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

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Taxpayers and state governments will be left with a mine clean-up bill worth billions of dollars

New industry report confirms global coal demand in terminal structural decline

Taxpayers and state governments will be left with a mine clean-up bill worth billions of dollars

Greens release plan to transition thousands of jobs and fund rehabilitation costs

The Greens have today released a plan to deal with the structural decline in Australia’s coal export sector, in response to a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis that confirms the sector is in terminal decline.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Medicare review necessary and long overdue: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today welcomed the review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule but cautioned that all savings must be reinvested into health.

"The Greens don't support reducing government spending on health by one dollar - but we do support ensuring that every dollar is spent wisely," said Senator Di Natale.

"The government currently funds many tests and medical interventions that provide little value and expose patients to potential harms.

"I called for a clinician-led review of medical interventions six months ago and raised it with Sussan Ley shortly after she became Health Minister.

"This is where health reform should have begun, instead of trying to shift costs onto patients and the states through Medicare co-payments and cuts to hospital funding.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Greens call on Turnbull & Truss to recall radicalisation booklet

"This booklet is so tainted by Tony Abbott's politics of fear it should be shredded. Malcolm Turnbull has got to assert his leadership and declare Abbott's culture wars are over," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Australians who care about our incredible natural environment should be congratulated, not silenced, abandoned and demonised as they have been by this Liberal Government.

"To imply  that exercising a legitimate democratic right and calling for environmental protection is a gateway to violent extremism is breathtaking.

"Using the politics of fear to silence civil society is a dangerous abuse of power, and Mr Turnbull should put a stop to it.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Domestic violence package a good first step but housing and legal service funding shortfalls remain

The Australian Greens welcome the Federal Government's announcement of funding for domestic violence training, services and prevention today, though long-term secure increased funding for services is still required.

"The announcement today is testament to the months and months of advocacy led by Rosie Batty that has put this national emergency firmly on the public agenda," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

PM's first week sees cuts to polio eradication funding

With the world on the cusp to become polio free, the Greens have have expressed their dismay at the
Australian government's cut to polio eradication funding by half.

"The Global Polio Eradication Initiative was started by an Australian in response to the worldwide tragedy that is polio," said Greens spokesperson for international aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon.

Federal takeover would push TAFE NSW out of the frying pan into the fire

 Proposal for the federal takeover of skills education funding would push TAFE in NSW even closer to privatisation, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('Education revolution', Sydney Morning Herald, 23 September, page 1, http://j.mp/smh150923VET)

Dr Kaye said: "Federal governments, both Labor and Liberal-National, have been even worse news for TAFE than their state colleagues.

ABC: Interview with Greens Buckingham re Great Koala Park

NSW Greens step up lobbying for Great Koala National Park

Coffs Coast Koala
Photo: Koala on the ground, Mid North Coast NSW (M.Bell)
The NSW Greens plan to increase pressure on the Turnbull Government to try and get a koala conservation area on the Mid North Coast.
Australia should become a powerhouse, an economic super power, for ecological development and tourism
Jeremy Buckingham, NSW Greens
A proposed Great Koala National Park would see 315,000 hectares of public land inland from Coffs Harbour, set aside to protect core threatened species habitat.

Letter re TAFE closures Maclean and Trenayr

Dear Sir

We believe the North Coast TAFE Institute Director has written to her staff in response to last week’s reports about proposed asset sales. These reports were based on a Cabinet document that was leaked to Greens MP John Kaye.

With regard to Trenayr she admits that staff will be relocated to Grafton. However she then states the Institute is still seeking options for repurposing or mothballing the site. But the Cabinet document states that the full site at Trenayr will be sold for a return of $1.85 million. And so TAFE will lose a purpose-built facility that should be used for the development of expertise for critical sectors of the rural economy.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Clarence Election NSW 2015 result.

Janet Cavanaugh
An increased vote for Greens of 2.3% from 2011 election although there was another 'anti coal seam gas candidate' gaining 5.12% of vote. A drop in National Party vote of 12.64%.

Go to http://vtr.elections.nsw.gov.au/la-home.htm#la/clarence/fp for the latest results.


Saturday 28 March 2015

State Electoral District of Clarence

First Preference Votes for each Candidate - Initial Count

Electors Enrolled as on 29/03/2015: 54,474
Vote Summary
Candidate Representation Formal Votes % Total Formal Votes
GULAPTIS NP 16,781 50.16%
ORDISH CDP 818 2.45%
GILBERT CLP 9,414 28.14%
ROBINSON IND 586 1.75%
NOVAK IND 1,714 5.12%
ROBINS IND 756 2.26%
CAVANAUGH GRN 3,079 9.20%
33,454 100.00%

Note: In November 2011 byelection the Gulaptis vote was 56.8% and the Greens vote was 7.0%.

First Preference Votes 2011 election

Election NightCheck CountCheck Count & Dec

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Labor votes with Liberals, Nationals against Senate motion on CSG and political donations

Where is Labor on many issues?
Labor has voted with the Liberals and Nationals to block a Senate motion that detailed their failure to return all the political donations that they have received from the CSG company Santos and that calls for a ban on political donations from mining and coal seam gas companies.

"It is deeply disappointing that Labor has refused to back a ban on political donations from mining and coal seam gas companies," said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

Video: Don't just change the channel. Change your vote. Vote 1 Greens.

In Clarence, put the Nationals last.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Greens tackle long-term and youth unemployment

The Greens NSW announced today a fully-funded $2.75 billion local infrastructure program to create up to 15,000 new high quality jobs and training opportunities, many of them targeted at the long-term and young unemployed.

The money would be spent through local councils and Aboriginal organisations to build and refurbish community infrastructure, including storm-water works, rural bridge and road repair, childcare centres and preschools, sewage systems and bike paths.

The Greens have shown how $20 billion can be raised for these and other projects without privatising electricity transmission and distribution. The loan can be serviced and repaid by additional revenue raised from reinstating the vendors duty on property speculators and higher tax rates on poker machines in highly profitable clubs, along with maintaining duties on large business transactions.

15 March 2015

CSG license buy-back extension a pathetic con: Greens

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said that the Government’s announcement that they intend to extend the coal seam gas buy-back scheme until 30 June 2015 was a pathetic response to widespread community concerns, a waste of taxpayers’ money and an attempt to con voters who are outraged at the NSW Government Gas Plan.

“This is a pathetic response to the community outrage at the Government’s Gas Plan and its intention to turn large areas of NSW into toxic gasfields,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“It is also a gross waste of taxpayers’ money, as these licenses can and should be cancelled without compensation.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Greens NSW policy initiative Rebuilding Landcare

Landcare in NSW is in crisis. Successive Labor and Coalition governments have cut the funding and infrastructure support available to support local groups. Federally, the Coalition have ripped nearly half a billion dollars out of Landcare and in NSW the move to embed Landcare in Local Land Services has seen volunteers mired in bureaucracy and increasingly ignored.
According to Landcare NSW, they are seeing increasing reports of Landcare organisations losing staff, with some facing closure as they are simply no longer sustainable. 

Landcare is one of the most important volunteer networks in the country. There are 60,000 Landcarers in NSW, with 93 percent of farmers practising Landcare and 73 percent of farmers who identify as belonging to the Landcare movement. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

How to vote - the paperless option

"Voting this week?

For your digital How-to-Vote Greens guide visit:

Who likes paper-based HTVs?

Greens candidate for Clarence certainly doesn't and would like to get rid of them completely.

Here's one alternative: go to htv.greens.org.au.

Another would be to have a fixed display in each booth.

Save paper and reduce the stress of election day.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Fund TAFE First: Greens paint alternative vision to training privatisation

The Greens announced today that they will be moving to protect TAFE's public funding from competition and slash fees, in a $900 million boost to the public provider’s annual secure budget. 

Under the Greens' "Fund TAFE First" replacement for the Baird government's "Smart and Skilled", the public provider would have first access to all funds for each course that it teaches or could teach.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Nationals using smoke and mirrors to confuse voters says 'Gasfield Free Northern Rivers'.

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers have voiced their disappointment at the failure of the four northern rivers national party MPs to be honest with regional voters and explain clearly that their ‘gas plan’ does not protect the region from gasfield development.
Regional Coordinator for Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, Elly Bird said, “The Nationals are trying to pull the wool over our eyes. We've seen it time and time again. Election hopefuls making empty promises, spinning the truth, and blaming the other party.
The National Party’s current Northern Rivers MPs have clearly shown they won't represent our community in Sydney. Their electioneering is nothing but spin, it's smoke and mirrors.
The truth is the Nationals just aren't willing to go to the same lengths as the Greens, Labor and Independents are. We're tired of hearing that it's all Labor's fault. We want to know exactly what they are going to do to protect the Northern Rivers from invasive gasfields.

Taxpayers should not fund bail-out bill for small coal seam gas companies

The Greens NSW mining and coal seam gas spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said that with public opinion set against coal seam gas and the oil price in the doldrums, the Baird Government should not be using taxpayers money to bail-out small coal gas companies whose existing licenses are essentially worthless.
"There is a conga line of small players cashing out of the coal seam gas game.  It's clear the industry has no future in NSW, so they are taking handfuls of taxpayers’ money on the way out the door,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

Monday, 9 March 2015

PEL cancellation too little too late

The Greens have criticised the Government’s announcement that two Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELs) held by Clarence Moreton Resources Pty Ltd will be cancelled.

Greens candidate for Clarence, Janet Cavanaugh said:

“This announcement is too little, too late. It is merely tinkering around the edges. 

“The timing is just cynical electioneering. Both PELs expired in 2012 and could have been cancelled at any time. 

“I am concerned that the Government is wasting taxpayers money on this electioneering stunt. Under the Petroleum Onshore Act*, no compensation is payable for the cancellation or suspension of exploration licences. 

“Why is the Government paying off their mates in the mining industry? 

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Small communities: check where you can vote this year

Janet Cavanaugh outside the Whiporie Hall

Whiporie loses its booth – who else is at risk of being left out? 


Greens candidate for Clarence and Whiporie local, Janet Cavanaugh, has demanded the reinstatement of the Whiporie polling booth at this year’s state election.

‘I was shocked when I heard that Whiporie is not listed as a polling place for the election this month,’ Ms Cavanaugh said. ‘There are several other booths where the vote was lower.’

‘The loss of the Whiporie polling place is not yet widely known in my community. If the booth is not reinstated, the NSW Electoral Commission needs to take the effort to notify the whole community and inform us of the alternatives. 

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Schools, hospitals and social housing with no privatisation

The Greens have released plans for investing $20 billion in public infrastructure by restoring taxes on property speculators and high-profit clubs, and without privatisation of public assets.

Greens candidate for Clarence, Janet Cavanaugh said: “Until now the voters of Clarence have been confronted with the false choice between losing control over the state’s electricity industry or living with outdated schools and hospitals, inadequate social housing and public transport, and increasing isolation.
“Because the Greens are prepared to stand up to the vested interests, we can find the money to invest in our hospitals and schools, and in social housing without privatising the wires and poles.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Greens Forestry Policy - Protecting our Forests for the Future

For our environment, our economy and for our society it is well and truly time we stopped logging native forest on our public lands. 

Our native forest estate is a priceless environmental asset that needs to be managed for everyone, so that our environment is protected, taxpayers benefit and more people can have more access to these beautiful places.

State forests include some of the most important and biodiverse areas in New South Wales, such as the Gardens of Stone State Forest in the Blue Mountains, Wedding Bells State Forest on the mid north coast and Tanja State Forest on the far south coast.

With the end of logging we can save tax-payers millions, greatly improve environmental protection and provide far more access for recreational and sensitive ecotourism access to some of the state’s most beautiful natural places.

"In 2014 NSW tax payers lost $12 million dollars by logging 23,807 hectares of native forest in our State Forests." (Forestry Corporation 2013-14 Sustainability Supplement page 26).

Friday, 27 February 2015

A super system for everyone, not just the rich

The Greens have announced a new policy to make superannuation more equitable and raise $10 billion over the forward estimates.  'A super system for everyone' will replace the current flat superannuation tax rate of 15% with a progressive system that is closely based on a person's marginal income tax rate.

"Superannuation in Australia has become a tax haven for the wealthy. It should be a way of delivering a comfortable retirement for everyone," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"The superannuation system is being rorted by the mega rich, who can drastically reduce their tax by funnelling money into super that would normally be taxed at the highest marginal rate.

Greens support electrical workers right to strike

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has been hauled before the Fair Work Commission in an attempt to terminate lawfully protected industrial action as workers fight to secure their jobs in the face of the imminent privatisation of the electricity network.

The NSW Treasurer has joined with state-owned power distributors Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy in applying to stop a planned 4-hour stoppage on 3 March 2015, even though the union has promised its members will still respond to all power outages, interruptions to supply, and emergency situations.

Greens MP and Industrial Relations Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

"This anti-union action by the Treasurer and state-owned power companies is part of a sustained attack on workers' rights, which are more needed than ever if we are to halt the privatisation agenda of the Coalition.

Police bugging report calls for complete overhaul of police and covert surveillance oversight

The Parliamentary Inquiry into the police bugging scandal has today handed down its final report recommending sweeping changes to both the structure of police oversight and the system for obtaining covert surveillance warrants in NSW.

This is the first time that a public report has detailed why covert listening warrants targeting senior police, and at least one journalist, were obtained by the NSW Police and NSW Crime Commission from 1999 to 2001 after being rubber-stamped by the Supreme Court.

Liberal internal woes highlight need for political donation reform

The Australian Greens say today's report that the Liberal Party is facing a funding crisis as a spin off from its internal disputes is yet another  reason why we need far reaching reforms on political donations.

"There is always legitimate concern about the pressure on parties to chase large donations and deliver for their donors particularly when Liberal MPs report that it is 'very, very hard' to raise money for the next election,"  said Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Greens urge voters: "Vote for TAFE"

Queensland and Victorian voters have rejected the Liberals and National parties’ savage treatment of TAFE. It’s the turn of NSW voters next month.

Greens candidate for Clarence, Janet Cavanaugh, today supported calls by Greens NSW MP and Education spokesperson John Kaye for the community to protect the future of TAFE when voting in next month’s state election.

Janet Cavanaugh at Grafton TAFE
“Queensland and Victorian voters recently rejected the Liberals and National parties’ short-sighted agenda of privatising public assets and essential public services like TAFE,” Ms Cavanaugh said. “It’s the turn of NSW voters next month.

“In talking to the community, it is clear that the cuts to TAFE’s budget and staff, the massive increases in student fees, and the ever-increasing flow of public money to dodgy private training providers are deeply unpopular with voters.

“The four TAFE colleges in Clarence — at Casino, Grafton, Maclean and Trenayr — have suffered greatly in the past 5 years. First Labor savagely cut the TAFE budget in half. Then the NSW Liberal-National Government deleted courses, pushed students into online training and cut more than 1110 staff statewide.

“The Greens are calling for all cuts made since 2010 to be reversed,” she said.

Dr Kaye said: “The NSW Government's Reskilling NSW package, while finally acknowledging the appalling damage they have done to TAFE, goes nowhere near restoring TAFE's viability or re-creating the opportunities for education and training that have been lost.

"When averaged over 200,000 scholarships, the $48 million it promises provides only $240 per student.

"It's hard to see what TAFE can provide at that rate, given the funding cuts it has already sustained due to the introduction of the Liberals and Nationals’ Smart and Skilled training market.

“NSW Labor's policy of abolishing Smart and Skilled is a good start but voters should be wary. Labor is still committed to high fees and a training market that can eat up 30% of TAFE's funding.

“When they were in office, Labor stripped $1 billion out of TAFE’s budget and it was the federal Gillard Government that forced NSW to sign up to the competitive market.

“The Greens restate our commitment to work to end the public funding of private providers where a particular course can be offered by TAFE.

Dr John Kaye with Janet Cavanaugh outside Grafton TAFE

 “However, our priority is to stop Smart and Skilled from destroying TAFE. If we can't stop the scheme entirely, we would limit non-TAFE providers to 20% of public funding, ban any public funds for new non-TAFE providers and prohibit any public funding of for-profit training providers.

“Queensland and Victoria have voted to rescue TAFE from oblivion. On 28 March, NSW will get its turn to vote for TAFE,” said Dr Kaye.


For more information: 
John Kaye 0407 195 455
Janet Cavanaugh 0429 479 968

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Greens move to ban plastic bags in NSW

The Greens have announced they will introduce legislation in the new parliament to ban single-use plastic bags in NSW.
Going shopping? Janet Cavanaugh with a
re-usable bag she purchased in Yamba

Greens candidate for the seat of Clarence, Janet Cavanaugh, today confirmed that the Greens intend to introduce legislation after the election for NSW to finally put a stop to the environmental catastrophe that is single-use plastic bags. 

According to Ms Cavanaugh, NSW is lagging behind several other states that have already adopted this measure to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic

“South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT have successfully banned lightweight plastic bags,” she said. “There is no excuse for NSW to still allow them, and I call on the Labor and Liberal parties to support this ban.

Some individual communities already have bans in place or are working to reduce plastic bag use. 

“I applaud the Yamba community for their EcoBag and Borrow Me Bag initiatives, and the participating Yamba businesses,” she said. 

“Unfortunately the problem is too big for it to be solved one community at a time, particularly when a major supermarket has chosen not to join in. 

“An estimated 50 million plastic bags end up in the environment each year in Australia, mostly in our waterways and ocean, where they kill and injure dolphins, turtles and other marine life,” Ms Cavanaugh said.

The Greens’ legislation will introduce a plastic bag ban by the end of 2015 and be similar to other states’ laws, which ban lightweight shopping bags being given out or sold by retailers to customers to carry away goods. The ban will focus on plastic bags of less than 35 microns, which includes single-use, lightweight bags such as grocery bags with handles, and other bags used to carry away products such as take away food or alcohol.

“It is an issue I am personally committed to: I have been advocating a plastic bag ban for many years.

“As well as preventing the death of thousands of marine animals, a plastic bag ban would help reduce overall plastic consumption and our reliance on fossil fuels,” she said.

“When South Australia introduced their ban in 2009, people very quickly changed their behaviours and brought their own bags to the supermarket — something many people in Clarence already do,” said Ms Cavanaugh.

“There are plenty of alternatives to plastic bags available for businesses and consumers, so it is time to get on with a ban. Some national retailers, such as Aldi and Bunnings, already operate effectively without plastic bags. There is no reason other supermarkets and shops couldn't adopt similar practices throughout the state,” Ms Cavanaugh said.

Janet Cavanaugh wrote an opinion piece on banning free plastic bags that was published in the Daily Examiner in early 2009.



A number of jurisdictions have already banned plastic shopping bags, including South Australia in 2009, the ACT and NT in 2011 and Tasmania in 2013.
The Greens’ bill to ban plastic shopping bags in New South Wales will:
  • minimise the number of plastic bags entering waterways and the marine environment, and reduce harm to marine animals
  • reduce consumption of plastic products
  • encourage more sustainable packaging solutions using reusable and biodegradable alternatives to plastic
  • support the community’s aspiration for improving environmental sustainability.
  • reduce the visual impacts of plastic bag litter.

What bags would be affected?

Plastic bags of less than 35 microns thickness would be banned. This includes lightweight single use plastic bags such as grocery bags with handles and other lightweight bags used to carry away products from retailers, such as take away food or alcohol.

The following bags would not be included in the ban:
  • Barrier bags – the type dispensed from a roll to hold items such as loose fruit and vegetables
  • Heavier style retail bags – the type usually used by clothing and department stores
  • Sturdy bags designed for multiple use such as ‘green’ bags
  • Biodegradable compostable bags that meet the Australian Standard 4736-2006
  • Paper bags
  • Bin liners for purchase
  • Zip lock storage bags
  • Plastic bags that are an integral part of the packaging (such as bread, frozen foods, ice bags or bait bags).
  • Re-usable plastic bags
Some communities in NSW (e.g. Lord Howe Island, Kangaroo Valley, Huskisson on Jervis Bay, Manly and Yamba) have taken steps independently to reduce plastic bag use, either at a council level, or with the cooperation of local retailers and customers.

State-based regulation can help to accelerate this change, reduce consumption of plastic and reduce the entry of plastic bags into the environment.

Environmentally devastating

Plastic pollution is a major waste problem in NSW, contributing to landfill and polluting the state’s waterways, coastlines and oceans.
  • Australians use more than 4 billion plastic grocery-style bags each year.
  • An estimated 50 million of these bags enter the environment, blown from bins or landfill, and often ending up in waterways and the ocean.
  • It is estimated each bag is used just 12 minutes on average.
  • A plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to break down.
  • Plastic bag litter kills tens of thousands of birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles every year.
  • These bags are made from fossil fuels, a non-renewable resource that requires environmentally damaging mining and drilling to access.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Greens Back Koala National Park, But Koalas Need Protection Across The State

Greens NSW MP and Spokesperson for the Environment, Dr Mehreen Faruqi has backed the proposed Koala National Park in the Coffs Harbour but called for a more holistic approach to protecting koalas across the state.
Greens Forestry Spokesperson, David Shoebridge MLC, has also highlighted Labor’s role in removing koala habitat on the State’s mid north coast through signing wood supply agreements.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Greens Announce Clarence Candidate

Media Release

The Clarence Greens today confirmed that Janet Cavanaugh would be running as their candidate in next month’s State Election for the seat of Clarence.

A resident of the area for 25 years, Ms Cavanaugh has announced that her campaign will focus on the need for clean politics and also clean energy.

“It is time to clean up this state,” she said. “This election is an opportunity for the community to cast a vote of ‘no confidence’ against the corruption of the major parties.

“The Greens have a history of maintaining ethical stands across a range of issues,” Ms Cavanaugh stated. “By acting with integrity, the Greens offer a better way of doing politics — a way that is resulting in better outcomes for our community.

“The Greens have consistently opposed plans to privatise and undermine public services,” she said. “If elected, I'll work hard to defend our schools, TAFEs, hospitals, gaols, and our water and electrical networks from privatisation.

“Cleaning up our energy supply is linked to cleaning up our politics,” she said. “The major parties receive large donations from mining and gas companies — the same companies that are seeking licences or leases from the NSW Government to exploit the state’s resources.

“The Greens are advocating a statewide ban on unconventional gas as the risks are too great,” she said. “Our area’s economy relies on its natural resources for agriculture, fishing and tourism. It’s vital we keep them healthy into the future.

“Instead of risking our future with unconventional gas, we should be expanding our clean energy infrastructure and the jobs that come with it.

“I am standing as the candidate for Clarence because I believe we can change the future by protecting and building our region in a way our grandchildren will thank us for,” she said.


Contact: Janet Cavanaugh – 0429 479 968

Short biography

Janet Cavanaugh has lived in the Clarence for 25 years and her connections to the Clarence go back five generations. Living in Whiporie in the Richmond Valley and working in Grafton means she has a wide appreciation of both local government areas in the electorate.

Janet holds degrees in engineering, natural resources and environmental management. Working in the NSW public sector for 23 years has given her extensive experience in the operation of Government. She currently works as a planner, specialising in park management.

Janet joined The Greens in 1995 as a founding member of the Clarence Greens. She was the Greens candidate in 2011 in the state election and also the by-election that was held in that year.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Why police should not be investigating police

Stop Police

It is well and truly time that NSW had an independent police oversight body. The current system sees 99% of police complaints, and all critical incident reviews, undertaken by police. The various police oversight bodies are a tangled jurisdictional mess.

Currently the Ombudsman, Coroner’s Court, Police Integrity Commission and Police Internal Affairs all exercise overlapping powers, with each agency largely dependent on the initial evidence and investigation undertaken by police.

Greens offer to shift company tax burden

With ongoing confusion about Coalition leadership and the government's position on company tax and a big business levy, the Greens are prepared to consider a two-tiered company tax system, combined with stronger anti-avoidance measures.

"Business wants certainty and there's none to be found in the Liberal leadership. Regardless of who leads the government they have an opportunity to restructure company tax to make the big end of town pay its way," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A plan to phase out coal is prudent

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today questioned why the Labor and Liberal Parties were afraid to talk about the future of the thermal coal industry, saying the Greens were the only party willing to grapple with the issue of coal and climate change, and coal’s structural decline after launching the Greens policy for a managed phase out of coal.
“It’s clear that to avoid dangerous climate change we need to phase out thermal coal mining.  

Monday, 9 February 2015

Thousands of NSW residents tell Abbott and Pyne – ditch higher education cuts

 Two thousand New South Wales residents have joined the ‘1 Million Reasons’ campaign to send key crossbench Senators a postcard asking them to vote down the Coalition government’s higher education cuts.

Launched a month ago, already nearly six thousand Australians have joined the ‘1 Million Reasons’ campaign. Postcards signed by students, former students and their allies all across Australia have been sent to each of the six cross bench Senators.

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne would do well to listen to the tens of thousands of Australians who have spoken out against the Coalition’s elitist higher education bill over the past 10 months.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Greens commit to restoring Solitary Islands Sanctuary protections

Vernon & Faruqi (background) at C.H. jetty
The Greens have committed to making the health of our oceans a priority for the 2015 State Election calling for the restoration of full protections to the State’s marine sanctuary areas including in Solitary Islands Marine Park. 
Greens NSW MP and Marine Environment spokeswoman Dr Mehreen Faruqi was joined by Greens candidate for Oxley Carol Vernon, Craig Christie, Greens candidate for Coffs Harbour, Justin Field, Greens candidate for the Upper House, to announce the Greens election commitment today at Coffs Harbour.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Nationals sell soul to Santos & climate denier through donations

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today accused the National Party of selling their soul to coal seam gas company Santos and prominent climate denier Ian Plimer, after the release of political donation records by the Australian Electoral Commission.

  • Climate denier Ian Plimer donated $60,000 to the National Party

  • Santos donated $32,935 to the National Party and $155,525 to the Liberal Party 

    “It’s no wonder the National Party are peddling climate change denial, stifling renewable energy, and pushing coal seam gas when they are taking money from climate deniers and coal seam gas company Santos,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham. 

1.3 billion tonnes of coal mine approvals suicidal for the climate

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said the flurry of coal mine approvals in NSW was negligent and represented a suicidal attitude to climate change, and that the planning system needed to reform to account for the cumulative impact of the emissions from when NSW coal was burnt.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Nationals fail as a reluctant PAC approves mining in the heart of the Liverpool Plains

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has condemned the National Party for their utter failure to protect the Liverpool Plains, after the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) reluctantly agreed to approve the Chinese Government owned Shenhua Watermark coal mine but urged the government to undertake more detailed work to protect the fertile black soils of the Liverpool Plains.

“This mine approval is a disaster for the Liverpool Plains, the community will be devastated and I am angry that politicians have failed. The mine threatens some of the most fertile soils and best water resources in Australia,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Greens call for shake-up of private vocational education funding

Following further revelations of potential rorting by private, for-profit education providers, the
Australian Greens have called for the recently established Senate inquiry into private vocational education to consider a crackdown on private operators accessing government funding.

“Figures highlighted by the ABC showing that only 19 students from Evocca College graduated in 2012, despite the fact the college enrolled 14,000 that year, demonstrates the serious problem at the heart of the for-profit education industry,” Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Rhiannon said.

BTEX chemical nightmare spells end for AGL’s Gloucester fracking

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said that should pack up and leave the Gloucester Valley following the detection of highly toxic BTEX chemicals at about 10 times the background levels in their flowback water.  AGL have announced the voluntary suspension of their Waukivory pilot program following the pollution incident, but Mr Buckingham says this does not go far enough. 

“BTEX chemicals in the water are an absolute nightmare and the Greens want a permanent ban on coal seam gas and fracking in NSW.  Coal seam gas is unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

Climate change will hit Australia harder than the rest of the world.

This morning the CSIRO predicted temperature rises of up to 5.1 degrees in Australia by 2090. If we continue ‘business as usual’ Australia is set to cook at an even faster rate than the rest of the world.

Even as climate change threatens to hit Australia harder than the rest of the world, the Abbott Government is dragging us backwards.

 Please share our graphic with your networks and build public momentum for more action on climate change, not less. 

Over the weekend, while President Obama met with Prime Minister Modi in India to work towards a strong and ambitious agreement in Paris, Abbott was busy making Prince Philip - the Queen’s husband - a knight. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Greens & community win on coal seam gas as Santos deadline passes

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy today declared that the Greens, farmers and the community had won the debate over coal seam gas over the last four years saying the industry had been stopped in its tracked.  He cited Santos’ announcement yesterday that they would not proceed with the Narrabri coal seam gas project until the “back end of the decade”, as well as the expiry today of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NSW Government and Santos to fast-track the Narrabri coal seam gas project.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Fracking fluid water contamination means game over for coal seam gas

The Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said the communities worst fears had been realised, with the Environmental Protection Authority announcing they were investigating AGL's detection of fracking chemicals in ground water after recent hydraulic fracturing operations at Gloucester.  He repeated the Greens call for fracking and coal seam gas to be prohibited in NSW. 

“One of the great fears with coal seam gas is water contamination from fracking chemicals, and now it appears this fear has come true with AGL's fracking operations at Gloucester,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Marine Parks Essential For Healthy Oceans and Fishers

Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Oxley and Greens NSW Spokesperson for Fisheries and the Marine Environment, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC , have clarified the Greens’ position on marine parks and fishing.

Carol Vernon said:

“I, along with The Greens NSW recognise the rights of local communities and community-based groups to participate in planning and management of marine areas.  We also recognise the importance of sustainable commercial fishing to jobs and the economy, especially in regional NSW. 

“Balancing this is a need to protect our marine environments, both to ensure we protect our marine ecology as well as to ensure that there is enough fish for recreational and commercial fishers into the future.  

 “The Greens NSW supports the protection of fish habitat under ever increasing threats from poorly planned development, in some cases approved by state planning bodies. Poor forestry and agricultural practices also threaten fish habitat.

“The Greens NSW support Marine Parks as a way to preserve our marine environment as well as to ensure the fishing industry remains sustainable. In the same way we retain National Parks on land to protect our environment, we need a marine reserve system to protect our marine environment from threats. For example, Grey Nurse Sharks, a threatened species that congregates at Fish Rock, is under particular threat from the baited hooks of a small number of irresponsible recreational fishers.”


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