An admission in Senate Estimates that the government will hold back on legislating massive cuts to university funding until after the election will most likely put Tony Abbott’s Liberal party in the hot seat to pursue this deeply unpopular measure, warned Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.
“Ripping billions out of the university sector is not only dumb, a recent public poll shows it is extremely unpopular, and now it is likely that it will be Tony Abbott’s Coalition that will pushing these cuts through parliament after the Spring sittings, said Senator Rhiannon.
World Environment Day: Greens call on Barry O'Farrell to end anti-environment deals with Upper House cowboys
Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann will today use World Environment Day to call on the Premier Barry O'Farrell to stop using national parks, marine parks and biodiversity as bargaining chips for his deals with the extreme anti-environment Shooters Party in the NSW Upper House.
"When the people of NSW voted for Barry O'Farrell, they didn't expect a government in coalition with the extreme Shooters Party. But that's exactly what they got," said Ms Faehrmann.
Responding to the release of a new Sydney Airport Masterplan, Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says efforts to reduce bottlenecks will always be a band-aid solution when it comes to reducing congestion in and around the airport. Ms Faehrmann says the first step to improving amenity and productivity should be for the NSW Government to buy back the Airport Rail Line.
The upcoming NSW Budget should support public libraries and reduce the burden on financially-stretched councils, says the Greens’ Arts spokesperson, Jan Barham.
“Successive state Governments have allowed the share of funding they provide for library services to decline, putting pressure on local government to make up the shortfall,” Ms Barham said.
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has warned the Gillard government against using a deficient ARTC study released today to shirk its responsibility to carefully consider the health impacts of coal dust.
An unprecedented movement spreading across NSW
The campaign to protect our environment from mining and coal seam gas is moving up a gear
Written by Justin Field
If you think coal seam gas campaigns inNSW have hit a snag with the O’Farrell Government green-lighting expansion of drilling through their Strategic Land Use Policy, think again.
Ways to wreck the future: John Kaye takes a hard look at policies penalising public schools and TAFE
Greens MLC and Education spokesperson, John Kaye
One hundred and thirty two years ago Premier Henry Parkes legislated a promise to the people of NSW that every child would receive a quality, secular education, no matter what skills or disability they had, regardless of the wealth or poverty of their parents and wherever they lived.
Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon
Miranda is amazing. For 11 months her home has been a tree-sit wooden platform about five by five metres at the very top of old gum tree. I was so fortunate I was able to join her for lunch and a chat in her home, come office 60 metres above the ground.
By Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens
How do we build an economic system that serves the needs of people and nature, both for today and for tomorrow?
The economy is a tool; a tool we humans invented – like democracy and politics – to help govern our relationships between each other, and between ourselves and the world we live in. If our economic tools are not getting the outcomes we want, making us happy, safe, healthy, better educated and fulfilled and protecting and preparing our country for an increasingly uncertain future in a world on track to be 4 degrees warmer, then it is time our economic tools changed.
By Cate Faehrmann, MLC and Senate candidate
The NSW Government has rubber stamped Nick Greiner’s business-as-usual plan for Sydney’s transport system. They’ve agreed to prioritise a new $13 billion motorway ahead of long overdue and desperately needed public transport infrastructure.