Lee Rhiannon will be co-hosting a public forum on human rights for asylum seekers along with Member for Balmain Jamie Parker at Leichhardt Town Hall. Prominent barrister Julian Burnside QC will also be speaking.
Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says conversion to a metro style rail system won't solve Sydney's transport problems and a second harbour crossing will still be essential.
"Having more frequent services with single deck trains is a very costly way of addressing capacity issues. Regardless we'll eventually need a second harbour crossing and we need to plan for it now," said Ms Faehrmann.
"Not only is the cost to replace the carriages and signalling systems enormous, a metro won't provide enough seating for passengers on longer routes, forcing many people to stand. This is unacceptable given the ongoing suburban sprawl planned by the O'Farrell government.
Government submission backs gas industry over farmers & community
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining, Jeremy Buckingham MLC, is concerned that the government has decided to back the coal seam gas industry over farmers and community, after the government submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into coal seam gas was released yesterday.
"This submission shows that the National Party has either been rolled, or is utterly ineffective at protecting farmers rights," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
Senator Lee Rhiannon, representing the Australian Greens at tomorrow's one day Job Summit in Canberra, says she will continue to push for a parliamentary inquiry into jobs and manufacturing.
Last month Greens MP Adam Bandt moved for a Joint Select Committee in Parliament into Australian jobs and manufacturing inquiry. Terms of reference here: http://tinyurl.com/3klejqx
"An independent inquiry will allow room to fully explore the possibilities for government procurement and mandatory local content rules that are now in place in Canada and Brazil," Senator Rhiannon said.