- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.



Thursday, 22 February 2018

Video - Logging Law Renewals and significance to NSW and Australia



Regional Forest Agreements are the mechanism for corporate control of Australian Native Forests.


Clear-felling of the carbon sink and the destruction of wildlife habitat occurs under the screen of 'sustainable logging'. This is utterly unsustainable. The signing away of Australia's public national native forest estate for over 2 decades commenced with the renewal of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement August 2017. 

The renewal of the NSW Regional Forest Agreements  is being pushed as fast as possible by both Federal and state governments. 

Regional Forest Agreements will result in mass wildlife loss and a rapid increase in the rate of extinction. 

Published on Feb 21, 2018

'RFAs are agreements between governments not between the government, taxpayers and environmentalists. Greens Senator Janet Rice refers to RFAs as 'logging laws'.' Jack

Video - Logging Law Renewals and significance to NSW and Australia



Regional Forest Agreements are the mechanism for corporate control of Australian Native Forests.

 

Clear-felling of the carbon sink and the destruction of wildlife habitat occurs under the screen of 'sustainable logging'. This is utterly unsustainable. The signing away of Australia's public national native forest estate for over 2 decades commenced with the renewal of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement August 2017. 

The renewal of the NSW Regional Forest Agreements  is being pushed as fast as possible by both Federal and state governments. 

Regional Forest Agreements will result in mass wildlife loss and a rapid increase in the rate of extinction. 

Published on Feb 21, 2018

'RFAs are agreements between governments not between the government, taxpayers and environmentalists. Greens Senator Janet Rice refers to RFAs as 'logging laws'.' Jack

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Christine Milne to Speak at Urunga Dinner Feb 28, Save The Date

#christinemilnedinnerurunga

What: Christine Milne, retired Australian Greens leader, will launch her book, An Activist Life, at The Alternative Bookshop in Bellingen.

When: 5.30 PM, February 28th

Where: The Alternative Bookshop, top of Hyde St, Bellingen.

   AND

What: Christine Milne will sign books and speak at a dinner in her honour.

Smorgasbord including vegan and vegetarian options.

Where: C.ex Club (Urunga Golf Club) Urunga

When: From 7.00 PM,  February 28th

Cost: $30.00

Bookings Essential: secretary@mncg.nsw.greens.org.au or Phone C.ex Club Urunga Ph: 66556161



Video - Dawn Walker MP in State Parliament - Koalas in Gladstone Forest

Greens MP, Dawn Walker has called on the NSW Government to immediately halt logging in Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, which lies within one of the most significant Gumbaynggirr Storylines; the story of how the Koala came to be. This sacred land and water always has and always will hold cultural value to traditional owners and should not be logged for short term profit!






Video - Dawn Walker MP in State Parliament - Koalas in Gladstone Forest

Greens MP, Dawn Walker has called on the NSW Government to immediately halt logging in Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, which lies within one of the most significant Gumbaynggirr Storylines; the story of how the Koala came to be. This sacred land and water always has and always will hold cultural value to traditional owners and should not be logged for short term profit!






Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Greens call for Parliamentary Inquiry into the NSW Liberal/National Government’s Restructure Devastating Our National Parks

Mehreen Faruqi at Dorrigo National Park
Greens NSW MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has today given notice of a parliamentary inquiry into the restructure of the National Parks and Wildlife Service that is thinning out staff expertise with cuts to funding and jobs.

If established, the inquiry would examine:


1.      The extent of the restructure,

2.      The effect of restructures on the ability of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to fulfil its mission and objectives, including environmental conservation, protection of wildlife, invasive species management, fire management, visitor safety and amenity, environmental education and the protection of Aboriginal heritage, and

3.      The impact on economy, tourism and jobs in rural and regional areas.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Smith supports seafood country of origin labelling

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith says she supports legislation which would make country of origin information on seafood products compulsory.

"This legislation is in line with the foodie ethos in the Northern Rivers area where we have a strong interest in buying local food," said Tamara Smith.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Greens MP, Dawn Walker, joins local action to protect koalas in Gladstone State Forest


NSW Greens MP and Forests spokesperson, Dawn Walker joined community members and representatives from the Bellingen Environment Centre, on Monday (12 February), taking direct action to protect a mother and joey koala from logging operations in Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen.

"Forestry Corp is logging in the Gladstone State Forest. This is proven koala habitat and yet another forest in our Shire where destructive logging practices are impacting our water catchment, biodiversity and the lives of forest neighbours. Regional Forest Agreements are destroying our native forests. #RFAsNoWay #KoalasAreHereToStay" Dawn Walker

 







Nominate an outstanding campaigner or activist for the Climate Champion Awards


Nominate an outstanding campaigner or activist for the Climate Champion Awards

Our dear friend and long-time NSW Greens member John Davis worked tirelessly and passionately as a climate activist and film-maker before his tragic death in 2015. 

Last year we hosted a screening in NSW Parliament of John’s final project Coal: Is it Worth It  and acknowledged John’s activism by awarding him the inaugural NSW Climate Champion.

We want to continue to honour John’s legacy by recognising outstanding contributions to the campaign against coal and coal seam gas mining in NSW and for a safe climate future.  

The Climate Champion Awards recognise and celebrate people working on climate action in our community who are building the movement and having a positive impact for change.
Two awards will be presented in 2018:

Sunday, 11 February 2018

ENVIRONMENT GROUPS TO PROTEST AT LOGGING OPERATIONS IN GLADSTONE STATE FOREST

 Local environmentalists will hold a protest against Forestry Corporation logging on Sunny Corner road in  Gladstone State Forest, starting at first light Monday morning.

Premier Berejijlian and Environment Minister Upton have ignored pleas to protect koala habitat in Gladstone State Forest from logging says the Bellingen Environment Centre.

The Forestry Corporation is a rogue organisation smashing the laws of environmental protection and the EPA are a failed regulator who appears to have given up.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Regional Forest Agreements have failed NSW's forests: Greens

NSW Greens MP, Dawn Walker has branded the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) a 'failure' and called for them to be scrapped as part of the current review process.

"The RFAs have been a manifest failure by allowing over-logging in our precious forests, polluting waterways and destroying vital habitat for threatened species" said Dawn Walker, MP.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Backdoor bastardry as minister gives Rocky Hill coal mine a second chance

NSW Greens resources spokesman Jeremy Buckingham today said that Planning Minister Anthony Roberts decision to allow merits appeal for the proposed Rocky Hill coal mine near Gloucester was an act of bastardry that gave the mine a backdoor route to approval after the proponent GRL 
Resources filed an application to appeal the refusal of their mine in the Land and Environment Court before Christmas.
Normally the Planning Minister instructs the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) to hold a ‘public hearing’, which under the Act extinguishes the right to file for a merits review of the planning decision with the courts – limiting appeals to procedural review only.  However, in the case of the Rocky Hill coal mine, the minister did not instruct the PAC to hold a public hearing and therefore merits review is accessible.

Four koala deaths in four weeks at Meerschaum Vale

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, has seen evidence that four koalas have died in the past four weeks at Meerschaum Vale, near the construction of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

"I am saddened and appalled at the loss of Ballina's koalas, not through disease but as a result of traffic and the disruption caused by highway construction," said Ms Smith.

"One koala was run over by a vehicle near the Eaton's Quarry site, one died as a result of not being able to find enough food near the Thurgates Lane site, a joey died after its mother went missing by Wardell Rd and another died after wandering onto farmland where koalas have not been seen for 20 years.

Make a submission against the failed Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs)

 
The Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) are failing our native forests by allowing over-logging and the loss of vital habitat for threatened species.

The NSW and Australian governments are required to review the RFAs every 5 years to assess their progress regarding ecologically sustainable forest management. Make a submission to let them know that the RFAs are failing our forests!

[Click here to read more about the submission]



http://www.dawnwalker.org.au/regional_forest_agreements

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Searching for Adani - fly on the wall documentary with Greens MPs Jeremy Buckingham & Dawn Walker

Be a fly on the wall as two Greens MPs travel in search of the site of the giant Adani coal mine in central Qld. Dawn Walker, MP and I went on an epic journey involving helping blockade construction of a coal railway, being confronted by Adani security, and getting arrested by Queensland police. We visited farmers, Traditional Owners, and climate activists to find out what they think about the proposed Adani mine.


Want to get involved? Here are five things you can do to help Stop Adani:
1. Take Direct Action, get up to Queensland to help with the blockade.
2. Donate to the Adani blockade.
3. Join a local Stop Adani group
4. Request a free Stop Adani sticker
You can also share the video on Facebook to help spread the word by sharing this video with friends and family.
Stop Adani!
Jeremy Buckingham
P.S. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to catch all my videos.
Jeremy Buckingham MLC



Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9230 2202 | Fax: 02 9230 3341 | Twitter: @greensjeremy | facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeremybuckingham

Friday, 22 December 2017

Government budget cuts lock poorer students out of university

Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young has slammed the Government for forcing young people out of university by pushing $2.1 billion in cruel cuts to higher education through the backdoor.

"This Government is preventing young people from low-income families from improving their lot in life and furthering their education. Capping places and upping university fees will do nothing but price people out of an education," Senator Hanson-Young said.

Dark day for river communities and Murray Darling Basin

Today is a dark day for the Murray Darling Basin in light of Queensland national MP David Littleproud taking on the water portfolio, and Victoria and NSW attempting to block delivering 450GL of desperately-needed environmental water, as previously agreed upon.

"South Australians who have been crying out for a change, and for the environmental needs of the Murray Darling Basin have been let down today by the Federal, Victorian and NSW governments," Greens water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Senator Di Natale's response to Treasurer's Cuts December 18, 2017


"Today, the government announced they will be making $2.1 billion cuts to higher education - forcing young people out of university, hitting them with debt, and making it harder to find a job. Here is my response to the Treasurer’s nasty cuts. 


Today, the government has made huge cuts that will unfairly targeting young people, struggling families and new arrived migrants in their mini end of year budget.

These cruel cuts will axe $2.1 billion from education alone.

This announcement shows just who this government cares about, and it is not young people.

These budget cuts will affect students the most - hitting them with a higher debt, forcing them out of university, and making it even harder to find a job. This government's agenda  is based on making the wealthy even wealthier, while the rest of the country suffers.


We are calling on Labor and the senate crossbench to hold firm and not support the lowering of the HECs repayment threshold. We want students to have the opportunity to learn, develop skills and make a meaningful contribution to society.

We believe that now, more than ever, is the time to invest in young people.

This government’s end of year budget is mean-spirited and takes us in the wrong direction.
Together we can demand a different future.

Richard Di Natale"

Friday, 15 December 2017

The Northern Star: Should the Forestry Corporation pay council rates?

Dust from truck, Tarkeeth Forest operation
'The working party is calling on the NSW Government to "abolish the rate exemption that currently applies to operational land managed and worked by the Forestry Corporation of NSW”.

It also wants the government to "introduce a system for transport infrastructure contributions by forestry corporations to address the ongoing infrastructure maintenance, upgrade and renewal needs of council roads”.

"This is specifically to address the roads, bridges, culverts and drainage infrastructure impacted upon by forestry operations, especially but not limited to heavy forestry vehicles,” the working party report states.

"The Forestry Corporation of NSW, a state owned corporation, manages over 2000 square kilometres of pine plantation in NSW, but does not pay any rates on these land holdings.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Greens MPs arrested at blockade of Adani mine site in outback Queensland

This morning NSW Greens MPs Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker were arrested by Queensland police after taking part in a blockade of the Adani Carmichael coal mine rail construction site at Belyando, 270km west of Bowen.  The MPs were arrested at 6:35am along with a dozen other climate activists and charged with trespass unlawfully on a place of business.

Photos and video footage of the arrests are available for download here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1YJBm5K1odoQfIKZYaaOYa7418XGEHBXj

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said:


“I’m proud to stand with activists in defence of climate and country, and represent all those people around Australia and internationally who want to stop the Adani coal project,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
 
“Although we are MPs from NSW this is an issue of national and international significance. Adani represents a line in the sand for all those concerned about climate change who do not want to see a new coal precinct opened up in Australia. 

Barnaby may be back, but door to water ministry must stay closed

The Australian Greens are renewing calls for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to keep the keys to the Water Ministry out of the hands of Barnaby Joyce and the Nationals.

“Just because Barnaby Joyce has settled his citizenship blunder and has been returned to Parliament, does not mean we can forget the stuff up after stuff up at the helm of the Water Ministry,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Barnaby Joyce this morning told his party room that he wants a ‘reset’, but he simply doesn’t deserve one. The Greens will not forget the mess he has made of the water portfolio and the Murray Darling Basin, and river communities will not forgive.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Greens NSW MP Visits Coffs Harbour for White Ribbon Day and to Discuss Forestry

Mehreen Faruqi, Greens MP, visited the Coffs Coast on November 25 to speak at a White Ribbon Event. Mehreen Faruqi's responsibilities as a Greens NSW spokesperson include The Environment and Status of Women. She also took the opportunity to discuss various local issues with residents at a meeting in Bellingen.

Dr Faruqi said:

‘The controversial harvesting practices of the NSW Forestry Corporation are certainly a local issue. Nearby forest neighbours are exposed to smoke pollution from the practice of burning off forest remnants after clear-felling practices. The toxic effects of smoke pollution are well known. The affected residences were present long before the so called ‘plantations’ were established.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Choose Love

The Senate has passed the Marriage Equality bill! Next stop, the House of Representatives.

On November 29, the Senate has passed the Marriage Equality bill (43 votes to 12 votes). We are so close to making this law!
And thankfully, after hours of debate across the past three days, the Senate voted down ALL of the nasty amendments proposed by Liberals, Nationals, One Nation and the Liberal Democratic Party.

It’s clear that, across the chamber, the majority of senators from all sides of politics have heard that the Australian people want marriage equality in law. 

From here, the bill goes to the House of Representatives next week. This is an unusually long delay for such a significant piece of legislation -- normally it would go straight to the lower house as soon as it has been voted on in the Senate -- for which we can hold Malcolm Turnbull responsible.

Last week, PM Turnbull cancelled the House of Representatives’ sitting week in an act of pure political desperation, which means we will have to wait until next week for this to happen.

That’s it from us this week on the Marriage Equality bill. Next week we’ll keep you updated as the bill is introduced and debated in the House of Representatives.

Thank you for standing for equality and for love. We’re almost there!

Richard & Janet

PS – If you are wondering how the Marriage Equality bill becomes law after it passes the House of Representatives, check out the handy 10 step guide we made earlier this week (we are up to step 5).

Greens NSW MP Visits Coffs Harbour for White Ribbon Day and to Discuss Forestry

Mehreen Faruqi, Greens MP, visited the Coffs Coast on November 25 to speak at a White Ribbon Event. Mehreen Faruqi's responsibilities as a Greens NSW spokesperson include The Environment and Status of Women. She also took the opportunity to discuss various local issues with residents at a meeting in Bellingen.

Dr Faruqi said:

 
‘The controversial harvesting practices of the NSW Forestry Corporation are certainly a local issue. Nearby forest neighbours are exposed to smoke pollution from the practice of burning off forest remnants after clear-felling practices. The toxic effects of smoke pollution are well known. The affected residences were present long before the so called ‘plantations’ were established.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Video on dying Darling River goes viral

A video explaining the dire predicament of the Darling River has gone viral on social media with 236,000 views within in less than 2 days, indicating great public concern about the state of the Darling River and over allocation of water to upstream irrigators. 




Monday, 27 November 2017

Senator Di Natale's address to the Australian Greens National Conference


Senator Richard Di Natale's address to the 25th Anniversary Australian Greens National Conference on Sunday 19 November 2017


  I want to begin this article, which marks the 25th anniversary of  the Australian Greens, by celebrating the many people, the many movements and the many campaigns that have enabled the Australian Greens to emerge on the national stage and fundamentally change this country from both inside and outside our Parliaments this last quarter century.

We know that organisations like ours don’t just emerge from thin air. Our party is forged from a number of movements.

The environment movement with the history of the United Tasmania Group springing out of Lake Pedder and Franklin River; The peace and nuclear disarmament movement, particularly in the west where Jo Vallentine emerged as the first Greens WA senator; The workers movements in New South Wales, fighting with the community to preserve urban environments for future generations against big money development and powerful political interests.

These are the strands that were weaved into the Greens four pillars: ecological sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy and peace and nonviolence. They stand as relevant and vital today as when they were first designed.

Read the full address in Green Magazine

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Mehreen Faruqi wins Greens NSW Senate Preselection top spot


I’m honoured that Greens NSW members have selected me to be their lead Senate candidate at the next Federal election. I am so thankful to members for their support and the confidence they have put in me. 

I am so proud of our grassroots preselection process and thank the other candidates, Lee, Rachael and Abigail.

I’ve worked alongside Lee since I took up my role in NSW parliament and pay tribute to Lee for all the work she's done for the party and progressive politics. I really look forward to building on this legacy of the NSW Greens.

 

Friday, 24 November 2017

Senate must reject plan to plunge Murray-Darling into further crisis

The Australian Greens have slammed the New South Wales and Federal Liberal-National Party Governments and the Murray Darling Basin Authority for turning a blind eye to rampant water theft that has devastated river communities.

"It's a travesty that greedy corporate irrigators are taking more than they need upstream and leaving downstream communities high and dry, on the watch of the NSW and Federal Governments and the Murray Darling Basin Authority. This is real, it is happening now, and it needs to be seriously addressed," Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said.

GREENS CALL ON WOOLWORTHS TO PUT PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS AND PHASE OUT POKIES IN NSW

As the Woolworths AGM meets in Melbourne today, data purchased by The NSW Greens from NSW Liquor and Gaming has revealed Woolworths abandons it's 'family friendly' supermarket image by making hundreds of millions in profit from poker machines in its NSW hotels in 2016-17 alone [1].

Woolworths-owned hotel operate 1461 pokies across NSW, nearly the same amount as the Star Casino [2]. There are three Woolworths-owned hotels in the list of top 25 pokies profit venues in NSW, all of them located in the pokies-dense area of Fairfield in Western Sydney.

NSW Greens MLC Justin Field said, "I think the average Mum and Dad Woolworths shareholder would be shocked at their deep investment in poker machines at casino-like levels.

BEREJIKLIAN GOVERNMENT GIFTS TENS OF MILLIONS TO FOREIGN PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AT THE EXPENSE OF NSW HOME BUYERS

Gladys Berejiklian has back flipped on a key budget measure by allowing foreign-owned developers based in Australia to apply for exemptions from new land tax and stamp duty surcharges.

The State Revenue Legislation Amendment (Surcharge) Bill passed this afternoon in NSW Parliament today provides refunds and blanket exemptions for foreign investors who own Australian-based businesses.

Greens MLC and Treasury spokesperson Justin Field said the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government had just given an early Christmas gift, worth tens of millions at least, to the property development lobby.

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