According to NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge, Legislation passed in NSW in 2010 could make actress Nicole Kidman a criminal if she returns to NSW. SMH
“Legislation passed in NSW in 2010 criminalised anyone who normally lives in NSW who engages in commercial surrogacy anywhere in the world.
“If Ms Kidman engaged in commercial surrogacy, that act could see her hunted down as a criminal by the Attorney-General the next time she returns to NSW.
“When the Surrogacy Act 2010 was introduced in the NSW Parliament, it began as progressive legislation giving equal rights to all children born of altruistic surrogacy in NSW.
The second day of the NSW Upper House Inquiry into power privatisation revealed even more bad news for NSW households, according to Greens NSW MP and committee member John Kaye.
Commenting on the public evidence, Dr Kaye said: "Treasury officials spilt the beans on the costs of damages payable to the gentraders, the loss of state revenue from the sale and the cash payouts to the generators to prop up their financial affairs after they lose access to the electricity market.
"When you sum it all up there is likely to be nothing left of the $5.3 billion sale price that Treasurer Eric Roozendaal promised.
Following reports that the Minister for Health's chief of staff is leaving to work for a major consortium delivering the largest ever health public private partnership undertaken in NSW, Greens candidate for Marrickville Fiona Byrne said this confirms the urgent need for a ban on Ministers and their senior staff moving directly from office to private sector positions relating to their portfolios. As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald
“Reports like this about Carmel Tebbutt’s staff will only confirm the growing belief that Labor no longer represents the values it used to,” Ms Byrne said.
"The people of NSW are sickened by this revolving door between government and industry that has become common practice for politicians and their senior staff.
Greens NSW MP and Local Government spokesperson David Shoebridge welcomed the Independent Network and the Greens retaining control of the Presidency of the Local Government Association at the LGA Annual Conference in Albury.
“This is a great result – NSW was in serious danger of sliding completely into the hands of the Coalition,” Mr Shoebridge said.
“If the Coalition had taken control of the Local Government Association, then local government would have lost its voice following the inevitable defeat of the ALP in the March 2011 State election.
“We can now look forward to the Local Government Association continuing as an independent voice which can stand up to any incoming government.
Occupying 22 hectares of public harbour foreshore land in the heart of the city, with an estimated total cost of $6 billion, the NSW Government has indicated they intend to provide absolutely no public housing in the development of Barangaroo.
NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge said:
“With over 43,000 people waiting on the NSW public housing list, the Keneally Government has a public duty to include public housing units in the Barangaroo development.
“The failure by this government to provide a single unit of public housing in Barangaroo is disgraceful.
“In reply to questions taken on notice by the Minister for Housing during budget estimates in September, the answer about the government’s commitment to public housing in Barangaroo was clear: not one unit.
Greens MP David Shoebridge has called on the Government to start spending money collected for affordable housing purposes in the Redfern Waterloo area.
“The Redfern Waterloo Authority is able to levy new developments and spend the money collected on affordable housing in the area, but to date it has produced not a single affordable housing dwelling for students, workers and others who are currently paying high rents,” said David Shoebridge, Greens spokesperson for Housing.
Greens MPs questioned the CEO of the Redfern Waterloo Authority, Roy Wakelin-King, and the Planning and Housing Ministers, during Budget Estimates hearings, about plans for the area.
“Mr. King admitted that not one single affordable home has been built.
“We assume the money collected for this purpose is just sitting in Redfern Waterloo Authority’s bank account."
“The new NSW Housing Minister, Frank Terezini, gave an underwhelming performance at the Housing Estimates hearing this week in parliament,” said Greens MP and Housing spokesperson David Shoebridge.
“The Housing Minister Mr. Frank Terezini, did not appear to have much interest in, let alone knowledge of, his own portfolio.
“Minister Terezini could not tell us if there would be any social or affordable housing as part of the Barangaroo development.
“He said he had not even talked to the Planning Minister about it, nor about extending affordable housing schemes to other parts of Sydney and NSW.
“The Minister had no idea how much the State component of Housing NSW’s budget was.
“He didn’t know why funding to Housing NSW from NSW consolidated funds is projected to fall by 22% over the 3 years to 2011.
Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown joined NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge to launch the consultation process for a NSW bill of rights. Ahead of a forum with former Attorney General John Dowd AO on International Human Rights Day, Mr Shoebridge pointed to recent events as indicators of the urgent necessity for a bill of rights.
“The recent furious attacks on Wikileaks and Julian Assange are a good reminder of why it’s so important that our rights are protected,” Mr Shoebridge said.
“Australia is one of the few advanced democracies in the world that does not enshrine its citizens’ rights to essential freedoms in a core bill of rights.
“Without a bill of rights, we give a far freer rein to governments of all political colours to bit by bit limit our capacity to express dissent, to organise and to protest.
“Most people would agree we should all have the right to vote, the right to a fair trial, and freedom from torture and discrimination.
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