Saturday, 21 July 2018

Anger from Approved Accommodation Providers Threatening State Govt with Class Action over new Short Term Holiday Letting laws

Byron Bay
Controversy heats up over the new Short Term Holiday Letting Laws with a Bill being successfully passed through the Lower House in June, which is up for voting in the Upper House from 14th August onwards.

A large group of Approved Accommodation Operators in the Byron Shire are angry at these proposed laws and plan to meet Tamara Smith, the State Member for Ballina, for a second time this Thursday at the Cavanbah Centre to discuss stopping the NSW Government’s proposed laws being passed in the Upper House.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Greens celebrate big win for western Sydney as waste incinerator finally refused

NSW Greens energy spokesman Jeremy Buckingham today said the decision by the Independent Planning Commission to refuse the proposed western Sydney waste to energy incinerator was a huge win for the residents of western Sydney and the lungs of all the people in Sydney. He called on the government to back the Greens bill to ban such incinerators within 15km of residential areas to secure clean air into the future. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Mid North Coast forests fell at the hands of Forests Corp which Leslie Williams so staunchly defends

Leslie Williams has received a golden bulldozer award for displaying utter disregard for the crisis in native forest logging in this electorate. Her National Party line is to turn a blind eye to reality and chant the mantra that industrial logging of native forests is done sustainably.  

Reblog - Criminalising Dissent: Turnbull’s Attack on Protesters and Journalists

Passed last Thursday, the Turnbull government’s espionage and foreign interference bill has established a series of draconian laws that further erode Australians’ civil rights, whilst taking particular aim at the already endangered right to freedom of speech.
Ostensibly designed to crackdown on the threat foreign adversaries pose, the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018 has introduced new foreign interference and sabotage offences, reformed secrecy crimes and brought in tougher penalties.

Read original article.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

If you’re ‘technology agnostic’ you’re committing a climate crime: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the myth peddled by Malcolm Turnbull and the ACCC that energy policy should be "technology agnostic" is committing a climate crime.

“When it comes to electricity, if you’re “technology agnostic” you’re committing a climate crime. Coal kills. Renewables don’t,” said Mr Bandt.


The NSW Greens have described recent changes to NSW poker machine laws as a total failure as new figures show clubs and hotels in the state are set to reap increased profits further exacerbating community harm from the machines.

Poker machine profits in NSW are set to reach almost $7bn by 2021 growing more than 12% over the next four years. Hotels are the big winners forecast to grow profits by a massive 16% over the same period to $2.58 billion while clubs will reap 10% more by 2021 to $4.34 billion.

Friday, 13 July 2018

ACCC diagnoses energy ‘market’ broken, but prescription will make problems worse: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the ACCC report shows that treating electricity like a stockmarket has failed, but that it calls for more of the same in the vain hope of a different outcome. Mr Bandt also said the government must rule out the ACCC’s proposals to axe support for rooftop solar and to provide new public funds to gas- and coal-fired power stations

“Electricity is an essential service and bringing in more companies to make more money out of selling it won’t cut power bills,” said Mr Bandt.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

(Renew Economy): The straight-forward climate question Josh Frydenberg will not answer

Climate change survivor

The straight-forward climate question Josh Frydenberg will not answer

Is climate change an existential risk to Australian society and the world community? It’s not a difficult question, but one that climate minister Frydenberg has failed to answer.

The response should not be too challenging. An Australian Senate report released on 17 May this year, after an inquiry into the implications of climate change for Australia’s national security, found that climate change is “a current and existential national security risk”.

It says an existential risk is “one that threatens the premature extinction of Earth-originating intelligent life or the permanent and drastic destruction of its potential for desirable future development”.

Go to Renew Economy for the full story.

ABC Friends hosts action to protect the broadcaster, Friday July 13

The ABC is either in a fight for survival and needs your support or it ought to be able to manage a bit of belt-tightening.
That's the opposing views as the Mid North Coast ABC Friends plan a 'protect action' event on Friday outside federal MP Luke Hartsuyker's Port Macquarie office.

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You might also be interested in The Save Our SBS submission is here, and you can like & share it on Facebook here

NSW Government exempts racing industry from gambling advertising laws

The NSW Greens have condemned special exemptions
<> for the racing industry from new laws designed to reduce gambling harm in NSW.

Monday, 9 July 2018

"It is time to end the waste crisis facing our nation." Richard Di Natale

"We need a new deal for recycling in Australia. It is time to end the waste crisis facing our nation."

Richard Di Natale

"Hidden in plain sight: what the recycling crisis really looks like"

"The recycling industry is in crisis, yet for most Australians it’s out of mind beyond the rattle of the recycling bin pickups each week. So what does this crisis really look like? Guardian Australia visited three processing sites to find out what happens to bins once they leave the kerb
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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Greens NSW E-brief

We stand with you, Sarah

We are delighted to hear so many voices of support for Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young, and we add ours to the chorus singing her praise for showing such strength and resilience in standing up to vile and sexist abuse from Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm. Sarah's parliamentary speech last week took great courage, and we congratulate her for it. It is only by calling out such behaviour that social attitudes will change, and The Greens stand with people everywhere, particularly women, who are taking a stand against sexism in their workplaces, in their homes, and in society at large. 
Watch Sarah's speech »

Join Mehreen Faruqi and Adam Bandt for a phoning party!

Campaigner extraordinaire and Greens MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt will join our Lead Senate Candidate Dr Mehreen Faruqi for a phone-banking party next week. We're looking for volunteers to join in and help build the campaign for Mehreen's election. Never made campaign calls before? This is the perfect opportunity to learn from the best in a no-pressure environment. There will be pizza, snacks and supportive training. All welcome.
RSVP here »

Standing room only at Reboot 

It was standing room only at many events during last month's Reboot conference, with Greens members and supporters engaging in wide-ranging, lively political discussion about the big issues affecting our society. Thanks to the organisers and all who attended. 
Sylvia Hale & Rochelle Flood
Co-Convenors, Greens NSW

Jeremy Buckingham MLC

Solar booming despite government attacks

Jeremy Buckingham MLC

Australian homes and small businesses installed 700MW of solar power in the first six months of 2018, up 50% on last year, while larger businesses installed 574MW. However, the regulator has just cut the solar tariff rate, from 11 - 15 cents per kilowatt-hour to just 6.9 - 8.4 cents. The Greens are pushing for a price that recognises the true value of solar power.
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Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC

Consent Matters: Where to for #MeToo?

Mehreen Faruqi MLC

Join me in conversation with Bri Lee, the courageous writer of Eggshell Skull – a gripping memoir of sexual assault and trial, to discuss consent and a legal system that fails women over and over again. My office has also made a submission to the review of consent laws in NSW.

RSVP here »

'Like a scene from Utopia': How NSW botched plastic bag ban

Justin Field MLC

NSW is the only state not to have in train a ban on single-use plastic bags. This Plastic-Free July we call on the NSW Government to stop playing politics with our environment and listen to the community, who want to reduce plastic pollution and save our marine life.
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Good news from Parliament

Jenny Leong, MP for Newtown

It's not often we have good news from the NSW Parliament, but this sitting week was an exception. In the final weeks of Parliament before the winter recess, NSW was brought into line with Commonwealth Marriage Equality laws, my motion recognising Housing as a Human Right passed through the lower house, we secured a Parliamentary Inquiry into Westconnex and so much more.
Watch the video »

Jamie Parker MP 

Win against WestConnex

Jamie Parker, MP for Balmain

The Liberal-National Government has scrapped plans to turn a site at Darley Rd Leichhardt into a dive site for WestConnex. I’ve been working with community groups for years to defend our local area against the destructive impacts of WestConnex, so this is an encouraging win.
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Dawn Walker MLC

NDIS Inquiry

Dawn Walker MLC

Too many people have experienced significant frustration with the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). I’m pleased to have helped establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into the implementation of the NDIS and the provision of disability services in NSW. The Inquiry will be accepting submissions until 9 August.
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Tamara Smith MP

We need a fair price for solar

Tamara Smith, MP for Ballina

The Liberal-National Government has failed to instruct the independent pricing regulator IPART to assess the true value of solar power for rooftop producers. It should take into account the avoided health and carbon costs solar brings by reducing the amount of fossil fuels that are burnt. 
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This Government wants to criminalise protest

David Shoebridge MLC

On 1 July new laws came into effect giving police fresh powers to shut down protest on public land. This is just the latest attempt by the Liberal-National Government to criminalise protest. Save the date and join us on Wednesday 15 August when we fight for the right to protest inside and outside Parliament.
Protest details »

Senator Lee Rhiannon

What the Espionage Bill means for protest

Senator Lee Rhiannon

Last week the Coalition & Labor pushed through their draconian Espionage Bill, which continues the dangerous trend of using ‘national security’ to pass laws that can massively impact civil society & human rights. The Greens, NGOs and activists will need to fight against these laws being used to curtail protest.
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Sarah Hanson-Young crowdfunds to cover defamation action against David Leyonhjelm

Friday, 6 July 2018

NSW Government heading in wrong direction as 400,000 households cop 44% reduction of solar tariff

NSW Greens Renewable Energy spokeswoman Tamara Smith today said the NSW Government was heading in the wrong direction on solar energy after the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) released its final determination on solar feed-in tariffs today. The determination reduces the maximum benchmark price paid for households generating solar electricity from 15 cents per kilowatt hour in 2017/18 to 8.4 cents in 2018/19 – a 44% reduction.  This compares to a minimum of 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour for renewable electricity fed back into the grid in Victoria where the inclusion of the avoided social cost of carbon adds 2.5 cents to the price paid to solar households.

Abbott channelling Trump to sabotage NEG: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed Tony Abbott for calling on the government to abandon the Paris Agreement. Bandt said that Abbott’s comments coincide with a push from the coal-hugging National party to establish a $5 billion coal fund, both of which are designed to sabotage the National Energy Guarantee. Bandt is demanding that Josh Frydenberg provide all details of the government’s energy package before the upcoming COAG meeting in August.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Grattan report shows market era is over for electricity: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the report released by The Grattan Institute shows the consequences of running the electricity grid like a stockmarket, instead of as a public good. Bandt called on the government to take immediate action to re-introduce regulated electricity prices and to support a Greens push to bring the electricity grid back into public hands.

“Electricity is an essential public service that is being run like a stockmarket,” said Mr Bandt.