Welcoming the Cabinet decision to ban political party officials working as lobbyists the Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Coalition government to establish an Office of the Commission of Lobbying to provide the thorough clean up the industry urgently needs.
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham said new federal Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane had effectively declared war on farmers and communities resisting coal seam gas* after he labelled opponents "noisy protesters" and "minority groups", citing "the need to make sure we get this gas out of the ground" in NSW as the "most urgent resource issue" for the new government.
"The Abbott Government has declared war on the farmers and communities around NSW who are trying to protect their land and water from the threat posed by coal seam gas," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
The Greens today welcomed the Government's announcement of a review of police oversight of critical incidents by former Federal Attorney General Robert McClelland.
In NSW the Greens have long campaigned for a review of the current oversight system which is overly complex, opaque and which has consistently failed those with legitimate complaints about police actions.
Legislation banning on all psychoactive substances passed by the NSW Upper House this evening is doomed to failure while increasing the damage done by new synthetic drugs that will inevitably come onto the market, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
The Australian Greens will push for lobbyist reform to close the loophole which has allowed minor party preference consultant Glenn Druery to remain off the Register of Lobbyists because his firm says it does not lobby government representatives, only non-government politicians.
Greens MP Jamie Parker is calling on local residents to help make a positive difference for those living with type 1 diabetes by making a donation to the Australian Diabetes Council or purchasing Buzz Day merchandise during 'Buzz Month' in September.
O'Farrell government Upper House Whip Peter Phelps supported the use of terror by military dictatorships in a speech to the NSW parliament, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.