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

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).


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