Monday, 27 February 2017

NSW Liberals and Nationals Refuse to Rule Out Preferencing One Nation



The NSW Liberals and Nationals have objected to a Greens NSW motion in the NSW Legislative Council calling on all parties to rule out preference deals with One Nation at the 2019 State election. Greens NSW MP and Multiculturalism Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has said that this is a worrying sign that the Liberals may do a deal with the far right party.

Dr Faruqi said:

“Today, the NSW Government had an opportunity to stand up against racism and bigotry but they chose not to.

“For the NSW Government to object to my motion calling on all parties to rule our preference deals with One Nation is a worrying sign that they may be prepared to sell out multicultural Australia by doing backroom deals.

Greens warn Labor: Don't cave in on penalty rates

The Greens today delivered a stern warning to WA Labor not to follow Barnett’s stance to wind back penalty rates should they win the March election, and will hold them to account in the next Parliament should they win.

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Alison Xamon said people who work in hospitality and service industries are often highly dependent on these penalty rates in order to have a livable wage.

“The Greens absolutely condemn Colin Barnett’s announcement that he intends to follow the decision by the Fair Work Commission to remove penalty rates for people who work on weekends,” she said.
“It is outrageous at a time of economic down turn, when people are struggling to deal with the cost of living that the Premier is threatening to drive wages down further.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

South Coast youth unemployment at crisis levels

Photo from sbs.com.au
Youth unemployment on the South Coast is at crisis levels according to NSW Greens MP and South Coast spokesperson Justin Field. The number of unemployed young people on the South Coast and Southern Highlands has hit 21.2%, the highest rate since July 2013.

The figures were published <https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/researchpapers/Pages/NSW-regional-labour-force-data---interactive-portal.aspx#Interactive%2520charts> this week by the NSW Parliamentary Library in their January Labour Force Trends report incorporating data from the ABS Labour Force Survey.

The figures showing near record high youth unemployment on the South Coast and Southern Highlands were released the same day as the federal announcement that Sunday penalty rates will be cut for hospitality and retail workers. This move will see many young people with jobs in the region facing a cut in their take home pay.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Invitation: Steve Posselt hands over petition Monday Feb 27. See this weekend's program.


Engineer and climate warrior Steve Posselt is now just 10 km off finishing his 8-week kayak trek to Canberra.

This is just a quick e-news to invite you to the Kayak4Earth Canberra finale events welcoming Steve on Saturday Feb 25 and the Climate Emergency Declaration petition handover at Parliament House forecourt at 12 noon on Monday Feb 27. All the details are at the Facebook event page

Fancy hearing about Steve's venture and meeting up with some 'cool' engineers who are keen to implement climate solutions? You can RSVP to the FREE Saturday afternoon Engineers Australia events at ANU at this EventBrite link.

Right now we have 17,426 signatures on the petition we will be handing over next Monday. This will mark the end of Steve Posselt's kayak trek collecting signatures, but we still want to continue collecting signatures till we reach 100,000 or so, so this will be an 'interim' handover.

We'd love to hit 20,000 by the end of the weekend though, so if you've not yet asked all your friends and relatives to sign, please do so NOW! They can sign at http://climateemergencydeclaration.org/sign.

Here are two links you can use to share or retweet right now if you wish:



Thanks again for all your help so far with our petition. Already over 17,000 people have joined in the demand for governments to declare a climate emergency and get on with the job of protecting us all from the dire climate impacts which will put us all in peril if they don't act now. We think it is perfectly reasonable to expect better from them!

Regards,
Margaret, Philip, Mik and the rest of the Climate Emergency Declaration petition team

Newcastle V8 Supercars: Wrong Race, Wrong Place


Greens MP Justin Field
The NSW Government will fast-track plans for the Newcastle V8 Supercar race without adequate community consultation or due consideration of heritage, environment and community impacts, according to Greens MP Justin Field.

The Government yesterday forced through legislation, supported by the Labor Party, which will give Destination NSW special powers to approve the race plans and will diminish environmental and heritage controls and community input into the plans.

Mr Field said, "The track for this race will be as little as three metres from people's homes and will have substantial impact on access to public space yet the Government refused to meaningfully consult with the impacted Newcastle community until after contracts are signed, legislation passed and the deal is done.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

International Womens Day Breakfast March 8

Be Bold for Change
Be Bold for Change
Mark the Date: International Womens Day 2017 Breakfast. 

All welcome.

March 8

At: The Purple Carrot Cafe, Bellingen
 

Organised by Bellingen District Greens

More details soon.



RenewEconomy: CSIRO says Australia can get to 100 per cent renewable energy

"The Australian government’s chief scientific body says there is no apparent technical impediment to reaching 100 per cent renewables for the national electricity grid, and levels of up to 30 per cent renewable energy should be considered as just “trivial” in current energy systems."

People Before Pokies: Revealing the true cost to our local communities





Did you see the story in today's Sydney Morning Herald revealing the NSW community lost a staggering $5.4 billion last year on poker machines in local clubs?

The Greens uncovered the clubs' big dirty secret by purchasing Government data showing exactly how much money is gambled and lost on the pokies in clubs across the state.
 

Do you want to know how much money pokies in clubs are ripping out of your local community?

Why reducing animal agriculture can help address climate change

The cloud with the silver lining

While the major parties are doing little or nothing to make the transition to renewables to mitigate climate change, The Greens animal welfare working group has pointed out that we can make a faster and more positive impact on climate change simply by reducing the number of farm animals. 
Not everyone wants to go vegan, but we don't have to.  We can simply try to eat less meat and dairy.  Every little effort is another step towards saving the planet and making a better, kinder world.  It's empowering to know we can make a difference globally with the personal everyday choices we make. 
Here are the facts:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

It’s time to get real about drugs


After yet another tragic summer festival season, it’s time to get real about drugs. Join our campaign to demand a new approach to drug policy.

The old parties are tripping if they think their drugs policies are working. Since the turn of the year, there have been tragic deaths at music festivals in Queensland and Victoria and, just this weekend, more than 20 overdoses at a Melbourne dance event.

The out-of-touch “tough on drugs” approach of the Liberal and Labor parties is failing young Australians, criminalising a health problem and killing people. It’s time for a complete re-think.


After decades of “war on drugs” failure, we need politicians to do what they’re paid to do: make laws that put people’s safety first. That’s why the Greens are campaigning to reform the government’s failed drug laws.

It’s time to get real about drugs. Our plan to “party smart, party safe, party on” calls for a realistic approach to drug policy. In particular, we will be supporting more pill testing, real-time reporting and the removal of sniffer dogs at music festivals and in our clubs. We are committed to harm reduction, not the continued punishment of drug users.

This is the first step in our campaign to change this country’s drug laws. In 2017, we will start a new conversation about drugs in clubs, at music festivals and events, online and in Canberra. Add your name to support our new campaign at drugs.org.au


We know young people will continue to experiment with drugs, so we can’t continue sticking our heads in the sand and pretend it’s not going to happen. What we need to do is give them the tools they need to make smart choices.

Only the Greens care about having an honest conversation about drugs to minimise harm and save lives. Please, join our campaign to treat drug use at the health issue that it is, rather than the criminal issue the other parties think it is.

Dr Richard Di Natale
Australian Greens Leader

Greens call for an end to the Catholic Church’s diplomatic protection

For too long Australia has allowed the Catholic Church to protect sex offenders, and any information the Church holds on its own illegal activity, through its formal diplomatic recognition of the Vatican. It is the only religious body to be given these extraordinary protections.

The Greens are calling on this diplomatic status to be formally withdrawn so that its diplomatic immunity ceases and the Catholic Church is equal before the law http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4477315/calls-for-vatican-diplomatic-recognition-to-end/?cs=305

Diplomatic immunity has hindered the Royal Commission from obtaining crucial church documents concerning repeated instances of child sexual abuse and it protects any senior church official from being extradited from Rome to stand trial for criminal offences.

Save the Clean Energy Finance Corporation


Save the CEFC

In 2011, the Greens fought to establish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), or the green energy bank, securing $10 billion for clean energy. Since then it has backed renewable energy projects across the country like $20 million for a solar farm in Ross River and $67 million for the Ararat wind farm.

Now, the Coalition government wants to channel billions of dollars in clean energy funding into building new greenscoal-fired power stations. Clean coal is a lie and Malcolm Turnbull knows it.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg can rewrite the rules and effectively kill off the CEFC without any Parliamentary approval. To block this devastating move, we must show the government that Australians will not stand for this attack on clean energy.

Join the campaign now.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Lights out for South Australians to protect profits for big power companies

SA Power Networks has admitted to staying quiet for a week and a half on a software glitch that saw an additional 60,000 South Australian homes out of power during load shedding this month, following intense questioning from Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young at today’s ‘Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World’ hearing in Adelaide.

“While Malcolm Turnbull and the coal-juggling clowns on his front bench waged their ideological war on renewables, SA Power Networks sat tight in the hopes no-one would notice their IT issues unnecessarily put an extra 60,000 South Australian homes in the dark on top of its planned 30,000 during load shedding last fortnight,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Video: We need a National Integrity Commission - Scott Ludlam


The Greens have continued and continued and continued to call for a national integrity commission to tackle federal corruption. Labor, The Liberals and the National Party continue to block its establishment. We need a national ICAC.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Greens Renew Call for End to ‘No Grounds’ Evictions for NSW Renters

In response to the “Unsettled: Life in Australia's private rental market”<https://www.choice.com.au/money/property/renting/articles/choice-rental-market-report> report released today, NSW Greens spokesperson on Housing Jenny Leong MP gave notice of a motion<https://youtu.be/8QZ6DZ7lq7k> in the NSW Parliament calling for an end to ‘no grounds’ evictions in the state.

The report, a national study co-authored by Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE, the National Association of Tenants' Organisations and National Shelter, shows that tenants across Australia are living in a climate of fear, due to insecurity around their tenure.

SMH: Overseas workers: NSW government contractor didn't check whether Australians were available

The NSW government has confirmed that it did not check whether Australian employees were suitable to fill 32 computer software jobs, which its contractor filled using overseas workers.

The overseas workers on 457 visas were hired after the government's ServiceFirst shed more than 200 employees who had provided computer support services.

Read the original story

Friday, 17 February 2017

Luke Hartsuyker interviews the PM – and what a performance : Bellingen Courier Sun Story


Photo from BCS

"Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker’s novel social media foray was not the best."

See the story in Bellingen Courier Sun

Renew Economy Story: Why is Labor so hopeless at defending renewables policy?

Video: the earth doesn't need us


Mid North Coast Greens now the Bellingen District Greens


Local Greens are absolutely pleased that the new Greens NSW group, the Nambucca Macleay Greens, is now operative in the Nambucca Shire and the Macleay Shire.

Dorrigo


The Mid North Coast Greens Group has therefore changed its name as well to reflect its new district, Bellingen Shire.

The Bellingen District Greens will serve the  communities of Bellingen Shire but also work closely with neighbouring groups for the benefit of all.

Mountains to the Sea

Bellingen Market Stall

Urunga

Urunga

Bellinger River Valley

Bellinger River near Bellingen

No amalgamation rally in Bellingen