Sunday, 19 February 2017

Video: We need a National Integrity Commission - Scott Ludlam

The Greens have continued and continued and continued to call for a national integrity commission to tackle federal corruption. Labor, The Liberals and the National Party continue to block its establishment. We need a national ICAC.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Greens Renew Call for End to ‘No Grounds’ Evictions for NSW Renters

In response to the “Unsettled: Life in Australia's private rental market”<> report released today, NSW Greens spokesperson on Housing Jenny Leong MP gave notice of a motion<> in the NSW Parliament calling for an end to ‘no grounds’ evictions in the state.

The report, a national study co-authored by Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE, the National Association of Tenants' Organisations and National Shelter, shows that tenants across Australia are living in a climate of fear, due to insecurity around their tenure.

SMH: Overseas workers: NSW government contractor didn't check whether Australians were available

The NSW government has confirmed that it did not check whether Australian employees were suitable to fill 32 computer software jobs, which its contractor filled using overseas workers.

The overseas workers on 457 visas were hired after the government's ServiceFirst shed more than 200 employees who had provided computer support services.

Read the original story

Friday, 17 February 2017

Luke Hartsuyker interviews the PM – and what a performance : Bellingen Courier Sun Story

Photo from BCS

"Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker’s novel social media foray was not the best."

See the story in Bellingen Courier Sun

Renew Economy Story: Why is Labor so hopeless at defending renewables policy?

Video: the earth doesn't need us

Mid North Coast Greens now the Bellingen District Greens

Local Greens are absolutely pleased that the new Greens NSW group, the Nambucca Macleay Greens, is now operative in the Nambucca Shire and the Macleay Shire.


The Mid North Coast Greens Group has therefore changed its name as well to reflect its new district, Bellingen Shire.

The Bellingen District Greens will serve the  communities of Bellingen Shire but also work closely with neighbouring groups for the benefit of all.

Mountains to the Sea

Bellingen Market Stall



Bellinger River Valley

Bellinger River near Bellingen

No amalgamation rally in Bellingen

Greens NSW E-Brief: News for members and friends

Congratulations to Dawn Walker, MLC-elect

On behalf of Greens NSW, we farewell Jan Barham who resigned on Monday from her role as a Greens MLC, and we warmly congratulate Dawn Walker, who was endorsed last weekend by our delegates’ council as Jan's replacement. Dawn will take her seat following a joint sitting of both houses of parliament on Thursday 23rd February. We will let you know as soon as we have contact details for Dawn’s office and a date for her inaugural speech – always an inspiring occasion for members and supporters. We thank Jan for her wonderful parliamentary service to Greens NSW and wish her the very best for the future.

By-Elections in the state seats of Manly, Gosford and North Shore

Three local groups are now gearing up for imminent State by-elections and your help will be greatly appreciated. You can donate or volunteer for a range of activities – let’s hit the streets and tell the new premier that forced council amalgamations are anti-democratic and we want NSW to be powered by 100% renewables. We are sure you have a list of many important issues that can be raised in local communities.
Debbie Gibson & Tony Hickey
Co-Convenors, Greens NSW

Jan Barham MLC

Thank you and farewell

Jan Barham MLC

After 25 years of activism and 17 years as a local and state Greens representative, I resigned from Parliament on Monday. I want to thank everyone who worked with me in my Parliamentary role. It has been an honour to serve the Greens and I hope the future is Greener. Follow the link to watch my valedictory speech in full.
Watch the video »

Tamara Smith MP

The best response to the far-right

Tamara Smith, MP for Ballina

The rise of far-right politicians like Corey Bernadi, Pauline Hanson and Donald Trump will, I believe, galvanise people to demand a new way of doing politics. The response to hateful messages must be to renew our energy for bi-partisan co-operation in achieving a dignified society that accepts difference, is equitable and sustainable.
Read more »

Berejiklian's unprincipled compromise on amalgamations

David Shoebridge MLC

A state-wide grassroots campaign has saved dozens of councils from forced amalgamations. This week’s unprincipled announcement from Premier Berejiklian will see one rule for the bush where more councils have been saved, and another for the city where we will continue to campaign for democracy and to reverse amalgamations.
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Senator Lee Rhiannon

Turnbull axes help for people who need affordable housing

Senator Lee Rhiannon

The Turnbull government is escalating Tony Abbott’s attacks against people who need affordable housing, by axing the National Affordable Housing Agreement. It’s the only federal funding stream for homelessness and public housing services, and losing it would be a disaster. The Greens are fighting to save the NAHA and secure homes for those in need.
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Jeremy Buckingham MLC

Greens call on NSW Labor to return dirty Santos donations, again

Jeremy Buckingham MLC

NSW Labor has once again been caught taking donations from coal seam gas company Santos. This is despite promising not to do so before the 2015 state election. I have called on Labor Leader Luke Foley to return this dirty money. Find out more in the SMH article.
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Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC

Albury stands for decriminalisation of abortion

Mehreen Faruqi MLC

In Albury, hundreds of community members joined us to call for the decriminalisation of abortion and the creation of safe access zones. In less than two hours, people signed 200 postcards and more than 150 petitions for the End12 campaign. I’m pushing for parliamentary debate on our bill in the next few months.
Watch the video »

If the NSW Treasurer wants to represent my generation, he’s got his priorities wrong

Justin Field MLC

If the new NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet wants to be the voice for my generation – he’ll have to do better than continue the 'sell it off, rip it up' short-term opportunism of the State Government. We’re both Gen-Xers but our views couldn’t differ more on the best future for NSW.
Watch video »

Mardi Gras Fair Day, this Sunday!

Jenny Leong, MP for Newtown

Drop in to the Greens’ stall at Fair Day in Camperdown to support our campaigns for LGBTIQ rights and equality. Join us at midday for a big group photo. I’ll be there, along with Senator Janet Rice, our Federal spokesperson on Sexuality & Gender Diversity, and other Greens MPs. Come and chat with us about our work supporting LGBTIQ communities.
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Jamie Parker MP 

Premier must get serious on corruption

Jamie Parker, MP for Balmain

I’ve called on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to do the right thing on corruption and reverse the funding cuts to the ICAC. Cuts to ICAC funding mean fewer investigators to examine corrupt politicians. The new Premier must step up, reverse the cuts and commit to a corruption-free NSW.
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Way forward for marriage equality in this Parliament

The Senate has delivered a consensus report on the government’s draft exposure marriage equality Bill, providing a path for marriage equality to happen in this Parliament.

“This unprecedented show of collaboration, negotiation and consensus has given us a way forward to achieve marriage equality in this Parliament,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson and member of the Committee.

“The Greens took to the table a respect for the rights of people of faith, but we did not waver in our view that these must not be at the expense of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians.”

New poll shows overwhelming majority of community oppose privatisation of NSW land titles

Justin Field MLC
A new poll has revealed an overwhelming majority of NSW homeowners (84%) oppose the Government's plan sell off of the states' land titles registry[i] the LPI.

The research from the Institution of Surveyors NSW found only six per cent of people supported the sell off. While more than 70 per cent of people were unaware of the NSW Government's plans to privatise the world-class registry, most opposed it when they learnt what was being proposed.

The survey comes off the back of strong opposition to the sale by organisations as diverse as the NSW Police Association, ICAC, the journalist union - MEAA, the Law Society and Law Society, the Real Estate Institute, and the Royal Australian Historical Society.,

Former Reserve Bank boss needs to move the Premier beyond supply mantra

 The NSW Premier has announced<> that former Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens will be assisting the government with their housing affordability strategy.

NSW Greens spokesperson on Housing Jenny Leong MP has welcomed the Premier's recognition that housing affordability is an urgent issue for the people of NSW, but says that the solution needs to move beyond supply.

"The ever-repeated supply solution is not going to address the very real housing stress and insecurity felt by many people throughout NSW," says Ms Leong.

Greens call on NSW Labor to return dirty Santos donations again

Protest against Santos
NSW Greens Energy Spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has called on Opposition Leader Luke Foley and the NSW Labor Party to return $2250 in donations they received from coal seam gas miner Santos.  The donations were revealed in Santos’ 2015-16 Donor Annual Return to the Australian Electoral Commission.
In March 2015, in the shadow of the state election, the NSW Labor Party returned $2200 worth of donations to Santos following pressure from the Greens.
“Once again Labor have been caught out taking easy money from a coal seam gas company, despite promising the public that they would not do so,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

WestConnex audit slams Federal Government process

The Australian National Audit Office has released its report into Commonwealth funding of the WestConnex project<>. The report looks into whether appropriate steps were taken to protect the Commonwealth's interests and obtain value for money in relation to the $3.5 billion in Commonwealth funding committed to WestConnex.

NSW Greens spokesperson on WestConnex and Member for Newtown Jenny Leong:

"The report shows that the rationale for funding this project was deeply deficient. It points the finger at both the Liberal Coalition and Labor, because they were pushing the WestConnex project well before even an initial business case was presented to the appropriate government departments," says Ms Leong.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Greens warn of climate migration as Moree set to break record with 51 days above 35°C

The Greens NSW climate change spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said the shocking news that Moree was set to break the Australian record for the most number of days in a row above 35°C should be a wakeup call to the old parties and that, without drastic action, inland regional communities will be hollowed out by climate migration to the coast.
“Climate change is here, climate change is deadly and regional communities are on the front lines,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.
“The record breaking run of days above 35 degrees in Moree should act as a wakeup call to the old parties that we are facing a climate emergency and that extended periods of extreme heat are becoming the new reality for many inland towns.

Climate change induced energy demand spike show failure in policy

NSW Greens energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said today's predicted energy demand spikes highlighted multiple policy failures including a failure to address climate change, a failure to put in place a sensible demand management strategy, and a failure to build renewable energy.

"This record heatwave, in conjunction with temperature records being broken on a regular basis, shows that climate change is here with a vengeance.  Australians will die during this heatwave, yet the federal government still has its head in the sand," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

"For our governments to still be pushing coal, the number one cause of climate change, in the face of an unprecedented heatwave is absolutely negligent.

Bellingen meeting to fight destructive logging in the headwaters of the Kalang River

Attendees of the February 14, 2017 meeting heard of the damage to the Kalang and Bellinger Rivers caused by previous logging in the headwaters of these rivers. These rivers are now choked with gravel and rocks because the headwaters have been eroded. The nearby Nambucca River now largely flows under gravel and rocks because of erosion of its headwaters.

Modern logging procedures now requires large machinery that causes more damage to the forest. What is called selective logging is now a very damaging process.

The NSW Greens calls for a halt to all logging of native forests on public land. This will save public funds because only plantation logging is profitable. Forest logging requires a large subsidy per hectare from taxpayers. Plantations can supply most of our timber needs.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Dawn Walker accepted as newest Greens MP by NSW Greens State Delegates Council

Dawn Walker MLC
'I'm very humbled and thrilled to have been chosen by NSW Greens members today to be the newest Greens MP in the NSW Upper House!

This preselection was an amazing grassroots process involving thousands of NSW Greens members and only strengthens my resolve to stand up for our community and environment. Thank you!

Please like my Facebook page to stay tuned as my political journey begins - hopefully with you all along with me! Dawn'


It was great to visit my new workplace, the NSW Parliament today and catch up with many of my new colleagues. I can't wait to represent our communities and environment as your next Greens NSW MP! 

A Plastic Ocean: Feature Documentary February 23, 7.00pm in Sawtell

  • Thursday, February 23rd 2017 @ 7:00pm 
  • Sawtell Majestic Cinema 
  • First Ave, Sawtell NSW 2452
  • Presented by 
  • Sea Shepherd  Australia
  •  Take 3 for the Seas 
  •  Join us for the premiere in Coffs Harbour NSW of this feature length documentary 
  • Described by Sir David Attenborough as 
  • “One of the most important films of our time”
  • Introduction by Tim Silverwood - CEO of Take 3 for the Sea

    Co-founder and CEO of Take 3 for the Sea, Tim Silverwood will introduce the film and conduct a Q and A.  In 2011 Tim Silverwood spent 3 weeks sailing across the North Pacific Gyre to study and document the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Tim has conducted over 200 educational seminars in schools and communities around the world and helped drive successful campaigns to reduce plastic pollution including plastic bag bans and container deposit scheme
  • In A Plastic Ocean an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean Ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean.
    A Plastic Ocean brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle and shows never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health. 
    During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better. 

Greens urge new Premier to ‘do the right thing’ on ICAC

Reacting to an ABC report that the Independent Commission Against Corruption will have five fewer investigators this year as a result of cuts in last year's State budget, Jamie Parker, Greens spokesperson on anti-corruption said:

“This news presents an opportunity for Premier Berejiklian to send a strong message early in her premiership that corruption will not be tolerated. She must reverse these cuts and restore the funding taken away under Baird’s leadership.

Corrupt public servants and politicians are no doubt delighted to see the ICAC’s work hampered even further, making it easier for them to cheat the system without being apprehended.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Contribute to a vision for Bellingen Shire - Survey and Info

Dangar Falls. Dorrigo
We have a great Community Vision document for our Shire but it's now up for review and comment. To have your say, check out where and how at the link below.

Dorrigo is the first cab off the rank with a focus group session, starting tomorrow February 13, between 1-3.