Opal Card an Opportunity to Improve Service, Not Cut Staff

Greens MP and Transport Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has criticised the Government over reports that over one hundred ticketing staff have been fired and more to go during the roll out of the Opal Card, which still has significant problems ('Ticket seller jobs slashed as commuters forced to buy Opal cards, unions claim' Daily Telegraph 11/8/2014).

Dr Faruqi said:

"The Opal Card is an opportunity to provide a more convenient ticketing experience, not an excuse to sack vital rail staff.

"This decision will lead to longer queues and have a significant impact on students and pensioners, who don't even have the option of an Opal Card at this stage.

Parliament and state damaged every day Owen and Cornwell stay in office

If NSW is to recover from the shocking revelations of tainted cash flowing thick and fast into the Liberal party in the Hunter, Andrew Cornwell and Tim Owen should quit politics today, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: "Council Assisting Geoffrey Watson's opening remarks on Wednesday were enough for the Greens to call on the two Hunter MPs to deny the allegations or immediately resign from public office.

"The last two days of evidence have made their positions in the parliament untenable.

"Their continued presence is dragging what's left of the parliament's reputation through the mud.

Government Must Protect Biodiversity in Legislation Review

Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called on the Government to commit to protecting our biodiversity and encouraged the public to make submissions to the Biodiversity Legislation Review which opened this week.
Dr Faruqi said:

"One year ago I joined this parliament, shortly after the National Party promised a "comprehensive overhaul" of environmental legislation, which was code for ripping up the Native Vegetation Act and other vital biodiversity protection laws.

"This review can be a massive risk for our environment, especially in the current atmosphere of anti-environmentalism and the ongoing attacks on our protected natural spaces.

"Biodiversity is too important to risk, once it is lost, it is lost forever.

Greens Condemn Racist on Bus

Greens NSW MP and Multiculturalism Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has condemned yesterday's anti-Semitic intimidation and threatening of school students.

Dr Faruqi said:

"The Greens strongly condemn yesterday's anti-Semitic intimidation and threatening of school students in Sydney's Eastern suburbs.

"We will not accept racism or religious vilification in any shape or form.

"It is deeply concerning that children as young as five have been subjected to this racist attack.

"The Greens condemn all forms of violence, racism and bigotry.  Our party is a proud supporter of a multicultural Australian society."

"Clearly more work needs to be done towards building a more cohesive society by promoting an everyday practice of peaceful and equitable dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and social justice between people from different cultures and faiths", she concluded.