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Greens NSW E-Brief

Issue #367, 20 August 2015

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Climate for Action

 

Yes, the emission targets adopted by developed nations ahead of the Paris summit on climate action in December are a woefully inadequate response to the science and public opinion. But they do legitimise action to keep fossil fuels in the ground and rapid investment in renewables. So Greens will be supporting the (hoped-for) huge demonstrations around the globe November 28-29 on the eve of the Paris summit.

 

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Hall Greenland

Message from the convenor

Hall Greenland

A trifecta at the State Delegates Council in Gloucester last weekend: 1. We consolidated links with the local movement against the AGL gasfield 2. We held a public event at the RSL club and 3. We agreed to give full support to the sacked Hutchison wharfies – the last an initiative of the Young Greens whose influence is starting to match their surge in membership. Minutes posted here soon.


Jeremy Buckingham MLC

Greens campaign for Farms Not Coal at AgQuip

Jeremy Buckingham MLC

Jeremy joined Greens members from the New England area to campaign for farms not coal at the AgQuip field days this week. There was a lot of support for this campaign and a lot of anger, particularly over the approval of the Shenhua Watermark coal mine on the Liverpool Plains.

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Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC

Let’s identify and tackle sexism in Australia

Mehreen Faruqi MLC

As the NSW Treasurer called for Liberal Party gender equality targets, I wrote (from an already gender-balanced party room!) about broader issues of sexism and misogyny in Australian society. I hosted the Sydney East Transport Forum in which we called for a Bondi Junction Cycleway and a lift at Edgecliff station.

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John Kaye MLC

Out with the old, in with the renewables

John Kaye MLC

John toured the Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT and the Capital Wind Farm near Bungendore as part of the 100% Renewable NSW campaign. As Abbott’s war on renewables heats up, the Greens are calling on the Baird government to create incentives for more large scale energy projects.

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David Shoebridge MLC

Join the campaign to protect public land

David Shoebridge MLC

Across the state public land continues to be lost to private interests for private profits. While working with community groups who are campaigning to protect their patch, our office is calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into public land. Find out more, join the campaign and sign the petition.

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Jenny Leong MP

WestConnex motion debated in NSW parliament

Jenny Leong MP - Greens MP for Newtown

Last week the NSW Parliament debated Jenny’s motion calling for a halt on all WestConnex activity until the full business case and EIS are released. While the government opposed, Labor supported the motion, a sign of the effect the strong community-based campaign is having. Watch the proceedings here.

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Jamie Parker MP

Defending the right of NGO’s to speakout

Jamie Parker MP - Greens MP for Balmain

Conservative governments are moving to silence NGO’s at the state and Federal level. See Jamie’s speech in Parliament defending the right of NGO’s to advocate without fear of government retribution.

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Tamara Smith MP

Banning the Bag

Tamara Smith MP - Greens MP for Ballina

Last week in Parliament I supported the community campaign to ‘Ban the Bag’ in NSW. 4 billion single use plastic bags are used in Australia each year and tens of thousands of marine animals are injured or killed because of them. Be part of the campaign to ‘Ban the Bag’.

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Senator Lee Rhiannon

Senate backs Greens call on jobs

Senator Lee Rhiannon

The Greens motion calling on the federal government to intervene in BlueScope Steel in Port Kembla was passed by the Senate. This will help save 10 000 jobs. I will be visiting the local community next week. I spoke about the successful action by the Hutchison Port workers in the Senate.

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Jan Barham MLC

Submissions on Reparations for the Stolen Generations due 27 September

Jan Barham MLC

Please encourage people or groups in your local community who may have an interest to make a submission. Note: reparations are defined broadly to include support services, preventing repetition, etc. Contact me if I can provide any assistance or advice.

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