The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today criticized the CFMEU for failing to advocate strongly for a transition for their members away from the dying coal and gas industry and into renewable energy. This follows the CFMEU’s calls for the NSW government to support the expansion of Anglo American’s Drayton South mine which is set to close in 2017.
“The loss of jobs as coal mines close should come as no surprise to the CFMEU and yet they have failed their members by not developing a transition plan for jobs in renewable energy,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“There is growing community concern about the impact that coal mining has in driving climate change and it is time for us to move away from our dependence on the export oriented coal and gas industries.”
Greens NSW Spokesperson for Transport, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called on the Minister for Transport to issue an apology to people living with HIV and AIDS and a commitment to provide training for staff following an incident this week. Dr Faruqi also called for a thorough investigation. A train was evacuated at Wollongong after a passenger injured his leg and stated that he had AIDS.
"The Minister for Transport must investigate the incident, make an apology to people living with HIV/AIDS and undertake to train staff to ensure such an incident does not ever happen again.
"The idea that someone with HIV/AIDS who injures their leg is a public health risk to a whole train is both an out dated and dangerous idea.
"I am very distressed by what has happened and can only imagine how upset the LGBTI community and those living with HIV/AIDS must be feeling.
Data obtained by the Greens has found that an extraordinary 60% of all NSW high speed police car pursuits in 2013 were commenced as a result of traffic offences. A further 15% were due to failure to stop at an RBT and only a tiny minority, 11%, were to pursue a fleeing criminal from a crime scene with a further 15% chasing a stolen vehicle.
See further reporting on a recent deeply disturbing NSW high speed police chase initiated after an illegal u-turn and ending with police crashing into a bus stop
outside a child care centre.
The figures obtained by the Greens also show that in the last two years 8 people have died as a result of NSW police pursuits, and 78 have been injured, 14 of who were innocent bystanders.
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Australian Rail and Track Corporation to cover coal wagons in light of new information that clearly identifies uncovered coal wagons as causing spikes in air particle pollution http://bit.ly/1lRDyGR.
“State and federal governments are protecting coal company profits by trying to hide or misrepresent crucial evidence that reveals high pollution levels linked with transporting coal in uncovered rail wagons,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“The ARTC has the power to help reduce the public health impacts of coal transportation and they should move immediately to have mining companies pay the costs of covering all coal train wagons.