Greens kick off TAFE tour in the Illawarra

As the clock ticks down to the introduction of the Baird government's devastating changes to the vocational education and training sector, time is running out for local communities in the Illawarra and South Coast to have their say about the future of TAFE, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye will be meeting with teachers and their union representatives on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week to discuss the impacts of the Coalition's Smart and Skilled training market on local TAFE colleges and the ability of young people in the region to access affordable quality skills training.

Pursuit of CSG for export leads to $21 billion hit to NSW economy

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today said blame for an up to $21 billion loss to the NSW economy due to a massive gas price hike lay firmly at the feet of multi-national gas companies pursuing coal seam gas for export as LNG.  

A NSW specific breakdown of analysis in the Deloitte Access Economics report release today, shows:
. a cumulative loss of  $32 billion over 2014-2021 in manufacturing, agriculture, construction and other industries;
. an associated increase of up to $11 billion in the gas and services industries;
. an overall hit of $21 billion to the NSW economy;
. 12,000-14,000 jobs losses in manufacturing nation-wide.

"The pursuit of coal seam gas for export is now being felt by our vital manufacturing industry and agriculture as it sends the price of gas skyrocketing.  Coal seam gas will be a major drag on the Australian economy," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Community alarmed at development announcement

Today's announcement by the NSW government of the redevelopment of public waterfront land in Balmain, Rozelle, Annandale, Lilyfield and Pyrmont has alarmed the local community who fear another Barangaroo style development.

“This precious public waterfront land must not be another Barangaroo where deals for mates and behind-closed-door negotiations deliver profit for developers at the expense of the community,” says Greens MP Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain, whose electorate encompasses the land.

“When it comes to development in this state we have seen time and again developer greed trump community need.

“Sydneysiders were sold the sunny vision of public waterfront parklands and community facilities at Barangaroo, but the reality has turned out to be high rise and high rollers.

“The government’s top priority must be to consult with local councils and communities, not leave planning and design in the hands of undemocratic agencies who will exist to extract profit from public land.

Stop Millers Point public housing sell-off – Senate backs Greens motion

The Australian Senate today passed a Greens’ motion calling on the NSW government to cease selling public housing in the historic inner Sydney suburb of Millers Point.

“This is a small but important victory for the Miller Points residents and their supporters who have been campaigning to save 293 public housing properties and to stop the eviction of 400 tenants from their homes slated for private sale,” Greens NSW Senator said.

“The Greens put this motion before the Senate to win federal support for this important campaign.

“A mighty community campaign saved Millers Point public housing in the 1970s when a Green Ban was imposed by the NSW Builders Labourers Federation.

“The community is again rallying against another Coalition government that is too close to developers.

“Millers Point is of enormous historical significance and public housing in this area is a rich part of the city’s heritage. The working class here is part of the character and soul of the city.