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



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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