Baird 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 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.
 
Greens MP and Local Government spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
 
"Local government is coming under a sustained attack from the Coalition, with council elections the new item on the government's chopping board.
 
"Allowing local government elections to be held exclusively through the post, will inevitably disenfranchise voters, especially young people and those with impermanent addresses.

Greens Motion Passes Parliament Requiring Government Release of Newcastle Rail Papers

Greens NSW MP and Transport Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has successfully moved a 'call for papers' motion which requires the Government to release key documents associated with the Government's decision to truncate the Newcastle rail line on Boxing Day 2014.
 
Dr Faruqi said:
 
"The community and the Greens have long been advocating for the release of any analysis of why the Government is cutting the line and have repeatedly been stonewalled by the Transport Minister. Now with the passing of this Greens 'call for papers' motion, the Government will be forced to release key documents, such as the cost-benefit analysis and key transport planning documents.

Vale Gough: Statement from Greens NSW Convenor, Hall Greenland

It is a sad day but the good that people do lives on after them. And this is truer of Gough Whitlam than almost any other figure in our history. 

Statement from Greens Leader Christine Milne on the passing of Gough Whitlam

This is a significant moment for Australia as we remember Gough Whitlam and his momentous contribution to our nation. He was Prime Minister for only three years but he swept all before him. We all mourn his passing and celebrate his great life.
 
He was a larger than life figure whose leadership profoundly changed the nation for the better, forever.
 
Mr Whitlam made us a progressive nation and put us on the global map. After decades of conservative government, in came Gough.
 
His passion for social justice, education and the arts was legendary. He improved Australia's humanitarian and cultural standing in the world by ratifying the Human Rights Convention and the World Heritage Convention.