Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has labelled the NSW Government's 'Upper Hunter Air Particles Action Plan', released today, as an insult to the local community that has been begging for better dust controls for years. Ms Faehrmann says the plan is an inadequate response to the serious health risks of particulate pollution.
Workers in National Parks are being told by the O'Farrell government to apply for bullet proof vests to protect themselves from the amateur hunters being sent into their workplaces as part of the deal the government cut with the Shooters Party.
The Greens are calling for the Minister for Planning Brad Hazard to replace the Chair of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) hearing the Huntlee development, following a series of rulings that have given developers unfair access to the PAC while leaving local residents out in the cold.
Federal Labor is getting dangerously close to missing the deadline to hold a referendum on local government constitutional recognition to coincide with the September election, said Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon, following reports today of NSW councils in dire need of secure federal funding to fix neglected bridges (SMH today, 'Councils go cap in hand to O'Far
The O'Farrell government is defying public opinion to push ahead with its plans to sell off the state's power generators in preparation for privatising the wires and poles, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
('Power price revolt' Sun Herald 31 March, page 1, http://j.mp/10bvLp9)