Government Must Protect Biodiversity in Legislation Review

Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called on the Government to commit to protecting our biodiversity and encouraged the public to make submissions to the Biodiversity Legislation Review which opened this week.
Dr Faruqi said:

"One year ago I joined this parliament, shortly after the National Party promised a "comprehensive overhaul" of environmental legislation, which was code for ripping up the Native Vegetation Act and other vital biodiversity protection laws.

"This review can be a massive risk for our environment, especially in the current atmosphere of anti-environmentalism and the ongoing attacks on our protected natural spaces.

"Biodiversity is too important to risk, once it is lost, it is lost forever.

Greens Condemn Racist on Bus

Greens NSW MP and Multiculturalism Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has condemned yesterday's anti-Semitic intimidation and threatening of school students.

Dr Faruqi said:

"The Greens strongly condemn yesterday's anti-Semitic intimidation and threatening of school students in Sydney's Eastern suburbs.

"We will not accept racism or religious vilification in any shape or form.

"It is deeply concerning that children as young as five have been subjected to this racist attack.

"The Greens condemn all forms of violence, racism and bigotry.  Our party is a proud supporter of a multicultural Australian society."

"Clearly more work needs to be done towards building a more cohesive society by promoting an everyday practice of peaceful and equitable dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and social justice between people from different cultures and faiths", she concluded.

Dangerous alcohol promotions given another two years

NSW Hospitality Minister Troy Grant has rejected a recommendation that the controversial liquor promotion guidelines be immediately reviewed, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('Pubs could buy 'late trades' under new alcohol laws', Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August, p. 11, http://j.mp/smh140807)

Documents obtained by the Greens in 2013 revealed that the alcohol industry was allowed to make numerous changes to the draft guidelines before they were published. The final version failed to stop deep discounting, promotions that were attractive to children and two-for-one offers on supermarket shopper dockets. (See http://j.mp/liquor2013 for more details)

The five year review of the Liquor Act conducted by Michael Foggo recommended that the guidelines be looked at again this year. The Minister's response, was released yesterday afternoon, delayed any action until 2016. (Minister's response available at http://j.mp/LiquorReview14)

Dr Kaye said: "The NSW government has refused to immediately review the liquor promotion guidelines, despite Mr Foggo recognising that the process and outcome of the 2013 rewrite were inadequate.

Time for the guilty to leave parliament

After sensational allegations before the Independent Commission against Corruption involving Hunter Liberal MPs Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwell, Greens MP John Kaye is calling for them to deny they were involved in any attempt to collect and use illegal cash or immediately leave parliament.

Dr Kaye said: "There is no place in a democratic parliament for politicians who take brown paper bags of cash from developers.

"If these allegations are true - and Mr Owen and Mr Cornwell will know - then they should do the right thing and resign immediately.

"These allegations tarnish the reputation of the entire parliament, not just the NSW Liberals.

"Standing aside from their party room is no remedy for the serious allegations heard today.