Call for urgent investigation into Sydney home asbestos

Revelations that Mr Fluffy-type loose asbestos has been installed into some Sydney homes by a company based in Rozelle requires immediate action by the NSW Government.

Greens Member for Balmain Jamie Parker today called on the NSW Environment Minister to direct the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to urgently and thoroughly investigate the operations of Rozelle-based Bowsers Asphalt Pty Limited which was reportedly using loose fill asbestos from at least 1955.

"The current inquiry in the ACT is revealing alarming facts about what was known and ignored decades ago," said Mr Parker.

McCloy's writ exposes real intent of High Court challenge to developer donation ban

A writ filed in the High Court by Newcastle Mayor Jeff McCloy seeks to bring down not only the ban on developer donations but also to stop the ICAC investigation into a donation he admits his company made to a staffer of then Newcastle Liberal candidate Tim Owens, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('Newcastle mayor admits donation', Sydney Morning Herald, 2 August, page 12, http://j.mp/smh140802)

The writ shows that Cr McCloy:

*   admits that one of his companies made the $9,975 donation on 21 March 2011;

*   was the subject of a compulsory examination by ICAC on 25 June 2014 in relation to the donation;

*   and his companies intend to continue to make political donations "in connection with future New South Wales elections, to the extent permitted by law";

*   is arguing that the ban on political donations from property developers as well as from the alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries is an unconstitutional restraint on the freedom of political communication; and

*    is seeking High Court orders that these bans are invalid, that the donation was not unlawful and that the behaviour was therefore not corrupt under the ICAC legislation.

Call for urgent investigation into Sydney home asbestos

Revelations that Mr Fluffy-type loose asbestos has been installed into some Sydney homes by a company based in Rozelle requires immediate action by the NSW Government.

Greens Member for Balmain Jamie Parker today called on the NSW Environment Minister to direct the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to urgently and thoroughly investigate the operations of Rozelle-based Bowsers Asphalt Pty Limited which was reportedly using loose fill asbestos from at least 1955.

"The current inquiry in the ACT is revealing alarming facts about what was known and ignored decades ago," said Mr Parker.

Smart and Skilled complex fee structure a barrier to entry to skills training

Documents obtained by the Greens reveal a mind-bogglingly complex fee structure for students under the Baird government's new funding arrangements for vocational education and training to commence 1 January 2015.

'Fee confusion a barrier to training', The Australian, 31 July 2014

Greens NSW MP John Kaye said: "NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli claims his Smart and Skilled training market will facilitate choice but he has been told by his own consultants that the complexity of the fee structures will make comparisons between providers very difficult.

"Any claims of student choice under Smart and Skilled have been made a complete mockery by the leaked report.