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



Sunday, 28 December 2014

PM Abbott as Minister for Women only deepening inequality

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott has revealed himself as small-minded in both the climate debate and his view of women, after claiming his greatest achievement as the Minister for Women has been abolishing the carbon price, because "women are particularly focussed on the household budget."

"He might as well have said his greatest achievement was to help women buy a better iron so they can stay home and iron more often," said Senator Milne.

Newcastle rail delivered a Christmas reprieve by Save our Rail's court action

In a victory for the rule of law, and plain common sense, the NSW Coalition government has been delivered a stinging rebuke through Save our Rail's Supreme Court action to protect the Newcastle rail corridor. In a genuine David and Goliath court battle, Save our Rail today successfully argued that the Coalition government could not tear up the rail line without first obtaining parliamentary approval.

Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

"The arrogance and contempt that the NSW Coalition government has shown the
people of Newcastle has brought them unstuck in the Supreme Court today.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Overwhelming community opposition to TAFE privatisation is well justified

A marginal seats poll conducted for the NSW Teachers Federation showing 59 per cent of voters oppose the privatisation of TAFE funding demonstrates the failure of the Baird government's propaganda campaign, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('TAFE funding: NSW election battle looms over private education providers
after Herald Ipsos poll', Sydney Morning Herald, 8 December, brief at page
8, full story on line at http://j.mp/smh141208)

Appalling mental health funding uncertainty must end

Australian Greens spokesperson for mental health Senator Penny Wright says the Abbott Government must urgently guarantee funding for vital mental health services, as organisations report losing staff due to uncertainty<http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s4144040.htm>.

"The Abbott Government has the final report of the National Mental Health Commission's review of mental health services and they should release this without delay to end the uncertainty for the sector," Senator Wright said.

The Drum Story: Country patients forgotten in the big smoke


"For country patients like me, having accommodation near health services in the city is vital, but neither the hospitals nor the state government seem to think we matter, writes Linda Samera."

"None of the major hospitals in Sydney have their own on-site country patient accommodation anymore. All of them say there really isn't the need but, funnily enough, country people still sleep in cars or sell their homes so they can afford to be in Sydney to get essential medical care that they absolutely cannot get in their home town."

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Baird-Grants's Infrastructure plan pushes discredited school privatisation models

Rally to protect TAFE
The NSW Liberal-National government's $20 billion pre-election cash-splash contains a number of nasty surprises for public education, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('New school designs, more private involvement in education, says Baird', Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November, page 5, http://j.mp/smh141126)

Dr Kaye said: "This is a plan that privatises public education, overcrowds schools and condemns TAFE to becoming an on-line provider.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Greens Save TAFE campaign: Plan B

Save TAFE rally at Kempsey
The Greens today announced their moves to limit the damage that the Smart and Skilled training market will do to TAFE.

The Greens first bill to stop Smart and Skilled and freeze the funding of private providers passed the Upper House but failed in the Lower House last week.

The Greens now accept that Smart and Skilled will be a reality for 2015 if the Baird government is re-elected but will be moving to stop it growing as it did in Victoria where TAFE has been residualised to just 27% of student enrolments.

Baird-Grant Government: Mining companies first, communities second say NSW Greens

Planning Minister Pru Goward has today announced planning reforms aimed at cutting in half the time it takes to assess mines and state significant development proposals.

The Greens NSW have criticised this decision to speed up planning approvals as yet another example of large scale developer and mining interests being prioritised and the Coalition breaking its core promise to return planning powers to local communities.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Shoddy biosecurity legislation by NSW National Party MPs would allow pests into Australia


Melon Farm horizontal
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham


The Greens NSW agriculture spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said the National Party had raised the white flag of surrender as it was revealed the government has deliberately dropped at least seven species from the pest list in the new biosecurity legislation, including one of the world’s top 100 pests, the African big-headed ant, without any explanation.  He called for the legislation to be withdrawn until after the election.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Asylum report a step in the right direction, refugee intake must be increased: Greens

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of Beyond the Boats: building an asylum and refugee policy for the long term, and called for cross-party support for a bill that would increase Australia's refugee intake.

"This report has some crucial, and very welcome, recommendations," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

New IPCC report unequivocal: coal is bad for humanity

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has backed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on its most comprehensive scientific assessment to date, which says we will stand no chance of preventing catastrophic warming if we do not leave the majority of the world's fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

"Coal is bad for humanity, and so is Tony Abbott's denial of global warming science," said Senator Milne.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Echo NETDAILY Story: Labor includes Clarence Valley in CSG-free promise. Greens accuse ALP of an ad hoc approach to CSG.


"The Clarence Valley has now been included  in NSW Labor’s promise to declare the northern rivers a gas-free region.

After copping criticism last month when it failed to include the Clarence in its plan for a CSG northern rivers region, NSW Labor announced the inclusion today in Grafton.

The Greens have accused the ALP of taking an ad hoc approach to the issue."

Go to full story in Echo NETDAILY

Greens: No CSG mining anywhere in NSW

Friday, 24 October 2014

Decision on Coalpac tells mining: stop bullying communities

The rejection of Coalpac's plans for expansion is a fantastic win for the Lithgow community and the environment said NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"I commend those in the community who have been fighting a long battle against this expansion," said Senator Rhiannon.

"This decision leads the way for the protection of the stunning pagoda rock landforms and should be a sign to the mining industry - communities will not be worn down by your persistence.

"The bullying by the coal industry has to stop. Coalpac have had three attempts at trying to have this project approved.

Greens on Keppel Prince: Abbott government destroys jobs and investment

Responding to the decision by Keppel Prince to mothball its entire wind turbine division and lay off 100 workers, Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Abbott government has taken a wrecking ball to the industry that holds the best hope of providing future jobs and investment in Australia.

"The Abbott government is destroying jobs now and Australia's best hope of future investment beyond the mining boom in order to protect its billionaire mates in the coal industry," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

The Big Challenges for The Greens today: Video

The Big Issues for the Greens are:


There is absolutely no excuse, for weakening the Renewable Energy Target.

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Renewable Energy Target policy announced by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane adopts key recommendations from the discredited Warburton review and should be rejected by the Labor party.

“There is absolutely no reason, and no excuse, for weakening the Renewable Energy Target. The Labor Party must stand firm and reject this deal outright,” said Senator Milne.

“By accepting Dick Warburton’s ‘real 20%’ target and half of any new growth recommendations, the Abbott government has signed up to a discredited review that is based in a refusal to accept climate science.

Baird-Grant Government pursues further erosion of local democracy

In yet another attack on local democracy the NSW government is proposing legislation that would fundamentally alter the way that local council elections are elected.

The proposed law<http://bulletin/prod/parlment/nswbills.nsf/0/447fb9a302ec456fca257d7900165006/$FILE/b2014-073-d17-House.pdf> will allow the City of Sydney and any other Council the Government decides, to resolve to hold their local election exclusively by postal vote. This will erode the traditional Election Day turn out, disenfranchise a significant proportion of the voting population and favour wealthy candidates who can afford expensive direct mail campaigns.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Private college rorting set to get worse under Abbott government policy changes

Responding to reports today that private, for-profit education providers are targeting people with disabilities and the homeless in order to maximise government subsidies at the same time state governments are slashing funding for public TAFE's, Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"Private for-profit companies are engaging in cheap, grubby tactics when they target the most disadvantaged in our community, including young Australians with mental health issues, by offering them free laptops and iPads.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Coal provides just 1.2% of Qld jobs and threatens job-rich agriculture and tourism

The Australian Greens welcome The Australia Institute's report out today showing how overblown the coal industry's contribution to jobs is in Queensland.

"While the big mining companies and their spin machines would want us to believe otherwise, this report shows the coal industry only employs 1.2 per cent of the workforce in Queensland," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

"More Queenslanders work in the arts and recreation services than they do in the coal industry, and our biggest employers include health, education and retail.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Don’t rip up the Casino to Murwillumbah train line.

Adam Guise
Greens candidate for Lismore, Adam Guise will be attending the Byron Council meeting today to support community members calling for better public transport in the Northern Rivers.

In response to a motion before Byron Council urging council to support a rail trail,[1] community group Trains On Our Tracks have called for councillors to reject the proposal.[2]

Mr Guise said: "Our region lacks public transport. Bus services don't run on weekends and the risk for young people driving on our roads needs urgent attention.

Greens say rise in debt collectors and credit ratings complaints sounds warning on NSW energy future

An alarming increase in complaints against energy companies using debt
collectors, disconnections and credit ratings is an early warning that the
state may end up with energy ghettos, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('Energy affordability complaints hits new high: Ombudsman', Sydney Morning
Herald, 9 Oct, p. 2, http://j.mp/smh141009e)

The NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman's annual report (available at
http://j.mp/EWON2014) shows a 53 percent increase in complaints relating to
impacts on credit ratings from 2012/13 to 2013/14. Complaints relating to
disconnections for non-payments (+32 percent), debt collectors (+32
percent) and refused payment arrangements (+64 percent) also rose
alarmingly over the same period.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Is it time to ban political donations from mining companies?

"DANGER ZONE: We are 6 months away from the next NSW election, so how much money is changing hands right now, and what are the big donors hoping to get for their money?

Is it time to ban political donations from mining companies?"

http://www.lockthegate.org.au/mining_donations_ban
I'd add making sure funding our schools and health services has priority over support for destructive mining. The National Party is not supporting it's constituents in regional NSW.
 Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Oxley

Don’t let Gloucester tourism fall victim to coal seam gas

On World Tourism Day, Greens MP and Tourism spokesperson Jan Barham has called on the NSW Government to recognise the importance of tourism to communities such as Gloucester by reconsidering its approval of coal seam gas in the picturesque region.

“Visitors spend around $30 million annually in the Gloucester region, providing jobs for up to 240 people in the tourism sector and supporting many local businesses. Tourism is an increasingly important
part of Gloucester’s economy and to jeopardise it through drilling for
coal seam gas in the area is risky and short-sighted,” Ms Barham said.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Carol Vernon, Oxley Candidate: The most pressing threat to all life is climate change


Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Oxley, said:
"All our children are facing a future on an Earth that will be much hotter and life threatening.
 
“Scientists assure us that Climate Change (Climate Catastrophe) is the most pressing threat to all life on this planet. In our lifetime we are facing at least a two degree warming.
“The West Antarctica sheet is melting and sea rise of 3-5 metres from this event is assured. As the rate of the melt increases, the Day of Mobilisation assembly area at Coffs Harbour jetty will at first be impacted by storm surges and finally inundated.
 “The Liberal-National politicians of Australia continue to downplay the effects of climate change because a life threatening climate catastrophe scenario does not align with the interests of their fossil-fuel-industry mates. It doesn’t support a personal retirement to the board of a fossil fuel corporation. 

They want to keep selling massive amounts of coal and gas and cut support for renewable energy. They want to sell out your children’s future.
“Joining in the global mobilisation will demonstrate that although the Liberal-National governments of Australia are doing their best to ignore climate catastrophe while supporting the fossil fuel industries at any cost, the Australian people will support their fellow citizens around the globe standing for immediate action on climate change, citizens of the Earth protecting the Earth.” 
BACKGROUND
"The planet is on track to heat up two degrees in our lifetimes. Unless we do something the devastating fires, droughts and floods already destroying homes and lives, will be worse still.

That's why we need the Peoples Climate March on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of September to be the biggest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen. Millions will march around the world in support for ambitious action on climate change, as leaders gather in New York for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s emergency climate summit."  Christine Milne


Media Alert/Release: Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Oxley - September 16  

NSW Greens Call On Government to Get Serious About Freight on Rail Targets


Dr Faruqi
Greens NSW MP and Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has called on the Government to get serious its efforts to get freight off roads and onto rail given it has made virtually no progress in increasing the share of freight on rail from 14% to their target of 28% by 2021.

Dr Faruqi said:

"In response to my questions in Budget Estimates this year, the Freight Minister admitted that even the modest Government target of 28% is 'a long way off at the moment'.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Chris Gulaptis to feel the heat as Greens Save TAFE campaign hits the Clarence

Stop TAFE cuts
TAFE in NSW is being pushed to the brink by budget cuts and a ruthless privatisation agenda under the Liberals & Nationals government.

Rising fees, job losses and fewer course options will have a particularly devastating impact on regional communities like Grafton, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Teachers, students, union representatives and concerned community members will join Dr Kaye as he visits Grafton today to call on local Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis to back the Greens Save TAFE Bill.

Dr Kaye said: "Before the March 2011 election, Chris Gulaptis' two most senior National party colleagues signed a pre-election pledge to support TAFE .

Senate backs action on rural suicide, despite Nationals opposition

The Senate has called on the Government to fund targeted suicide prevention measures in rural and regional areas, backing a motion by Australian Greens spokesperson on mental health Senator Penny Wright.

However, the National Party voted against the motion - despite making an identical election promise last year.

Senator Wright said enthusiasm about the cross-party support for action on rural suicide, including a national awareness campaign, was tempered by the Nationals' surprising policy reversal.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Metgasco should not try to extort taxpayers

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today condemned coal seam gas company Metgasco for their tactics of berating the government while negotiating an out-of-court settlement, and for seeking a bailout with taxpayers money – with a report that industry sources say Metgasco will want $120 million to leave the Northern Rivers.

“Metgasco’s problems all stem from their absolute failure to win community support for coal seam gas in the Northern Rivers.  To now demand taxpayers bail them out, potentially to the tune of $120m, is outrageous and borders on extortion,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Critical Industry Cluster status should be assessed for other industries

The Greens NSW agriculture spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today called on the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, to re-open the Critical Industry Cluster assessment process to new industries such as dairy, citrus growers, rice and sugar, after the minister all but admitted that granting Critical Industry Cluster status to thoroughbred breeders and viticulture was a political fix to quieten opposition in the Hunter region.

At Budget Estimates hearings last week, the minister admitted that there would be no more Strategic Regional Land Use Plans, and that any further consideration of Critical Industry Cluster status would have to wait until ‘Regional Growth Plans’ were developed sometime in the future.

Mid North Coast Voters deserve a NSW government untainted by corruption.



Drusi Megget
Carol Vernon
Two Mid North Coast Greens’ candidates have issued a joint statement regarding the urgent need to clean up NSW politics.
Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Oxley, said:
“ Without an ICAC much of the corrupt practices exposed in first the Labor Party and now the Liberal Party would never have come to light.
The Greens are committed to:
  • prohibiting political donations from corporations;
  • adequate, fair and transparent public funding of all elections; and
  • prompt and transparent disclosure of all donations on a public website maintained by the electoral office.

Lock the Gate: The Right of Reply the Australian Financial Review couldn't find the space to publish

This is Lock the Gate's opinion piece that the Australian Financial Review have said they didn't have space to publish. It follows last Monday's (August 18) front page story "Facts v Fiction: busting CSG myths" that then spilled to a two-page feature inside the paper and was bolstered by the paper's main editorial comment headed " Ignore anti-CSG scare campaigns." The AFR story was also widely republished in Fairfax Media papers in NSW and Qld. Lock the Gate requested the right of reply but alas the paper simply couldn't find the room in print or online for this 650 word piece."

Go to REPLY

Monday, 25 August 2014

Support Our Tafe Rally, 10.00am, August 28 at Coffs Harbour TAFE entrance

John Kaye, Greens MP and other speakers will rally at the entrance to Coffs Harbour TAFE in opposition to state government plans to privatise some courses.

Be there at 10.00am on August 28th.






 

"As the clock ticks down to the introduction of the Baird government’s devastating changes to the vocational education and training sector, time is running out for local communities.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Senate Committee begins public scrutiny of Abbott's budget cuts


The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee will today begin two days of public hearings into the legislation enacting the Government's budget cuts to our income support system and payments.

"The Committee is examining the two substantial Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bills, which deliver the Government's toughest and cruellest budget cuts, " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

RICHMOND VALLEY COUNCIL REJECTS UNCONVENTIONAL GAS MINING

Following impassioned pleas by Richmond Valley residents, the packed gallery at last night’s Richmond Valley Council meeting applauded when Council emphatically passed a motion opposing unconventional gas mining and fracking in the local government area. The motion was supported 5-2 with only Mayor Bennett and Councillor Sullivan voting against.

This turn-around in the Council’s stated position on this issue follows the June meeting when Councillor Mustow received unanimous support for a motion that Council review its former Positioning Statement on Gas Mining which supported the State Government stance on the industry. Just prior to last night's meeting, Deputy Mayor Sandra Humphrys accepted Gasfield Free declarations from the community of Codrington, following their celebration on the week end where 50 people turned out to celebrate the 93% vote to remain Gasfield Free.

Greens challenge Nats on agriculture

To be honest, there are other places we could go to win votes, this is hard territory for us
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham

THE Greens made it clear this week, the party wants to stick it to the NSW Nationals, with the launch of the party’s first agriculture policy.

Jeremy Buckingham presents the Greens new policy at Agquip.
 Read full story in The Land:

Greens challenge Nats on ag

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Renewable Energy Target threat protects PM Abbott’s mates says Aus Greens

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Renewable Energy Target has been a major contributor to cutting pollution and energy costs, and must not be scaled down or abandoned.

“Tony Abbott wants to destroy jobs, destroy investment and make power more expensive for consumers all because he wants to protect the old coal-fired generators and gas companies,” said Senator Milne.

“Tony Abbott’s mates in the big end of town, in the coal industry in particular, can’t cope with the competition from renewable energy.

“There are 18,000 people employed in the solar industry across Australia. What are they supposed to think when Tony Abbott tells them that their job isn’t worth it compared to jobs in coal-fired generation? One of the only bright spots in Australia on climate policy is the Renewable Energy Target.

“This country is not open for business under Tony Abbott. It is only open to the fossil fuels business. Anyone interested in innovation and investing in clean energy has no hope under this government.”



18 August 2014

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Casino NSW area - Application for Petroleum Special Prospecting Authority (No48)

Clarence Moreton Resources /ERM have applied to seismically test around the Ellangowan/Rappville /Myrtle Creek area. Find out more from Lock The Gate





Coal seam gas company to seek social licence on north coast


Irresponsible mining practices poison rivers.

On the Mid North Coast of NSW we must protect the Hastings, Macleay, Nambucca, Bellinger, Orara and Clarence Rivers from mining on the escarpment. The Mt Morgan mine in Queensland has massively polluted the Dee River. Antimony and Arsenic from Antimony mining and Cyanide from Gold mining are our main concerns.




The Mount Polley mine disaster that released 15 million litres of toxic effluent into important fish bearing streams in B.C. is heartbreaking - potentially the biggest environmental disaster in BC history.

http://ow.ly/A2Uhz

There are lots of questions about the extent of this impact on wildlife (including the Fraser River sockeye salmon), water quality, human health and local jobs. This has also raised questions about how something like this is allowed to happen.

While we dig in to find answers to these important questions, please send a message to the B.C. government to ensure that something like this doesn't happen again.

http://ow.ly/A2Uhz



ABC Story:Mount Morgan gold mine is leaking pollutants into the Dee River


Mt Mogan mine and the Dee River

Central Qld river contaminated by an old mine

Clarence Greens Meeting



NEXT MEETING:

 12:30, 22nd August at Clarence Environment Centre, 
29-31 Skinner St, South Grafton.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

“Only a tiny minority of catastrophically injured workers in NSW will receive medical benefits for life."


At the injured workers forum in Kempsey August 7.
“In an instant anyone can go from being a productive employee to an injured worker and that’s why everyone should be taking a close look at this government’s savaging of workers' compensation benefits,” said David Shoebridge.



“An injury as serious as the loss of a foot is not considered a serious injury after so-called ‘reforms’ to NSW compensation law,” said David Shoebridge.


“Workplace injury can be life changing for workers and their families. Workers compensation is a matter of basic decency for all workers and employers,” said Carol Vernon.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Abbott to import more foreign workers

From Facebook site The Daily Telegraph Pole




While the Abbott government recruits Australia's youth for their "Green Army":

7th June 2014 - Foreign chefs, bricklayers and tilers will no longer require a sponsor to work in Australia come July in a bid by the Federal Government to fill labour and skills shortages.

The three professions have been added to the Skilled Occupation List which means workers do not have to be sponsored by employers for a permanent visa.

July 29th 2014 - The Abbott Government has taken three significant steps that undermine Australian participation in offshore oil and gas projects.

It has:

• Introduced a Bill to repeal the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Act 2013 which was passed by the Parliament in 2013 to address a flaw in Australia’s migration law following a Federal Court judgement in the Allseas case that found that certain groups of workers were not within the migration zone and did not require visas to work in Australia;

• Introduced a Regulation under that Act that specified an inappropriate visa class as a work visa to conform with the Act (the Maritime Crew Visa, which is a transit visa for visiting international seafarers, not a work visa); and

• When the Senate rightly disallowed the regulation specifying that visa, introduced a Determination that effectively makes the Act null and void in complete disregard to the wishes of the Parliament.

And - Tony Abbott and his Liberal (and National Party) government have made adjustments to the 457 Visa regulation, allowing employers to again hire an unlimited amount of foreign workers with a temporary working visa. The reopening of this controversial is in stark contrast to the previous Labour government who who tightened regulation to prevent employers from hiring more workers then they originally advertised to the market.

Sources and read more:

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbotts-green-army-ready-to-march-but-its-not-work-for-the-dole-20140802-zzqqp.html

http://www.mua.org.au/maritime_unions_to_challenge_abbott_s_offshore_visa_mess

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2651275/End-sponsored-visas-foreign-chefs-bricklayers-tilers.html#ixzz39JBoK27H

http://www.457visacompared.com.au/457-visa-blog/abbott-loosens-457-regulation/

Campaign to save women's refuges

Save women’s refuges

Reblogged from Greens MP Jamie Parker's website 

 

 

Can you help? We need 10,000 signatures. 

Following the NSW Government's reforms to how vital women's services are funded, many women's refuges are at risk of closure or of being taken over by large, often religious, organisations.

These reforms will undo 40 years of hard work, which has shown us that services run for women by women are the most effective.

Women make a difficult and dangerous decision in seeking to flee an abusive relationship. A woman and her children are most physically vulnerable to harm when the decision is made to leave a violent partner. It is vital that women feel they are going to a safe place.

We are working with SOS Women's Services to gain signatures on a petition I will present to Parliament. Due to Parliamentary rules, the signatures must be original and in hardcopy.

Can you help? We need 10,000 signatures.

Please download the petition here and get your workmates, friends and family to sign.


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You can read my post about the impact of these closures here.

SOS Women’s Services - a coalition of women and women’s services – has an online petition supporting continued funding for women’s homelessness services in NSW here.

And read some recent media on the issue here.

Coal seam gas on LandCom land in Western Sydney – Channel Seven – 28 July 2014


Abbott must pressure US to stop providing arms to Gaza conflict: Bandt

"Australia cannot stand idly by while its ally arms one side of the conflict in Gaza," said Mr Bandt.

"Any further temporary ceasefire is threatened if the US simply uses the time to rearm the more powerful side of the conflict."

"The Greens reiterate our support and commitment to the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Palestinian and Israeli people to live in peace and security in their own independent, sovereign states.

"The Abbott government has been fulsome in its condemnation of Hamas, but its silence on the actions of the Israeli government has been deafening.

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