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



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'.

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