MEDIA RELEASE: Standing strong on Safe Schools

Greens NSW MP and acting spokesperson on Sexuality & Gender Identity Dr Mehreen Faruqi has said that the reported conservative push against Safe Schools by a NSW Liberals MP (Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2016) is another example of unwarranted attacks and scare tactics being used on an important education program.

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NEWS: Sydney Uni to Axe Arts Staff and Courses

The NSW Greens oppose the University of Sydney's announcement that up to 50 jobs will go from the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) as part of the incorporation of the college into the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  

This cut comes after students, staff and supporters successfully lobbied against the earlier plan to merge the SCA with the College of Fine Arts (COFA) at the University of NSW. 

The SCA will be relocated from the present site in Rozelle at Callan Park to the Camperdown/Darlington campus to 'ensure financial viability' and the university has indicated that the structure and delivery of the current curriculum will be 'streamlined'.  It's proposed that the Jewellery and Object major and Ceramics and Glassmaking components of the Sculpture major in the Bachelor Visual Arts (BVA) will be discontinued for students commencing from 2018.

The Greens believe that these staff cuts and proposed cuts to the arts practice content of the BVA, are a cynical cost cutting excercise which will reduce options for students and have a negative impact on the future of our arts industry.  Major universities such as the University of Sydney should offer comprehensive arts degrees and not cut funding and marginalise arts education. 

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Media Release: Ending Lockouts is Key to Rejuvenating Sydney

The release of the government’s Sydney Night-Time Economy Roundtable Action Plan is a move in the right direction, but doesn’t address the real problems facing Sydney’s nightlife and cultural industries.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Premier admits shocking acquisition process but leaves hundreds out of the fix

Premier Baird admitted today in Question Time that the WestConnex acquisition process has not been ‘anywhere near as good as it should have been’.

The Premier highlighted that he has appointed Michael Pratt, the Customer Service Commissioner in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, to oversee a new process that will ensure that those affected by the Stage 3 acquisitions will get a more generous and caring ‘world’s best practice’ process.

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WestConnex audit submission

After ongoing calls for an audit of WestConnnex by the public and The Greens, The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the federal funding and concessional loan to WestConnex.  

The submission by Senators Janet Rice, Lee Rhiannon and Jenny Leong MP is here

The objective of this audit is to assess whether appropriate steps were taken to protect the Commonwealth's interests and obtain value for money in respect to the $3.5 billion in Commonwealth funding committed to the NSW Government for the WestConnex project.

The Greens believe that the decision to commit public funds to the WestConnex project was premature and motivated by political gain and that the federal government's allocation of public funds to WestConnex was made without any real impartial or independent assessment according to the proper processes and good governance protocols that were in place.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Arts Ministers should help Tropfest open curtains this year

The Greens have called on the NSW and Federal Arts Ministers to sit down with John Polson and Tropfest organisers to see what they can do to make sure the world’s largest short film festival is able to run this year.

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Media Release: IWC Administrator comes up against WestConnex arrogance

The government-appointed Administrator of the Inner West Council, Richard Pearson, admitted at last night’s council meeting that his approaches to the Sydney Motorway Corporation have been met with complete intransigence, with the SMC effectively stonewalling Council. 

“The SMC has shown clearly that they are not prepared to negotiate in any way on even the most basic issues of resident’s safety. The Administrator stated publicly last night that he was extremely disappointed with their responses, and that in fact so far he’s got ‘nought out of ten’ on Council requests. This is appalling but not surprising,” said Greens MP for Balmain, Jamie Parker.

“Baird’s own hand-picked Administrator is being bulldozed - just like the residents of the Inner West - by this private company, set up by the Liberal Coalition government to ram through the tollroad at any cost and to operate outside the normal planning requirements of local and State government.” 

“The SMC has brazenly refused to apply to the RMS regarding Council’s proposal for a School Zone along Campbell Street in St Peters, because it is concerned that this may slow traffic along the street.  This shows a shocking disregard for our children’s safety.” 

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NEWS: The future of Erskineville and St Peters stations

After lobbying by local residents and Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong, Transport for NSW has announced that Erskineville and St Peters stations will remain open during construction of the Sydney Metro, in a statement given to the Sydney Central newspaper.

Erskineville and St Peters are currently on the Bankstown line, which is being re-purposed to become part of the privately operated Sydney Metro line. All other stations on the line will be closed during construction of the Metro, with trains being replaced by buses for years.

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NEWS: NSW Government indicates a shift on lockout laws

The NSW Greens oppose blanket lockout laws across Sydney’s CBD, Oxford St and Kings Cross, calling instead for the implementation of targeted measures that address problems of alcohol-fuelled violence.

This week the NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant has indicated that the government may be shifting their hardline position, which has been in strong support of the lockouts, due to evidence that the 1:30am lockouts are not having an impact on violence and crime.

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NEWS: Moore Park Master Plan unveiled

The Moore Park ‘Master Plan’ has been released, mapping out the future uses and management of the parklands.

Moore Park is part of Centennial Parklands, the green lungs of our inner city. With 60,000 new residents forecast to be living in the suburbs immediately adjacent to Moore Park over the next 20 years, demand on greenspace and recreational space will only increase.

It’s urgent that we put in place protections and sustainable management practices on our existing parklands.

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WestConnex Rozelle tunnel plan shifting the road chaos

Today’s confirmation of an additional one kilometre of tunnel under Victoria Road, Rozelle shows how planning for WestConnex is a shambles, says Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker.

“This add on tunnel announcement is nothing more than a half-baked response to the traffic chaos that will occur around the ANZAC bridge,” he said.  

“The Sydney Motorway Corporation and the RMS know from the traffic modelling that they commissioned for the M4 East, that that the impact on Victoria Road and the ANZAC Bridge would be gridlock with or without the proposed Rozelle Interchange. 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Apology for Historical Homosexual Convictions Recognises State Responsibility

Member for Newtown and NSW Greens spokesperson on Sexuality and Gender Diversity Jenny Leong MP has welcomed the apology made by the Victorian Government to people with historical convictions for homosexual acts.

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