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

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Baird-Grants's Infrastructure plan pushes discredited school privatisation models

Rally to protect TAFE
The NSW Liberal-National government's $20 billion pre-election cash-splash contains a number of nasty surprises for public education, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('New school designs, more private involvement in education, says Baird', Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November, page 5, http://j.mp/smh141126)

Dr Kaye said: "This is a plan that privatises public education, overcrowds schools and condemns TAFE to becoming an on-line provider.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Greens Save TAFE campaign: Plan B

Save TAFE rally at Kempsey
The Greens today announced their moves to limit the damage that the Smart and Skilled training market will do to TAFE.

The Greens first bill to stop Smart and Skilled and freeze the funding of private providers passed the Upper House but failed in the Lower House last week.

The Greens now accept that Smart and Skilled will be a reality for 2015 if the Baird government is re-elected but will be moving to stop it growing as it did in Victoria where TAFE has been residualised to just 27% of student enrolments.

Baird-Grant Government: Mining companies first, communities second say NSW Greens

Planning Minister Pru Goward has today announced planning reforms aimed at cutting in half the time it takes to assess mines and state significant development proposals.

The Greens NSW have criticised this decision to speed up planning approvals as yet another example of large scale developer and mining interests being prioritised and the Coalition breaking its core promise to return planning powers to local communities.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Shoddy biosecurity legislation by NSW National Party MPs would allow pests into Australia

Melon Farm horizontal
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham

The Greens NSW agriculture spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said the National Party had raised the white flag of surrender as it was revealed the government has deliberately dropped at least seven species from the pest list in the new biosecurity legislation, including one of the world’s top 100 pests, the African big-headed ant, without any explanation.  He called for the legislation to be withdrawn until after the election.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Asylum report a step in the right direction, refugee intake must be increased: Greens

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of Beyond the Boats: building an asylum and refugee policy for the long term, and called for cross-party support for a bill that would increase Australia's refugee intake.

"This report has some crucial, and very welcome, recommendations," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

New IPCC report unequivocal: coal is bad for humanity

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has backed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on its most comprehensive scientific assessment to date, which says we will stand no chance of preventing catastrophic warming if we do not leave the majority of the world's fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

"Coal is bad for humanity, and so is Tony Abbott's denial of global warming science," said Senator Milne.


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