLLOW VICTORIA'S LEAD WITH INCREASED MEASURES TO TACKLE POKIES HARM: GREENS

NSW Greens have called on the NSW Government to take Victoria's lead to implement local caps on the number of poker machines in order to reduce poker machine gambling harm.

The call follows an announcement that the Victorian Government of a suite of measures to tackle poker machine harm including:

*         added restrictions on pokies numbers in regions most affected by gambling, with an extension of regional caps on machines; and

*         Limiting the number of machines in a single venue to 105.

Greens MP and Gambling Harm Spokesperson Justin Field said, "While Victoria pushes ahead with reform aimed at protecting people and communities from addictive poker machines, the NSW Government fails to act.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

BABY WHALE CAUGHT IN SHARK NET OFF NOOSA HIGHLIGHTS WHY NETS SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM BEACHES: GREENS

Media reports of a baby whale caught in shark nets off Noosa demonstrates the urgent need for removing nets off the NSW coast to protect whales, dolphin, turtles and other marine life, according to Greens MP and Marine Spokesperson Justin Field.

The mother whale has been desperately trying to free the distressed calf from the net and lifeguards will attempt a rescue of the baby if conditions permit, reports suggest.

The recently released Annual Performance Report of the Shark Meshing Program showed 373 marine animals, including turtles and dolphins, were caught in sharks nets between Newcastle and Wollongong with 211 killed.

NBN News Video: PM Turnbull visits Coffs Harbour - Marriage Equality and Stop Adani campaigns


The Prime Minister was greeted by Stop Adani protestors/protectors.


"The Prime Minister refused to be drawn on claims the tone of the same sex marriage postal plebiscite is starting to impact on people.


Mr Turnbull stuck closely to the script when pushed about claims of abuse emerging in Coffs Harbour."

NBN News Video

The Guardian: Neoliberalism is creating loneliness. That’s what’s wrenching society apart George Monbiot George Monbiot

Mental ill health can be a product of loneliness
"What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet plagues of anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and loneliness now strike people down all over the world. The latest, catastrophic figures for children’s mental health in England reflect a global crisis.
There are plenty of secondary reasons for this distress, but it seems to me that the underlying cause is everywhere the same: human beings, the ultrasocial mammals, whose brains are wired to respond to other people, are being peeled apart. Economic and technological change play a major role, but so does ideology. Though our wellbeing is inextricably linked to the lives of others, everywhere we are told that we will prosper through competitive self-interest and extreme individualism."

Read original Guardian article

NSW GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE EMPLOYER OF CHOICE NOT SPENDING MILLIONS ON CONSULTANTS AND CASUALS


Figures tabled in the Legislative Council have revealed State Government spending on external consultants will triple this year, outsourcing jobs and its responsibility as an employer of choice in NSW.

Earlier this year, a report released by the NSW Auditor-General also found the NSW government's spending on contingent labour - non-permanent and insecure working arrangement - had increased from $503 million in 2011-2012 to $1.1 billion in 2015-16.

Greens MP and Treasury spokesperson Justin Field said the NSW Government should be ensuring the state can attract and retain the best talent to ensure the public service has the skills and resources to deliver for the people of NSW.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Marriage Equality Greens stall at Bellingen Markets


Ready for the market.
 Our Greens councillors stall is in the background. We heard how LGBTIQ members of our community sometimes feel unsafe in our Bellingen Shire community.



Says Squeeka, "Even the birds screech, Vote Yes."




See also:

"WMA Statement on Natural Variations of Human Sexuality

 Adopted by the 64th General Assembly, Fortaleza, Brazil, October 2013

Preamble

Healthcare professionals encounter many aspects of human diversity when providing care, including different variations of human sexuality.

A large body of scientific research indicates that homosexuality is a natural variation of human sexuality without any intrinsically harmful health effects.

Video: Who do you think made the most outrageous switch from politics to business?

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Comment below for who you think made the most outrageous switch from politics to business:

1) Andrew Robb former Liberal trade minister, who made a Free Trade Deal with China and then took a $880,000 job with a Chinese billionaire closely linked to the Chinese Government.

2) John Anderson former Nationals Deputy PM, who became chairman of fracker Eastern Star Gas.

3) Martin Ferguson former Labor resources minister, who became a oil and gas lobbyist.

4) Andrew Stoner former NSW Deputy Premier, who worked for merchant bank Moelis helping wealthy foreigners get Australian residency - as area he regulated as NSW trade and investment minister.

Greens call for greater protection of Campbelltown’s koalas

Greens MP and Koala Protection spokesperson, Dawn Walker joined Campbelltown City Councillor, Ben Moroney and local wildlife rescuers on Appin Road on Monday to call for greater protection for Campbelltown's koalas that are facing growing threats from urban development in the area.

"Campbelltown is home to the healthiest koalas in Sydney with an estimated 300 disease-free koalas living in bushland between the Georges and Nepean Rivers, yet it's alarming that two or three koalas are being killed or rescued along Appin Road each week.

NSW INCREASINGLY A ROGUE STATE ON PLASTIC POLLUTION AS WA BANS THE BAG

 The NSW Greens have welcomed the WA Government's phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags from mid-next year and called on NSW to follow its lead.

Australians use up to an estimated 4 billion light-weight plastic bags a year. Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the ACT have already banned the bag.

Greens Marine spokesperson Justin Field said NSW was lagging behind on taking urgent action to stop plastic pollution.

Greens question Government over under-staffing at Lismore Base Hospital

Greens MP and Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker has questioned the State Government in the NSW Parliament over the under-staffing of hospital staff at Lismore Base Hospital following safety concerns being raised by the Health Services Union.

"It's appalling that the NSW Government is failing to listen to concerns about excessive staff workloads at Lismore Base Hospital, which is risking patient care, stretching the capacity of hospital staff and jeopardizing the opening of new wards at the Hospital.

NSW GOVERNMENT REJECTS GREENS EFFORT TO FORCE RELEASE OF 'SECRET' GAMBLING HARM REPORT

The Government has today blocked a motion from the Greens in the NSW Legislative Council calling for the public release of a Gambling Harm Report that has been kept secret from the public for almost two years.

In 2013 the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing awarded a tender for research into the harm caused by various types of gambling, including poker machines, and the report was handed to the Government in December 2015.

The comprehensive report is aimed at establishing the risk from various forms of gambling in NSW, the effects on gamblers and their families, and determine the level of 'risk' from each gambling category.

Greens MP and Reducing Gambling Harm Spokesperson Justin Field said, "The NSW Government has hidden the Gambling Harm Report it commissioned from the University of Sydney for almost two years and has today actively thwarted efforts to make the findings available to the community.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Peter Whish-Wilson: Every MP must see the state of the Reef

Today in Canberra, I called on every single federal MP to visit the Reef and see this reality.

As Chair of the Senate Environment and Communications Committee, I recently visited the Great Barrier Reef and saw this for myself. It was heartbreaking seeing extensive coral bleaching and the fragile health of the reef.

Climate change is happening here and now.

The reef is home to many thousands of marine creatures and is also the biggest employer in Queensland. Sadly, since I last visited the reef 5 years ago with my children, scientists now estimate that nearly 50% of the reef has died and that is just from bleaching. The percentage would be much higher if cyclone damage and other pressures were added.

I am convinced that if every politician took the time to visit the reef, they could no longer be complacent about the impacts of global warming. Nor would they support massive new coal mines like Adani -- environment destroying projects which will only add to global emissions, further warm our oceans and risk the reef.

Please watch this video and join my call: every MP must stick their head under the water and see first hand the damage climate change is doing to our Reef.


We face a stark choice: coal or coral. We are custodians of the reef, it is not ours to lose, only ours to pass on to future generations.


Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Nationals should be stripped of water portfolio after damning report

  The NSW Greens today called on the National Party to be stripped of the water portfolio after the interim report by Ken Matthews sparked by a 4 Corners investigation found “water related compliance and enforcement arrangements in NSW have been ineffectual and require significant and urgent improvement” and revealed that ICAC was investigating allegations of corruption; Kevin Humphries may have told irrigators to pump during an embargo; and that a ‘systemic fix’ is required, including a new independent ‘Natural Resource Access Regulator’.

NSW Greens water spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham said:


“The National Party should be permanently stripped from holding the water portfolio.  We cannot have the fox in charge of the henhouse, especially when National Party donors are getting favourable treatme

Friday, 8 September 2017

Marriage Equality message from Australian Greens


 Just in: The High Court has handed down its ruling. The postal vote on marriage equality is going ahead.

It’s disappointing that our challenge in the High Court was not successful. We have already seen the damaging and untruthful messages being spread by the ‘No’ campaign. It is shameful and hurtful that this Government has chosen to put a matter of human rights to a public opinion poll.  


Postal Vote Going Ahead
We are ready to win a YES vote. By continuing to work together, we will show our LGBTIQ community that we are all equal, worthy and loved.

The majority of Australians support marriage equality and recognise that love is love.

So let’s win this thing. And then let’s kick out this heartless government at the next election.

Thank you for all you do.

Richard and Janet
 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

RESPECT CHILDCARE WORKERS AND PAY THEM A FAIR WAGE: GREENS


The NSW Greens are standing in support of the nation's early childhood workers as they take strike action for fair pay from 3.20pm today.

Early childhood educators and child care workers in NSW and across the country are paid significantly less than primary and secondary teachers, and as much as $30k less than the average annual wage.

At the same time as workers walk off the job, NSW Greens Early Childhood Education spokesperson Justin Field will grill NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on what actions the NSW Government will take to support fair pay for educators in the sector.

Minister refuses to rule out intensification of forest logging on North Coast

Dawn Walker with Forest activists
Greens MP and Forests spokesperson Dawn Walker has slammed the State Government's failure to rule-out allowing intensive logging practices into North Coast forests, following intense questioning in this week’s Budget Estimates hearings in State Parliament.

When asked directly if the Government would introduce intensive harvesting or clear-felling practices currently used on the South Coast to the Mid North Coast and the North Coast under the Government’s proposed remake of forestry regulatory rules, known as IFOAs, the Minister for Lands and Forestry, Paul Toole refused to directly respond and stated that a draft consultation on the IFOA will be coming out at the end of the year.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Luddite PM wrong to try to delay Liddell power station closure

Greens NSW energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today labelled the Prime Minister a Luddite and wrong after Mr Turnbull revealed that the federal government was attempting to persuade AGL to keep the Liddell coal-fired power station in the Hunter Valley open for another five years after its scheduled closure date of 2022.

"Liddell power station is one of the oldest in the country. It's age means it does not provide the reliable electricity the Prime Minister says he wants to achieve.  This is about ideology and internal Liberal Party politics, not a coherent energy policy," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.