Greens spokesperson for Higher Education, Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"New Minister for Education Christopher Pyne is injecting uncertainty into the higher education sector as a smokescreen for his intention to legislate $2.3 billion worth of cuts to universities and student welfare.
"It's good to see the Minister backtrack from the statements that suggested he would axe participation targets designed to encourage students from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds to attend university and immediately scrap the Student Services and Amenities Fee. We will hold him to account on both.
Another liquor outlet in Tamworth will be responsible for yet more domestic violence in an area already saturated with bottleshops, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Dr Kaye said, "Council should put a stop to the growth in the number and intensity of liquor outlets.
"It's great news Tony Abbott's attempt to shut down the independent advice of the Climate Commission has been thwarted," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.
"Despite Abbott's repeated attacks on the climate, I am thrilled to hear our top scientists have formed the Climate Council so they can continue to educate Australians about the serious impacts of global warming.
"I urge Australians to join up and throw their support behind this important initiative.
"People around the world are shocked by Abbott's attempts to restrict information on climate change to 'government sources', especially given he wants to stop the press releases on asylum seekers and his attempts to politicise the Australian Research Council grants.
"With the IPCC report due out in coming days, our top scientists, many of whom were involved in writing it, will be ready to tell Australians what the science is really saying rather than seeing it through the lens of what the Murdoch press wants them to believe.
"I look forward to continuing to use the work of these experts to advocate for stronger and faster action on global warming."
After failing to adequately respond to the Impedient Commission Against Corruption's Friday raid on the offices of two Central Coast MPs, Premier Barry O'Farrell's government is being drawn into a campaign donation scandal involving staff of the Minister for Resources and Energy Chris Hartcher, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
('Donations link in raids on MPs', Sun Herald, 22 September, page 4, http://j.mp/sh130922)
Dr Kaye said: "Mr Hartcher must either step aside or give a full account of his involvement in the Eightbyfive campaign donations scandal.
"Premier Barry O'Farrell was elected on a platform of cleaning up donations and removing the pall they cast over his Labor predecessors.
The O’Farrell government’s attempt to fix its ineffective graffiti regime has now hopped into the ridiculous with proposed laws which will see children who draw hopscotch or handball courts on public footpaths or in public parks threatened with prosecution and facing $440 fines.
The new bill proposes to make intentional marking on any property an offence unless the person has the permission of the owner or occupier. So
unless children get their local council’s permission to chalk the footpath outside their home or school then it will be an offence for them to mark out a handball court or a hopscotch court.