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

Sunday, 28 December 2014

PM Abbott as Minister for Women only deepening inequality

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott has revealed himself as small-minded in both the climate debate and his view of women, after claiming his greatest achievement as the Minister for Women has been abolishing the carbon price, because "women are particularly focussed on the household budget."

"He might as well have said his greatest achievement was to help women buy a better iron so they can stay home and iron more often," said Senator Milne.

Newcastle rail delivered a Christmas reprieve by Save our Rail's court action

In a victory for the rule of law, and plain common sense, the NSW Coalition government has been delivered a stinging rebuke through Save our Rail's Supreme Court action to protect the Newcastle rail corridor. In a genuine David and Goliath court battle, Save our Rail today successfully argued that the Coalition government could not tear up the rail line without first obtaining parliamentary approval.

Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

"The arrogance and contempt that the NSW Coalition government has shown the
people of Newcastle has brought them unstuck in the Supreme Court today.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Overwhelming community opposition to TAFE privatisation is well justified

A marginal seats poll conducted for the NSW Teachers Federation showing 59 per cent of voters oppose the privatisation of TAFE funding demonstrates the failure of the Baird government's propaganda campaign, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('TAFE funding: NSW election battle looms over private education providers
after Herald Ipsos poll', Sydney Morning Herald, 8 December, brief at page
8, full story on line at http://j.mp/smh141208)

Appalling mental health funding uncertainty must end

Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright says the Abbott Government must urgently guarantee funding for vital mental health services, as organisations report losing staff due to uncertainty<http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s4144040.htm>.

"The Abbott Government has the final report of the National Mental Health Commission's review of mental health services and they should release this without delay to end the uncertainty for the sector," Senator Wright said.

The Drum Story: Country patients forgotten in the big smoke

"For country patients like me, having accommodation near health services in the city is vital, but neither the hospitals nor the state government seem to think we matter, writes Linda Samera."

"None of the major hospitals in Sydney have their own on-site country patient accommodation anymore. All of them say there really isn't the need but, funnily enough, country people still sleep in cars or sell their homes so they can afford to be in Sydney to get essential medical care that they absolutely cannot get in their home town."


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