The Greens say Christopher Pyne’s higher education plan does nothing more than slam the door on opportunity for millions of Australians.
“The Greens will not support Mr Pyne’s legislative package that massively cuts government funding to higher education, adds to the financial burden students are under and strips away opportunities,” Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Rhiannon said.
"I met with Minister Christopher Pyne, at his invitation, to discuss his higher education plans. While my talks with Mr Pyne were cordial, it is clear our respective visions for higher education are fundamentally divergent.
Greens NSW Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi has labelled today's reports of admission by the WestConnex Development Authority's Chairman, Tony Shepherd, that trucks would continue to use Parramatta Road, even after the WestConnex is completed, as further evidence of the project's lack of credibility.
Dr Faruqi said:
"Mr Shepherd's admission that truck movement on WestConnex are hard to control is completely contrary to previous claims that 'by putting much of the traffic underground, particularly trucks, Parramatta Road can be transformed'.
"The government's continued claims that WestConnex will take 3,000 trucks off Parramatta Road have lost all credibility.
Plans for a massive gas pipeline to connect NSW to Northern Territory fields and create a national market will devastate the state's renewable energy industry, push up greenhouse gas emissions and impose much higher longer term household energy costs, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
('Gas plan to power nation', Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August, page 1, http://j.mp/gas140826)
Dr Kaye said: "Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane wants a gas-dependent future for NSW's economy.
Greens NSW Multiculturalism and Status of Women spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi stated that in NSW Budget Estimates this week NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello revealed he will not make representations on behalf of two struggling multicultural women’s-only services, which will likely see the removal of essential support for many vulnerable women.
“The Immigrant Women’s Speakout and Muslim Women’s Support Centre provide essential services for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds facing life-threatening situations such as homelessness and domestic violence,” Dr Faruqi said.