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A report by ICAC released today has called for radical reforms of Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. The recommendations for reform are so substantial that they in effect are calling for the repeal of Part 3A.
This is a damning assessment of Part 3A. ICAC has said Part 3A provides too much discretion, too little public scrutiny and too much political interference.
ICAC has recommended removing the planning minister’s power to rezone land through Part 3A. This is a well overdue reform. At present the planning minister can use Part 3A to deliver spot rezonings across the state, often in the face of strong community opposition, and against the recommendations of local councils.
MR: Locking up children just doesn’t add up
Greens MP and Police and Juvenile Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge today called on Police Minister Michael Daley to give further details on incidents of police assaults on young people, and demanded immediate action.
mmenting on the Premier’s announcement that she was taking control of the Barangaroo project, Greens NSW MP and Planning spokesperson David Shoebridge today called for the Premier to stop meddling and hand the whole project back to the City of Sydney.
“Minister, can you please explain what is so different about New South Wales, particularly our children, that your Government jails our children at more than four times the rate than they do just across the border in Victoria?”
Greens push for portable long-service leave for all NSW workers
Following legislation passing through NSW Parliament today giving long-service leave entitlements to contracted cleaners, Greens MP David Shoebridge has called for a similar portable long-service leave scheme for all workers in NSW.
WorkCover bullying needs a Parliamentary Inquiry not another report
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."