Greens MP to Place First Abortion Decriminalisation Bill on Notice in NSW Parliament

Greens NSW MP and Spokesperson for the Status of Women, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, will today place a bill on notice in the NSW Legislative Council in a move to initiate the long overdue debate on decriminalising abortion in NSW.  Dr Faruqi is moving the motion exactly one year after her start in the Legislative Council.  The notice of motion is the next phase of a consultation process to safeguard women's reproductive rights. This is the first abortion decriminalisation bill in NSW history.
 
"Today, I will give notice for what I believe to be the first abortion decriminalisation bill in New South Wales history.

Bishop’s corporatised aid plan set to damage communities, cost lives

The Australian Greens say the federal government’s plan for overseas aid announced today is reminiscent of the discredited aid policies of the 1980s with Australian companies set to profit at the expense of impoverished communities in the Asia Pacific region.
 
“Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has corporatised Australia’s overseas aid program to such a degree it will cost lives, while opening the door to corrupt practices,” said Greens international aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.
 
“Aid for trade and massive spending on large scale infrastructure projects represents a far reaching realignment of our aid program towards Australia’s interests over that of aid recipient countries and communities.
 
“Most of the nations that receive our aid do not have a strong private sector. It will be foreign multinationals or Australian companies that will pick up the infrastructure contracts.

Injured workers continue to hurt, while employers have their costs cut

Injured workers who are struggling to survive on workers compensation benefits have been struck another blow by the NSW Coalition government with its budget decision to cut employer premiums by 5% rather than using this money to restore benefits that were slashed in 2012 'reforms' .
 
Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
 
"Thousands of injured workers are living at or below the poverty line under this brutal scheme, but rather than restoring their benefits the Baird Government has chosen to cut employer premiums.

2014-2015 Budget Papers Confirm Government’s Plan to Sell Off Newcastle Rail Corridor to Developers

NSW Greens MP and Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has called the 2014/2015 budget confirmation that the truncation of the rail line in Newcastle is about a land grab, not public transport.