Wollombi community deserted by govt MPs in battle to save Public School

Liberals and Nationals MPs refused to accept a Greens motion supporting the unanimous resolution of the Wollombi community meeting to discuss the future of their local public school.

Greens NSW MP John Kaye, who attended the community meeting held on Tuesday 2nd September at Wollombi Community Hall, moved the motion (text below) in the NSW Upper House. It was blocked by Coalition MPs.

NSW Upper House supports ongoing recognition of forced adoption practices

Greens MP and spokesperson on Family and Community Services, Jan Barham, has welcomed the NSW Legislative Council's passage of her motion calling for recognition of forced adoption practices.
 
"September 20 will be the second anniversary of the NSW Government's apology for past forced adoption practices. I am gratified and deeply moved that the Upper House has supported the call for continued acts of recognition," Ms Barham said.
 
"The NSW apology, along with the apologies by the Australian Government and other states and territories, were profound acts of recognition our past mistakes. But just as the impacts of forced adoptions were lifelong, the apologies should be followed by ongoing efforts to remember and understand the harms caused to many parents and children.

Fred Nile “ban the burqa” Bill offensive and divisive dog-whistling

Greens NSW MP and spokesperson for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women Dr Mehreen Farqui has condemned the Reverend Fred Nile introducing legislation to ban full-face coverings, with his speech focussed primarily on banning Muslim women from wearing burqas.
 
“Whether it’s the right to abortion or wearing clothing of their choice, Reverend Nile seems obsessed with what women do with their bodies,” Dr Faruqi said.
 
“We live in a society where people have the right to wear what they want.
 
“Muslim women have the right to freedom of choice, just like every other Australian.

Crisis in public high school capacity years in the making

After years of neglect by Labor, the Liberal state government is now compounding the problem with its continued failure to bring forward solutions to the capacity problem.
 
"The data in today's Sydney Morning Herald article is not new," said Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain. "In my electorate alone there is a projected increase of 1000 students over the next five years.