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4 April 2014

 

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The commencement this week of the light rail extension from Liylfield to Dulwich Hill is testament to years of grassroots campaigning. Popular, practical and environmentally-positive there are many people claiming credit for it.  However it’s undeniable that the Greens, and in particular the Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker, played a big part in getting this new tramway up and running.

 

Another win was AGL and Santos signing what’s called a gentleman’s agreement not to force their way onto farms for CSG fracking. Yes, it’s not law and companies like Metgasco haven’t signed. Nevertheless, like earlier victories in this campaign, it’s proof that the efforts of those blockaders – including many Greens - at Bentley and Maules Creek this week are not in vain. Grassroots democracy in action does work.

- Hall Greenland, NSW Convenor.

Historic bill to repeal Ellis defence moved in NSW Parliament
David Shoebridge MLC

 

In a week where the Royal Commission heard damning evidence of the Catholic Church's so-called "Ellis Defence" defeating legitimate claims for compensation for child sexual abuse, Australia's first legislative move to repeal the defence was taken with David's second reading of the Greens Justice for Victims Bill.

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Blockade heroes & 100% Renewables
John Kaye MLC

 

John spent Monday with the Leard Blockade campaigning against the Maules Creek Coal Mine. Inspiring 92 year-old protestor Bill Ryan, and the other 91 people who were arrested, sent a powerful message that it's time to stop ripping up forests for coal mines and instead build the jobs-rich 100% renewables future.

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Another community win: Inner West light rail opens
Jamie Parker MLA

After campaigning for more than a decade with local residents and community groups for the Inner West light rail extension, Jamie was one of the first to travel on the new line when it launched last week. The campaign continues for free student travel on trams, sign up here.

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Morrison adds one more layer of asylum seeker cruelty
Senator Lee Rhiannon

 

Inspiring action at Villawood Immigration prison against the removal of 83 asylum seekers and refugees to remote detention centres. PM Abbott's failure to support caps on election spending and a ban on corporate donations shows his intent is to keep big business money for the Liberal Party.

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Community rallies against coal seam gas - Bentley Blockade
Jeremy Buckingham MLC

 

The Northern Rivers is under threat from unconventional gas drilling. 2,000 people rallied prepared to participate in direct action to stop drilling. Can you help out or support? Watch this video and visit this website.

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Spreading a strong Greens voice across communities
Mehreen Faruqi MLC

 

Last week I hosted a Multicultural Forum to further the conversation with community groups around common issues. I spoke out on the failure of biodiversity offsets to achieve conservation outcomes. And WestConnex papers reveal vital public services to be outsourced, confirming the government's privatisation agenda for transport.

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Inquiry into concerns about unpaid work placements
Jan Barham MLC

 

Young people can find that unpaid internships or 'trial' work are negative experiences and at their worst may be exploitative, demeaning or dangerous. If you, or anyone you know, have an experience that would inform the Committee on Children and Young People's inquiry, please write a submission before 1 May.

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