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E-Brief

Issue #360, 15 May 2015

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Welcome to the Greens NSW ebrief, the fortnightly newsletter to help share with you the latest Greens events, campaigns and activities of our MPs.


And a particularly warm welcome to our new party members and to the two newly elected lower house MPs, Tamara Smith and Jenny Leong.


With more members and MPs, the party has a renewed appetite to run energetic, community based campaigns to drive social and environmental change.


We hope you enjoy this edition and it contributes to your engagement with the Greens.

Jane Oakley

Message from the acting convenor
Jane Oakley


What a week! From the Progress Conference, to a change in the federal parliamentary leadership, the release of the federal budget, to the Australian Greens national council. The Greens NSW would like to thank Christine and Adam for their wonderful work and welcome the new team of Richard, Scott and Larissa. We look forward to working together to deliver positive outcomes through genuinely collaborative decision making within our party.

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Senator Lee Rhiannon

Abbott’s latest budget locks in cuts to education, health and social services
Senator Lee Rhiannon


The Abbott government has kept many of the harsh and unfair elements of the 2014 budget and has failed to deliver a credible economic plan to create jobs and invest in public services in NSW. I am hosting a forum about the budget Thursday 20 May. All welcome.

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Jan Barham MLC

Fund Our Libraries: Support our new petition to fix library funding in 2015
Jan Barham MLC

 

The Baird Government didn’t make an election commitment to fix the funding of public libraries. The Library Regulations are due to be replaced this year so an urgent show of support is needed - please sign and share our petition calling for a Parliamentary inquiry and a fair funding model.
 

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Jeremy Buckingham MLC

 

Crack down on e-cigarettes
Jeremy Buckingham MLC

 

Jeremy is now the Greens NSW Health Spokesperson and is targeting the rise of electronic cigarettes. Big tobacco is marketing e-cigs as colourful and cool. Although selling nicotine is illegal, no prosecutions have occurred and e-cigs are not captured by smoke-free environment or marketing restrictions that apply to tobacco. Read stories here and here.

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Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC

Calls for environmental and animal welfare leadership
Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC

 

On the first day back of parliamentary business, I challenged the new Environment Minister, in the Sydney Morning Herald, to show environmental leadership. Puppy factories have also been hot on the agenda as Greens pressure preceded the government announcing a parliamentary inquiry into these hives of animal cruelty and abuse. 

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John Kaye MLC

Pro privatisation poles and wires inquiry plays into Premier’s hands
John Kaye MLC


Fred Nile’s quick and dirty inquiry into the planned lease of the poles and wires is set to deliver a pro privatisation verdict for the Premier by silencing critics and stopping the committee investigating the impacts on clean energy, job losses, the economy and network reliability. 

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David Shoebridge MLC

 

Greens relaunch Animals in the wild 2015 photo competition
David Shoebridge MLC

 

Entries are now open for Animals in the Wild 2015 photo competition. Animals in the Wild responds to the hunting and killing culture of Huntfest. It says shoot with a camera, not a gun. We've already received many high quality entries. We invite everyone to get snapping and enter online.

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Jenny Leong MP

Our first days in Parliament
Jenny Leong MLA - Greens MP for Newtown

 

Thanks to everyone who attended my inaugural speech. After this, we didn’t waste time.  In response to our question on WestConnex the government committed to release the business case. We also put Australian Technology Park, renter rights, train station accessibility, and human rights on the agenda. Contact us here.

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Jamie Parker MP

GREENS REMAIN CHAMPIONS FOR ICAC
Jamie Parker MLA - Greens MP for Balmain


It’s a joy to be joined in parliament by Jenny and Tamara. Apart from local electorate work, defending the role of ICAC in fighting corruption remains my major focus. Last week we supported a law so corruption findings stand, however I am concerned it does not restore ICAC's powers.

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Tamara Smith MP

A Green future for Ballina
Tamara Smith MLA - Greens MP for Ballina


It was a great pleasure to give my inaugural speech this week as the first Greens Member for Ballina and the first Green to win a seat from the Nationals. You can watch my speech here. Thank you to all the members and supporters who were part of the campaign.

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Party Matters

SEnate preselection

Nominations are now open for the Greens NSW Senate ticket at the next federal election and close at 5.00pm on Monday 18 May 2015.

 

The preselection rules are available on the members' website.

 

To nominate for preselection, you must: 

  • be a currently financial, non-provisional member of the Greens NSW
  • be eligible to be nominated for election to the Senate in accordance with the relevant sections of the Australian Constitution
  • be nominated by six currently financial, non-provisional members of the Greens NSW who are not Greens MPs, their paid staff, former Greens MPs, Greens NSW office bearers or party paid staff
  • submit the nomination form (on the members' website) to the preselection returning officer by 5.00pm on Monday 18 May 2015.

A candiate forum or forums will take place in the early part of the voting period. Some travel assistance is available to enable candidates to attend these forums. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the returning officer: 

Tony Hickey

Senate Preselection Returning Officer

The Greens NSW

0406 711 352

preselect@nsw.greens.org.au