The privatisation budget for the big end of town

The Baird government is undermining the state's future revenue base to promise big projects for an election year and deliver tax cuts to the corporate sector, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
 
Dr Kaye said: "Treasurer Andrew Constance says that his government is now in control of the NSW budget.
 
"This is untrue.
 
"Real control has passed to the business sector who will reap the benefits of more than $780 million in the abolition of transfer and duty taxes.
 
"The construction industry will profit from the so-called recycling of assets and the business community will reap a lion's share of the benefits of new infrastructure.
 
"Big business has a Treasurer and a Premier who give them exactly what they want, despite the long term impacts on services and the state's revenue base.

Injured workers continue to hurt, while employers have their costs cut

Injured workers who are struggling to survive on workers compensation benefits have been struck another blow by the NSW Coalition government with its budget decision to cut employer premiums by 5% rather than using this money to restore benefits that were slashed in 2012 'reforms' .
 
Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
 
"Thousands of injured workers are living at or below the poverty line under this brutal scheme, but rather than restoring their benefits the Baird Government has chosen to cut employer premiums.

2014-2015 Budget Papers Confirm Government’s Plan to Sell Off Newcastle Rail Corridor to Developers

NSW Greens MP and Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has called the 2014/2015 budget confirmation that the truncation of the rail line in Newcastle is about a land grab, not public transport.
 

Rooftop solar industry about to take another blow

The NSW independent pricing regulator has today suggested to electricity retailers that they slash the amount paid for rooftop solar energy by up to 25 percent because of the imminent repeal of the carbon price, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
 
Dr Kaye said: "The solar industry is about to become a victim of both IPART's methodology that undervalues electricity from rooftop panels and the Abbott government's repeal of the carbon price.
 
"Despite the environmental and economic benefits of clean energy generated close to the load, solar installers have struggled with hostile policies from both levels of government for more than three years.
 
"Now they face yet another hurdle as potential customers see the already meagre benchmark tariffs cut by between 17 and 25.8 percent.
 
"IPART has refused to price solar power at anything like the retail tariff.

‘Ag Gag’ Laws Push Misguided

Greens NSW MP and Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has reported plans to introduce so called ‘ag-gag’ laws that would criminalise exposing animal cruelty on farms. She has also criticised the misuse of the proposed new biosecurity framework to pursue animal activists rather than focus on protecting our environment and agricultural sector.
 
Dr Faruqi said: “To call animal welfare activists who expose animal cruelty ‘terrorists’ really is a form of ridiculous hyperbole.
 
“The Primary Industries Minister has called animal activists ‘terrorists’ in the past and the Roads and Freight Minister has used similar ridiculous language in a response to a question I asked in parliament several weeks ago.