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

Friday, 24 November 2017

Senate must reject plan to plunge Murray-Darling into further crisis

The Australian Greens have slammed the New South Wales and Federal Liberal-National Party Governments and the Murray Darling Basin Authority for turning a blind eye to rampant water theft that has devastated river communities.

"It's a travesty that greedy corporate irrigators are taking more than they need upstream and leaving downstream communities high and dry, on the watch of the NSW and Federal Governments and the Murray Darling Basin Authority. This is real, it is happening now, and it needs to be seriously addressed," Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said.


As the Woolworths AGM meets in Melbourne today, data purchased by The NSW Greens from NSW Liquor and Gaming has revealed Woolworths abandons it's 'family friendly' supermarket image by making hundreds of millions in profit from poker machines in its NSW hotels in 2016-17 alone [1].

Woolworths-owned hotel operate 1461 pokies across NSW, nearly the same amount as the Star Casino [2]. There are three Woolworths-owned hotels in the list of top 25 pokies profit venues in NSW, all of them located in the pokies-dense area of Fairfield in Western Sydney.

NSW Greens MLC Justin Field said, "I think the average Mum and Dad Woolworths shareholder would be shocked at their deep investment in poker machines at casino-like levels.


Gladys Berejiklian has back flipped on a key budget measure by allowing foreign-owned developers based in Australia to apply for exemptions from new land tax and stamp duty surcharges.

The State Revenue Legislation Amendment (Surcharge) Bill passed this afternoon in NSW Parliament today provides refunds and blanket exemptions for foreign investors who own Australian-based businesses.

Greens MLC and Treasury spokesperson Justin Field said the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government had just given an early Christmas gift, worth tens of millions at least, to the property development lobby.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Burning wood for power: a perverse use of public native forests that NSW should not countenance

  The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) urges the Premier to resist calls from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to burn north coast forests for power[1]. Touted as ‘innovative’, burning wood for power has been happening for as long as humans have been able to knock stones together to create sparks. It is to energy what the ox is to farming: outdated.
Evidence from Europe[2] shows that the adoption of biomass power is driving deforestation in Russia, Canada, the USA, Slovakia, Italy, Spain and Finland. Far from meeting its stated aims of reducing carbon emissions, biomass has been assessed as driving climate change as it ‘emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels’[3]

NPA Senior Ecologist, Dr Oisín Sweeney said: “It’s hard to imagine a worse idea than this. Given what we know that biomass use overseas is driving deforestation, and the evidence that burning forests for power is driving climate change, this is reckless in the extreme.

Greens Status of Women Spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC to Visit Coffs Harbour to Join “Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence” on White Ribbon Day

Greens NSW Spokesperson for the Status of Women, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, will speak at the ‘Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence’ event on the lawns of the Coffs Harbour Surf Club on November 25, from 11am to 1pm. The event has been organised by the Coffs Coast Community Against Domestic and Family Violence.

Dr Faruqi said:

“I look forward to supporting the Coffs Coast Community against Domestic and Family Violence who are rightly saying “Enough is enough” to domestic violence.

Greens label Government’s North Coast bioenergy proposal as ‘dead koala power’

NSW Greens Forests spokesperson, Dawn Walker has labelled a proposal by the NSW Department of Primary Industry to burn North Coast forests for electricity generation as ‘dead koala power’.
“Koala populations are plummeting across NSW and rather than looking at serious ways to protect our precious koalas, like supporting the Great Koala National Park plan, we see outrageous proposals like this that will intensify logging in vital koala habitat across the NSW North Coast.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Australians say 'Yes' to equality

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP has welcomed the result of the Marriage Equality Survey announced today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The ABS asked 'Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?' and reports that 61.6% of those surveyed responded 'Yes'.

"This is a fantastic result for civil rights in our country - I hope the Federal Government acts quickly to now enable same sex couples to get legally married and give them the same rights as other married couples," said Ms Smith.

"Saying 'yes' to change and to equality for same sex couples is something Australians can be proud of and is a reflection on the long campaign for civil rights by the LGBTIQ community."

"My thanks go to all those in the Ballina electorate who worked to achieve this historic result," said Ms Smith.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Australia has chosen love and voted YES!

Australia has chosen love and voted YES!

We’ve just heard from the ABS Chief Statistician that, not only has Australia voted YES, but an overwhelming 61.6% of voters have supported marriage equality.

Together, our community has achieved this incredible result. No matter where you live, you now know that your country has voted for equality.

Thanks to today's result we're right on the brink of a major historic reform, and the question on everyone’s mind is: what happens next? 

LGBTI activists and allies like you have done the hard work to make sure a huge numbers of voters returned their survey - and it worked.

Now it is Parliament's turn. Watch and share our message about what happens next. 

Soon, a free vote will be held in Parliament and we Greens are ready to turn this postal vote result into law.

Thank you for everything you have done to make a YES result possible.

In just a few short months, we have come together in one of biggest people-powered movements this country has ever seen. For this, we say thank you.

As all eyes turn to Canberra, the Greens will be there every step of the way to make sure we have marriage equality in this country before the end of the year.

Richard Di Natale & Janet Rice

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Manus island stand-off

At the time of writing, more than four hundred detainees continue to refuse to leave what remains of the detention centre. The PNG government is determined to remove them to the three East Lorengau facilities, whilst our government continues to blame everyone but itself for this humanitarian catastrophe. 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Statement from new Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett

I am pleased that the hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders who voted for the Greens in the Senate once again have representation.

I already have over ten years of experience as a Senator for Queenslanders, and I will be getting to work immediately. My job now is to help Queenslanders struggling to pay their rent and mortgages with flatlining wages, dealing with skyrocketing cost of living expenses and a lack of public infrastructure. For too long big corporations have profited off the backs of Queenslanders with the help of Labor and the LNP. This must end. The people of Queensland must come before corporate profit and political greed.

I pay tribute to the work of my predecessor Larissa Waters and her courageous and ethical approach she took in resigning her seat as soon as she became aware of her dual citizenship.

I appreciate the many messages of support and encouragement I have received from many members of the Greens, including Larissa. I feel very honoured to represent the party, and the strong consistent values it promotes.

The immediate focus for all Greens in Queensland is on the state election, and the opportunity to transform politics in our state by winning seats in the state election, and I look forward to continuing to do all I can in my new role to ensure the party’s success.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Government needs to protect Ballina’s koalas

Meerschaum Vale koala
 Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today called on the NSW government to protect Ballina’s koala population and other wildlife as the RMS starts tree clearing work as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade at Meerschaum Vale.

“I have heard from residents in the area about the dead and injured koalas they have found almost daily. The residents have also been told that contractors are not allowed to touch any injured animals they see. There seems to be no process in place for the RMS or its contractors to count the koalas or other wildlife that are dead or injured due to the increased truck traffic or tree clearance.”

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Government slashed anti-corruption forces, axed investigators

Yesterday (November 2) the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) revealed that six investigators will be sacked because of government cuts.

Corrupt public servants and politicians are no doubt delighted to see the ICAC’s work hampered even further, making it easier for them to cheat the system without being caught.

This is a transparent attempt by the Liberals to rein in the one body that keeps them honest.


The NSW Greens have condemned the Government's protracted reforms to the management of the state's oceans and estuaries, describing a new draft 10-year marine strategy as a 'plan for a plan' and inadequate to protect oceans and marine life.

Greens Marine Spokesperson Justin Field said the 10-year marine strategy had little detail, included no funding and largely ignored the risks of climate change to the marine environment and the community's enjoyment of it.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Dutton must intervene to end Manus Island crisis

Peter Dutton must intervene to end the humanitarian crisis he has created on Manus Island, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Peter Dutton must not go ahead with his plan to cut off water, food and electricity to force people out of his Manus Island prison," said Senator McKim, who is currently on Manus Island.

"This situation could become violent because of his creation and escalation of this humanitarian crisis."

"There is nowhere safe in Papua New Guinea for these men to go – they must be evacuated to Australia."

"As the Papua New Guinean Government has again made clear, these men are Australia’s responsibility.”

Monday, 30 October 2017


The NSW Government has played politics with gambling harm in NSW by delaying the release of an important study that reported in 2015, making it public on the day national attention was focussed on the High Court citizenship ruling.

The Gambling Harm Minimisation research, commissioned by the Government and conducted by the University of Sydney Gambling Treatment Clinic, found:
*             poker machines are associated with the greatest levels of gambling harm;
*             evidence that gambling harms are not limited to 'problem' gamblers but extend to recreational gamblers;
*             new directions in harm minimisation are required to protect people; and
*             the need for a ban on controversial feature of poker machines known as "losses disguised as wins", where graphics and music indicate a win although a net loss of money has occurred.

Greens call for koala sniffer dogs to be used in pre-logging surveys in NSW’s State Forests

Koalas are forced to travel over open land when their habitat is thinned.
Koala Habitat Lost
Following the release of data showing that the State Government has only trained three (3) dogs to detect koalas and none were being deployed in State Forests, Greens MP Dawn Walker has called for koala sniffer dogs to be widely used in pre-logging surveys to better protect NSW’s declining koala populations from destructive logging.
“This is a Government that has an appalling record when it comes to protecting our koalas with their own reports stating that koalas in NSW have declined by more than 25% in the past 15 to 20 years.
“What’s worrying is that ecologists consistently tell me how Forestry Corporation is failing to identify or even properly search for koalas and their high-use habitat before they commence logging operations.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Why are we paving paradise and putting in a parking lot?

..and save our market
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is appalled at the lack of public consultation regarding the site of the Byron Markets.

“I am appalled that our iconic market space in Butler Street is being replaced with a giant bus interchange. It is up to the community and Byron Shire Council to tell government where the best location for a bus interchange is and that process of consultation simply has not occurred,” said Tamara Smith. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Motion to abandon regulation of blueberry farming in Nambucca Shire

Please share the news that Nambucca Shire Councillors are meeting on Thursday, 26th October, at 5.30pm, at Valla Hall to vote on the DA.

Write or call the mayor and councillors with any evidence of poor practice, photos or copies of letters of complaint to Government Departments.

 Email these councillors


A decision to regulate the horticultural industries in Nambucca could be overturned.

Take Action: Join the Greens




With the Liberals and Nationals abandoning a Clean Energy Target and pushing for more coal and gas, we are heading for disaster on climate change.  
Meanwhile, Labor support the giant Adani coal mine - which is utterly incompatible with a safe climate.
As you know, the Greens are taking them on inside and outside parliament, but we need your help.
One easy thing you can do is join the Greens.  It’s as low as $20 to give us the support base and back up to take on the old parties. Just click this link to join: https://greens.org.au/join
Thanks for your support,
Jeremy Buckingham
P.S: Check out and share this video of my friend Bob Brown and I talking about the importance of joining the Greens and getting active:

Brisbane Times: Nationals face loss of second north coast seat, poll shows

The Nationals are set to lose the north coast seat of Lismore at the next NSW election, polling suggests, compounding the party's loss of neighbouring Ballina to the Greens in 2015.

A ReachTel poll shows the Nationals primary vote at 32.8 per cent, Labor on 23.9 per cent and the Greens on 22 per cent. One Nation is on 6.8 per cent, others on 5.6 per cent and nine per cent are undecided.

Read original article

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Senate supports Greens motion condemning engagement of Serco contractors to address Centrelink woes

The Senate has supported a Greens motion condemning the engagment of Serco and calling on the Government to commit to reinstating the nearly 1200 jobs cut from the Department of Human Services in the 2017-18 Budget.

“There was deep concern in the community when the Government announced it had engaged a private contractor to staff a Centrelink call centre. Centrelink missed 42 million calls last year and employing Serco is not an answer to their woes, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“There are just so many issues with Centrelink, to think that they can even start to address this issue with contractors from Serco is outrageous. Allowing a private contractor to run a critical Government service involving access to the personal information of Centrelink clients is deeply concerning particularly as they will be handling sensitive information.

Don’t mess with Gloucester – Rocky Hill mine recommended for rejection

NSW Greens resources spokesman Jeremy Buckingham today congratulated the people of Gloucester for fighting off the proposed Rocky Hill coal mine after it was recommended for rejection by the Department of Planning.

The Department of Planning’s report concludes:  The Department does not believe that the impacts of [the mine’s] proximity are able to be dealt with through conditions to the consent, and as a result the Department has not made any recommendations in relation to possible conditions. Having assessed all matters relevant to the amended project as set out in this report, the Department does not consider that the amended project is able to or should be approved, and the Department does not recommend that the Commission approve the development.” [page iii]

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Labor takes millions from casinos; fails to support Senate inquiry into casinos

Labor’s decision to not support a Senate inquiry into casinos after two decades of accepting millions of dollars of donations from the industry reflects poorly on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens gambling spokesperson said.

“The only thing stopping a full Senate inquiry into casinos is the Labor Party,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Labor originally committed to voting for the Senate inquiry, but earlier today they reversed their position.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Opening of Stage 2 of the Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast Facility Upgrade

Opening of Stage 2 of the Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast Facility Upgrade

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith will open the new administration training and education centre for Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast at Shelly Beach on Saturday 22 October.

“I am delighted to be able to open this centre. The facility will enable professional staff to carry out and coordinate lifesaving activities in the Northern Rivers. It will also be a point of contact for the public and marine rescue groups that has not previously been available,” said Ms Smith.

Public forum to air concerns about health system

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today welcomed the announcement that the NSW Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee will hold a public forum in Lismore next Tuesday 24 October.

“The Committee is conducting an inquiry into the management of health care delivery in NSW. The inquiry was re-opened and extended due to concerns about the treatment of Miriam Merten, who died at Lismore Base Hospital in 2014, and I am glad to see that the Committee is holding a public forum in Lismore so that they can hear first-hand from people in the Northern Rivers region about their experiences with the health system,” said Ms Smith.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Government teams up with One Nation to hack away at the ABC

The ideological attacks on the ABC that the One Nation political party secured from the Turnbull-Joyce federal Government are well on their way to being enacted with legislation being introduced into the Senate today.

“Australians love and trust the ABC and are sick of seeing the public broadcaster used as political punching bag,” Greens communications spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Greens will fight to protect the ABC from this blatant ideological attack and will do everything we can to save our public broadcaster from the Government and One Nation’s axe.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Premier needs to help the Richmond River

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has called on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to oversee a co-ordinated State Government response to improving the health of the Richmond River.

"I have written to the Premier in support of Ballina Shire Council's request that she organise a State Government response to oversee the many different improvements needed to rehabilitate the 237km long Richmond and its tributaries," said Tamara Smith.

"The Richmond River is of national significance, it should not be left solely to local councils such as Ballina Shire Council or its ratepayers to bear the burden of rehabilitating a river that has been neglected  by State Government for decades.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

On Wednesday, Peter Dutton’s divisive citizenship changes will be defeated in the Senate.

On Wednesday, Peter Dutton’s divisive citizenship changes will be defeated in the Senate.

Together, many thousands of Australians from all walks of life stood together and said “no” to Peter Dutton’s hateful agenda. Your voice has been heard.

When this Bill is defeated, it will mean thousands of men, women and children will be able to get on with lives that had been put on hold.

This whole episode shows that what unites us is stronger than what divides us, and what we can achieve when we stand together.

I want to thank everyone who has been involved. Please, spread the message of thanks by sharing my video with your networks.

Senator Nick McKim
Spokesperson for Immigration and Citizenship

PS. If you don’t have Facebook, the video is available here.

ACCC rubbishes Lib/Nats' war on renewables

Today the consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has called BS on the government’s war on renewables and confirmed that power prices are out of control because big power companies are gaming the electricity system, not because of renewable energy. 

If Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull were serious about cutting power bills and reducing pollution, they would stop rigging the rules of the energy market. Instead they need to drive down power bills by re-regulating prices and get more cheap, clean renewables in the grid, more solar panels on rooftops and more batteries in homes and businesses.

Australians overwhelmingly want investment in renewables to reduce pollution, lower their power bills and provide thousands of new jobs. Share our post on Facebook to send the Libs a message: it’s time the government gets with the program!

Your civil liberties under attack

"We should all be concerned when politicians are quick to rush to reduce our civil liberties, regardless of the stated intentions.

In the past few weeks, we’ve had announcements of a national facial recognition database and even the use of biometrics to access public transport in Queensland.

The NSW Premier said of the recent agreement by state and federal Governments to create a national ID database: “I think all of us have had to accept that our civil liberties from time to time aren't what they used to be in order to protect public safety”.

Greens raise plight of Bangalow's Koalas and mega Food Hub in State Parliament

Greens MP and Koala Protection spokesperson, Dawn Walker has raised the plight of Bangalow's koala population in State Parliament and thrown her support behind the community campaign against the Bangalow mega Food Hub development at Lot 201 Lismore Road, Bangalow.

"Many people are unaware, but Bangalow has a precious koala population and the local community are working hard to protect local koala habitat and food trees, many of which are along the busy Bangalow Road or on private land.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Berejiklian guts protections for clean drinking water for Sydney

NSW Greens resources spokesman Jeremy Buckingham warned that the Berejiklian Government was gutting protections for the quality of Sydney’s drinking water with legislation introduced into parliament today ditching the ‘neutral and beneficial’ test for all types of development that are an extension to existing developments in the entire catchment area.  The Sydney Drinking Water Catchment extends from the Snowy Mountains to Lithgow and from Crookwell to the Illawarra.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney’s Drinking Water Catchment) Bill 2011 has two parts.  Schedule 1 validates the development consent for the Springvale coal mine (that the Court of Appeal found was invalid because it polluted the water catchment).  Schedule 2 ditches the test that extensions to existing developments (not just mines) must be either ‘neutral or beneficial’ for water quality in the catchment.  

Jeremy Buckingham NSW Greens energy and resources spokesman said: 

NEFA video: Your Forests (and how they are being devastated)

The Northeast Forest Alliance, The North Coast Environment Council and many other Conservation Groups are calling for an end to logging of our public native forests. Our public native forests are reported to be subjected to mismanagement that is impacting on forest health and the survival of our native species.

Please visit www.nefa.org.au for more information and to take action on our Forests4Ever campaign.

Published on Sep 30, 2017


Saturday, 25 June 2016

Greens call on Labor to commit to an independent environmental watchdog

The Australian Greens call on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog, rather than just saying they will explore options for one, and to commit to reversing funding cuts to environmental regulators.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, said:

"We're glad Labor is moving towards adopting the Greens' long-held positions, but we are calling on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog rather than just saying they will 'explore options'.

Effective State and Federal ICAC required

Carol Vernon said:
I am very concerned that one result of the 2016 NSW budget will be a cut to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption of ten staff.
“I am not surprised that Liberal/National politicians would cut an anti-corruption body that has been so diligent and caused the removal of so many of their colleagues.
“The Greens have continually been thwarted by the Liberal/National Coalition and the Labor Party in establishing a federal anti-corruption body. I ask why.


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