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

Friday, 31 October 2014

Echo NETDAILY Story: Labor includes Clarence Valley in CSG-free promise. Greens accuse ALP of an ad hoc approach to CSG.

"The Clarence Valley has now been included  in NSW Labor’s promise to declare the northern rivers a gas-free region.

After copping criticism last month when it failed to include the Clarence in its plan for a CSG northern rivers region, NSW Labor announced the inclusion today in Grafton.

The Greens have accused the ALP of taking an ad hoc approach to the issue."

Go to full story in Echo NETDAILY

Greens: No CSG mining anywhere in NSW

Friday, 24 October 2014

Decision on Coalpac tells mining: stop bullying communities

The rejection of Coalpac's plans for expansion is a fantastic win for the Lithgow community and the environment said NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"I commend those in the community who have been fighting a long battle against this expansion," said Senator Rhiannon.

"This decision leads the way for the protection of the stunning pagoda rock landforms and should be a sign to the mining industry - communities will not be worn down by your persistence.

"The bullying by the coal industry has to stop. Coalpac have had three attempts at trying to have this project approved.

Greens on Keppel Prince: Abbott government destroys jobs and investment

Responding to the decision by Keppel Prince to mothball its entire wind turbine division and lay off 100 workers, Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Abbott government has taken a wrecking ball to the industry that holds the best hope of providing future jobs and investment in Australia.

"The Abbott government is destroying jobs now and Australia's best hope of future investment beyond the mining boom in order to protect its billionaire mates in the coal industry," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

The Big Challenges for The Greens today: Video

The Big Issues for the Greens are:

There is absolutely no excuse, for weakening the Renewable Energy Target.

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Renewable Energy Target policy announced by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane adopts key recommendations from the discredited Warburton review and should be rejected by the Labor party.

“There is absolutely no reason, and no excuse, for weakening the Renewable Energy Target. The Labor Party must stand firm and reject this deal outright,” said Senator Milne.

“By accepting Dick Warburton’s ‘real 20%’ target and half of any new growth recommendations, the Abbott government has signed up to a discredited review that is based in a refusal to accept climate science.

Baird-Grant Government pursues further erosion of local democracy

In yet another attack on local democracy the NSW government is proposing legislation that would fundamentally alter the way that local council elections are elected.

The proposed law<http://bulletin/prod/parlment/nswbills.nsf/0/447fb9a302ec456fca257d7900165006/$FILE/b2014-073-d17-House.pdf> will allow the City of Sydney and any other Council the Government decides, to resolve to hold their local election exclusively by postal vote. This will erode the traditional Election Day turn out, disenfranchise a significant proportion of the voting population and favour wealthy candidates who can afford expensive direct mail campaigns.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Private college rorting set to get worse under Abbott government policy changes

Responding to reports today that private, for-profit education providers are targeting people with disabilities and the homeless in order to maximise government subsidies at the same time state governments are slashing funding for public TAFE's, Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"Private for-profit companies are engaging in cheap, grubby tactics when they target the most disadvantaged in our community, including young Australians with mental health issues, by offering them free laptops and iPads.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Coal provides just 1.2% of Qld jobs and threatens job-rich agriculture and tourism

The Australian Greens welcome The Australia Institute's report out today showing how overblown the coal industry's contribution to jobs is in Queensland.

"While the big mining companies and their spin machines would want us to believe otherwise, this report shows the coal industry only employs 1.2 per cent of the workforce in Queensland," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

"More Queenslanders work in the arts and recreation services than they do in the coal industry, and our biggest employers include health, education and retail.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Don’t rip up the Casino to Murwillumbah train line.

Adam Guise
Greens candidate for Lismore, Adam Guise will be attending the Byron Council meeting today to support community members calling for better public transport in the Northern Rivers.

In response to a motion before Byron Council urging council to support a rail trail,[1] community group Trains On Our Tracks have called for councillors to reject the proposal.[2]

Mr Guise said: "Our region lacks public transport. Bus services don't run on weekends and the risk for young people driving on our roads needs urgent attention.

Greens say rise in debt collectors and credit ratings complaints sounds warning on NSW energy future

An alarming increase in complaints against energy companies using debt
collectors, disconnections and credit ratings is an early warning that the
state may end up with energy ghettos, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('Energy affordability complaints hits new high: Ombudsman', Sydney Morning
Herald, 9 Oct, p. 2, http://j.mp/smh141009e)

The NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman's annual report (available at
http://j.mp/EWON2014) shows a 53 percent increase in complaints relating to
impacts on credit ratings from 2012/13 to 2013/14. Complaints relating to
disconnections for non-payments (+32 percent), debt collectors (+32
percent) and refused payment arrangements (+64 percent) also rose
alarmingly over the same period.


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