The Greens NSW have welcomed the announcement of a review of the governance of the Game Council and the suspension of hunting in national parks, calling on the government to take the next step and suspend hunting in state forests.
Greens NSW Environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said:
Greens NSW Firearms spokesperson David Shoebridge today presented more petitions in the NSW Upper House opposing children being able to hunt unsupervised on NSW public land, taking the total number of petitioners up to just under one thousand.
The cancellation of water efficiency programs is designed to push up Sydney Water's dividend payments and hide the money wasted on the Kurnell desalination plant, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
('Water wise, dollar dumb' Sydney Morning Herald, page 1, http://j.mp/smh130221)
Another pollution incident: another reason for tougher pollution laws
Responding to serious concerns about the source and extent of drinking water contamination at Port Botany (see today's Sun Herald p1), Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says urgent changes to environmental laws are required to increase transparency by agencies and companies involved.
Massive coal and coal seam gas projects given go ahead
Federal Labor has just sent a very clear signal it is prepared to abandon the environment in the lead up to this year’s federal election through its approval of four major coal and coal seam gas projects, Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said today.
Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig is under pressure to ensure 12 million plus battery hens in Australia do not continue to live a cruel existence, following New Zealand’s decision to ban new cage installation from today and phase out the industry by 2022, says Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.
The O'Farrell government looks likely to expand the unwanted guns and hunting culture in NSW by supporting duck hunting legislation proposed by the fringe right wing Shooters Party. In return, the government appears likely to receive support for its contentious ports privatisation plan.
Despite noises of concern from federal MPs in the Hunter about the adverse health impacts of polluting coal dust, Labor and the Coalition joined forces in the Senate today to vote down a motion to establish a Senate Inquiry into the health impacts of coal mining, coal transport and coal export in the Hunter.