Greens MP Urges Government to heed CSIRO Report on Litter and Introduce Container Deposit Scheme

Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has urged the NSW Government to listen to CSIRO and introduce a Container Deposit Scheme. The CSIRO report, 'Understanding the Effects of Marine Debris on Wildlife' released today calls the South Australian container deposit scheme  "an effective policy for reducing litter" which has led to South Australia having the lowest proportion of beverage container litter in cleanups in Australia, three times less than NSW, which has the highest proportion.
 
Dr Faruqi said:
 
"Today's CSIRO report shows that NSW has the highest proportion of beverage containers on clean-up sites, and South Australia the lowest. This should be a wakeup call for the NSW Government to introduce a South-Australian style container deposit scheme to prevent beverage litter.
 
"CSIRO has specifically identified the Container Deposit Scheme as an effective policy in reducing litter in South Australia so there is absolutely no reason why the NSW Government hasn't acted on this.

Greens Senator Rhiannon in Gloucester, backs opposition to AGL frack plan

Greens Senator and water spokesperson Lee Rhiannon will be in Gloucester today to support community protests over AGL's plan to frack for coal seam gas in the region.
 
"This is a high risk project which should never have been approved," said Senator Rhiannon.
 
"AGL is putting the communities' health and water at risk all for the sake of increasing exports. This is not a fair deal, especially for the people who have to live next to the wells.
 
"I am in Gloucester to listen to the community and hear their concerns about the project. It is a shame that NSW government representatives are not working with the community to represent their concerns.
 
"That AGL's own hydro ecologist has identified this project as high risk should be ringing alarm bells in the NSW government.

As ICAC wraps NSW Liberals' crisis deepens

This afternoon as Operation Spicer wraps up, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has taken a tenth scalp from the NSW Liberal party. Member for Port Stephens, Craig Baumann, has finally stood aside after allegations of secret funding from developers, doctoring receipts and tax evasion.
 
"Craig Baumann's resignation from his party highlights the extraordinary depth of corruption in the NSW Liberal party that has been exposed by ICAC," said Greens MP Jamie Parker. "The unprecedented count is now ten NSW Liberals to stand aside or resign from parliament."
 
"ICAC has revealed a culture of criminality and corruption in both the NSW Labor and Liberal parties in the race for political donations.

Wollombi community deserted by govt MPs in battle to save Public School

Liberals and Nationals MPs refused to accept a Greens motion supporting the unanimous resolution of the Wollombi community meeting to discuss the future of their local public school.

Greens NSW MP John Kaye, who attended the community meeting held on Tuesday 2nd September at Wollombi Community Hall, moved the motion (text below) in the NSW Upper House. It was blocked by Coalition MPs.

NSW Upper House supports ongoing recognition of forced adoption practices

Greens MP and spokesperson on Family and Community Services, Jan Barham, has welcomed the NSW Legislative Council's passage of her motion calling for recognition of forced adoption practices.
 
"September 20 will be the second anniversary of the NSW Government's apology for past forced adoption practices. I am gratified and deeply moved that the Upper House has supported the call for continued acts of recognition," Ms Barham said.
 
"The NSW apology, along with the apologies by the Australian Government and other states and territories, were profound acts of recognition our past mistakes. But just as the impacts of forced adoptions were lifelong, the apologies should be followed by ongoing efforts to remember and understand the harms caused to many parents and children.