A Metro Second Harbour Crossing Risks Future of Integrated Public Transport

Greens NSW MP and Transport Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has warned that building the second harbour crossing as an unintegrated metro service will restrict capacity, waste billions and go against every principle of integrated transport systems.

"Ms Berejiklian has stated that she wants to see the metro system extended down through an expensive new harbour crossing.

"If the government builds the second harbour crossing unable to accommodate double deck trains, as it has done on the North West Rail Link, it will throw Sydney's transport future into chaos.

"After they are done ripping up the recently completed Epping to Chatswood line and retrofitting it with an inferior metro system, which carries less people with fewer seats, the commuters of the Bankstown line will soon see years of buses as they rip up that line.

NSW Budget is an overdue opportunity to make library funding fairer

The upcoming NSW Budget should support public libraries and reduce the burden on financially-stretched councils, says the Greens' Arts spokesperson, Jan Barham.

"Successive state Governments have allowed the share of funding they provide for library services to decline, putting pressure on local government to make up the shortfall. This cost-shifting needs to end," Ms Barham said.

Native Vegetation Under Threat from Baird Reshuffle

Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has warned that native vegetation will be under renewed threat with reports that responsibility for native vegetation to be jointly overseen by the Nationals as well as the Environment Minister, Rob Stokes. Previously, native vegetation protection was the sole responsibility of the Environment Minister.

"The O'Farrell Government began the gutting of native vegetation protections by weakening the regulations, and now with Mike Baird as Premier, native vegetation protection will no longer even sit entirely under the Environment Minister.

"The Native Vegetation Act was introduced to stop the widespread environmental devastation caused by broadscale land clearing - it is essential that responsibility for protecting native vegetation remain with the Environment Minister.

"Mr Stokes has not even finished day one as the Environment Minister and already the role is being further diluted.

New cabinet, old politics

Premier Mike Baird has produced a pro-privatisation cabinet that will also lead the state into a no-holds-barred law-and-order auction election campaign, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: "Premier Mike Baird has assembled an economics team in his own image.

"Treasurer Andrew Constance and Services and Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet are ideological clones of their leader. Along with Energy Minister Anthony Roberts they will be enthusiastically preparing the state for the sale of the electricity wires and poles.

"The silencing of one of the leading Coalition opponents of the sell-off, Bathurst Nationals MP Paul Toole, has been effected by bringing him into the stronghold of cabinet solidarity.

"Once again the National Party has been manoeuvred into promoting a sale that will work against their constituents.