NSW Government Repeating M5 Mistakes with WestConnex and NorthConnex

Greens MP and Roads Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has stated that the Government is repeating the mistakes of the M5 with the expensive and unnecessary WestConnex and NorthConnex projects.
 
Dr Faruqi said:
 
"NSW Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, has today said that M5 East Tunnel is a monument on how roads should not be constructed, whilst at the same time wasting billions of dollars on wasteful motorways and polluting smokestacks.

Greens MP Urges Government to heed CSIRO Report on Litter and Introduce Container Deposit Scheme

Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has urged the NSW Government to listen to CSIRO and introduce a Container Deposit Scheme. The CSIRO report, 'Understanding the Effects of Marine Debris on Wildlife' released today calls the South Australian container deposit scheme  "an effective policy for reducing litter" which has led to South Australia having the lowest proportion of beverage container litter in cleanups in Australia, three times less than NSW, which has the highest proportion.
 
Dr Faruqi said:
 
"Today's CSIRO report shows that NSW has the highest proportion of beverage containers on clean-up sites, and South Australia the lowest. This should be a wakeup call for the NSW Government to introduce a South-Australian style container deposit scheme to prevent beverage litter.
 
"CSIRO has specifically identified the Container Deposit Scheme as an effective policy in reducing litter in South Australia so there is absolutely no reason why the NSW Government hasn't acted on this.

Abbott under pressure to wind up Free Enterprise Foundation

The Greens are calling for the controversial Liberal party slush fund, the Free Enterprise Foundation, to be shut down.
 
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said "the Free Enterprise Foundation is toxic to democracy with this fund raising arm of the NSW Liberals laundering more than $700,000 for that party.
 
"There is now overwhelming evidence before ICAC of the role of Free Enterprise Foundation in funnelling money into the NSW Liberal Party from banned donors.
 
"Geoffrey Watson, SC counsel - assisting ICAC, has stated that the Free Enterprise Foundation has been used to 'disguise donations from prohibited donors'.
 
"This alone should be a good reason for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to instruct his party to shut down this secretive fundraising body.

NSW Government Must Oppose Shooters Native Vegetation Bill or Risk a Return to Broadscale Clearing

Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called on the Government to oppose a Shooters and Fishers Party bill that would gut the Native Vegetation Act and risk returning NSW to the bad old days of broadscale clearing. The Government cabinet will reportedly meet today to take a position on the bill.
 
Dr Faruqi said:
 
"The Government must oppose this destructive Shooters bill. If it doesn't, it will merely confirm that this is the most anti-environment Government NSW has seen.
 
"Just a few weeks back, the Environment Minister reaffirmed that he had carriage of the Native Vegetation Act. It is now time for him to show leadership and commit the Government to opposing this bill which would devastate out natural environment.