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

Friday, 22 December 2017

Government budget cuts lock poorer students out of university

Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young has slammed the Government for forcing young people out of university by pushing $2.1 billion in cruel cuts to higher education through the backdoor.

"This Government is preventing young people from low-income families from improving their lot in life and furthering their education. Capping places and upping university fees will do nothing but price people out of an education," Senator Hanson-Young said.

Dark day for river communities and Murray Darling Basin

Today is a dark day for the Murray Darling Basin in light of Queensland national MP David Littleproud taking on the water portfolio, and Victoria and NSW attempting to block delivering 450GL of desperately-needed environmental water, as previously agreed upon.

"South Australians who have been crying out for a change, and for the environmental needs of the Murray Darling Basin have been let down today by the Federal, Victorian and NSW governments," Greens water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Senator Di Natale's response to Treasurer's Cuts December 18, 2017

"Today, the government announced they will be making $2.1 billion cuts to higher education - forcing young people out of university, hitting them with debt, and making it harder to find a job. Here is my response to the Treasurer’s nasty cuts. 

Today, the government has made huge cuts that will unfairly targeting young people, struggling families and new arrived migrants in their mini end of year budget.

These cruel cuts will axe $2.1 billion from education alone.

This announcement shows just who this government cares about, and it is not young people.

These budget cuts will affect students the most - hitting them with a higher debt, forcing them out of university, and making it even harder to find a job. This government's agenda  is based on making the wealthy even wealthier, while the rest of the country suffers.

We are calling on Labor and the senate crossbench to hold firm and not support the lowering of the HECs repayment threshold. We want students to have the opportunity to learn, develop skills and make a meaningful contribution to society.

We believe that now, more than ever, is the time to invest in young people.

This government’s end of year budget is mean-spirited and takes us in the wrong direction.
Together we can demand a different future.

Richard Di Natale"

Friday, 15 December 2017

The Northern Star: Should the Forestry Corporation pay council rates?

Dust from truck, Tarkeeth Forest operation
'The working party is calling on the NSW Government to "abolish the rate exemption that currently applies to operational land managed and worked by the Forestry Corporation of NSW”.

It also wants the government to "introduce a system for transport infrastructure contributions by forestry corporations to address the ongoing infrastructure maintenance, upgrade and renewal needs of council roads”.

"This is specifically to address the roads, bridges, culverts and drainage infrastructure impacted upon by forestry operations, especially but not limited to heavy forestry vehicles,” the working party report states.

"The Forestry Corporation of NSW, a state owned corporation, manages over 2000 square kilometres of pine plantation in NSW, but does not pay any rates on these land holdings.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Greens MPs arrested at blockade of Adani mine site in outback Queensland

This morning NSW Greens MPs Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker were arrested by Queensland police after taking part in a blockade of the Adani Carmichael coal mine rail construction site at Belyando, 270km west of Bowen.  The MPs were arrested at 6:35am along with a dozen other climate activists and charged with trespass unlawfully on a place of business.

Photos and video footage of the arrests are available for download here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1YJBm5K1odoQfIKZYaaOYa7418XGEHBXj

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said:

“I’m proud to stand with activists in defence of climate and country, and represent all those people around Australia and internationally who want to stop the Adani coal project,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“Although we are MPs from NSW this is an issue of national and international significance. Adani represents a line in the sand for all those concerned about climate change who do not want to see a new coal precinct opened up in Australia. 

Barnaby may be back, but door to water ministry must stay closed

The Australian Greens are renewing calls for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to keep the keys to the Water Ministry out of the hands of Barnaby Joyce and the Nationals.

“Just because Barnaby Joyce has settled his citizenship blunder and has been returned to Parliament, does not mean we can forget the stuff up after stuff up at the helm of the Water Ministry,” Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Barnaby Joyce this morning told his party room that he wants a ‘reset’, but he simply doesn’t deserve one. The Greens will not forget the mess he has made of the water portfolio and the Murray Darling Basin, and river communities will not forgive.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Greens NSW MP Visits Coffs Harbour for White Ribbon Day and to Discuss Forestry

Mehreen Faruqi, Greens MP, visited the Coffs Coast on November 25 to speak at a White Ribbon Event. Mehreen Faruqi's responsibilities as a Greens NSW spokesperson include The Environment and Status of Women. She also took the opportunity to discuss various local issues with residents at a meeting in Bellingen.

Dr Faruqi said:

‘The controversial harvesting practices of the NSW Forestry Corporation are certainly a local issue. Nearby forest neighbours are exposed to smoke pollution from the practice of burning off forest remnants after clear-felling practices. The toxic effects of smoke pollution are well known. The affected residences were present long before the so called ‘plantations’ were established.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Choose Love

The Senate has passed the Marriage Equality bill! Next stop, the House of Representatives.

On November 29, the Senate has passed the Marriage Equality bill (43 votes to 12 votes). We are so close to making this law!
And thankfully, after hours of debate across the past three days, the Senate voted down ALL of the nasty amendments proposed by Liberals, Nationals, One Nation and the Liberal Democratic Party.

It’s clear that, across the chamber, the majority of senators from all sides of politics have heard that the Australian people want marriage equality in law. 

From here, the bill goes to the House of Representatives next week. This is an unusually long delay for such a significant piece of legislation -- normally it would go straight to the lower house as soon as it has been voted on in the Senate -- for which we can hold Malcolm Turnbull responsible.

Last week, PM Turnbull cancelled the House of Representatives’ sitting week in an act of pure political desperation, which means we will have to wait until next week for this to happen.

That’s it from us this week on the Marriage Equality bill. Next week we’ll keep you updated as the bill is introduced and debated in the House of Representatives.

Thank you for standing for equality and for love. We’re almost there!

Richard & Janet

PS – If you are wondering how the Marriage Equality bill becomes law after it passes the House of Representatives, check out the handy 10 step guide we made earlier this week (we are up to step 5).

Greens NSW MP Visits Coffs Harbour for White Ribbon Day and to Discuss Forestry

Mehreen Faruqi, Greens MP, visited the Coffs Coast on November 25 to speak at a White Ribbon Event. Mehreen Faruqi's responsibilities as a Greens NSW spokesperson include The Environment and Status of Women. She also took the opportunity to discuss various local issues with residents at a meeting in Bellingen.

Dr Faruqi said:

‘The controversial harvesting practices of the NSW Forestry Corporation are certainly a local issue. Nearby forest neighbours are exposed to smoke pollution from the practice of burning off forest remnants after clear-felling practices. The toxic effects of smoke pollution are well known. The affected residences were present long before the so called ‘plantations’ were established.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Video on dying Darling River goes viral

A video explaining the dire predicament of the Darling River has gone viral on social media with 236,000 views within in less than 2 days, indicating great public concern about the state of the Darling River and over allocation of water to upstream irrigators. 

Monday, 27 November 2017

Senator Di Natale's address to the Australian Greens National Conference

Senator Richard Di Natale's address to the 25th Anniversary Australian Greens National Conference on Sunday 19 November 2017

  I want to begin this article, which marks the 25th anniversary of  the Australian Greens, by celebrating the many people, the many movements and the many campaigns that have enabled the Australian Greens to emerge on the national stage and fundamentally change this country from both inside and outside our Parliaments this last quarter century.

We know that organisations like ours don’t just emerge from thin air. Our party is forged from a number of movements.

The environment movement with the history of the United Tasmania Group springing out of Lake Pedder and Franklin River; The peace and nuclear disarmament movement, particularly in the west where Jo Vallentine emerged as the first Greens WA senator; The workers movements in New South Wales, fighting with the community to preserve urban environments for future generations against big money development and powerful political interests.

These are the strands that were weaved into the Greens four pillars: ecological sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy and peace and nonviolence. They stand as relevant and vital today as when they were first designed.

Read the full address in Green Magazine

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Sunday, 26 November 2017

Mehreen Faruqi wins Greens NSW Senate Preselection top spot

I’m honoured that Greens NSW members have selected me to be their lead Senate candidate at the next Federal election. I am so thankful to members for their support and the confidence they have put in me. 

I am so proud of our grassroots preselection process and thank the other candidates, Lee, Rachael and Abigail.

I’ve worked alongside Lee since I took up my role in NSW parliament and pay tribute to Lee for all the work she's done for the party and progressive politics. I really look forward to building on this legacy of the NSW Greens.


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.


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