MEDIA RELEASE: Tinkering with lockout laws won’t boost Sydney’s nightlife

In response to the changes to Sydney’s lockout laws that were announced today, Member for Newtown and NSW Greens spokesperson on Night-time Culture and Economy Jenny Leong MP, says the changes will do little to encourage a thriving Sydney nightlife.

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News: New road corridor another WestConnex planning sham

RMS has announced plans to radically alter key local roads between Alexandria to Moore Park and they have put these plans forward without indicating that they are obviously the result of the impact that WestConnex will have on traffic in this area. 

Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown and NSW Greens spokesperson on WestConnex has condemned this announcement .

"It’s obvious that this work is directly related to WestConnex and the St Peters interchange - attempting to provide a stop gap solution to the widely discredited plan that would put 70,000 more cars into the area.

"The pathetic attempt by RMS to try to pretend these works are stand alone so the true impact of WestConnex is hidden, will not fool anyone.

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NSW Greens response to Real Estate and Property Services Industry Reforms

The NSW Government has proposed a number of reforms to the real estate and property services industry. While some of the proposals will improve the industry, the reforms do not do enough to protect the significant number of NSW residents who have dealings with the industry, either as renters or as the buyers or sellers of property.

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Update on Surry Hills light rail works

As Transport for NSW put out notifications of works related to the light rail that will affect Surry Hills residents, we will pass on the updates.

See the light rail construction schedule here and find the interactive map with updated road closures here.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Supply alone will not solve Sydney's rental crisis

The third Rental Affordability Index (RAI) released today shows that Sydney remains Australia's least affordable city for renters and makes it clear that significant change is needed to address this crisis.

NSW Greens spokesperson on Housing and Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP said:

"It is clear that any attempt to deliver housing affordability can't start and end with supply alone. What we need is an increase to affordable supply. Unless there are mandated significant targets for affordable rental housing in new developments, rents will continue to soar."

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WestConnex activist Pauline Lockie, our 2016 Local Women of the Year

WestConnex Activist Pauline Lockie has been recognised as the 2016 Newtown Electorate Local Women of the Year.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Turnbull government’s ongoing failure on housing

The Greens say the split between state and federal Liberal ministers highlights the ongoing failure of the Turnbull government to act on the housing affordability crisis.

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The Baird Liberal Government has released its final UrbanGrowth plan for The Parramatta Rd corridor, including Camperdown. The density of the precinct will triple, but there is no new infrastructure to support these new residents.

While UrbanGrowth has scaled back their plans considerably due to strong opposition from the local community, the planned density increase is still extreme.  There are currently 720 people living in UrbanGrowth NSW’s Camperdown Precinct, and this plan will increase that to 2120.

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Community News 3 - Summer 2016

Here's the latest community newsletter from the Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP, giving you an overview of her recent work in Parliament and in the community.

Read about local issues, community campaigns and organisations doing essential work in the Electorate of Newtown.

Click here to download your copy of the newsletter.

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NEWS: Abortion is still a crime in NSW

While incredibly common, abortion remains in a grey zone in the law in NSW. Shamefully, abortion offences remain on the NSW Crimes Act. This limits access to abortions, which are not routinely provided by public hospitals in our state.

Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi has been leading the #End12 campaign, calling for the repeal of Division 12, the part of the Act the makes abortion a crime. We are also asking for safe access zones around abortion service providers and clinics to prevent harassment of women accessing services. Safe access zones currently exist in Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.

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NEWS: Public Housing For Private Profit?

Published in the South Sydney Herald, November 2016

For more than 100 years, government funded public housing has been available to low income earners in NSW.

Government owned estates provided working class people, the elderly, new immigrants, young families, and working people in low-income, essential services the opportunity to live in our cities and regional centres, and participate in their local communities.

In recent decades we have seen a shift. Successive governments have under invested in maintaining safe, secure, affordable housing for low-income earners. Many public housing tenants suffer long standing issues around maintenance and safety.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Roads Minister must ensure that WestConnex is corruption-free

With renewed focus on corruption in NSW politics this week, with amendments to the ICAC rushed through Parliament, the NSW Greens WestConnex spokesperson and Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP, is calling on Roads Minister Duncan Gay to assure the public that the construction company CIMIC (formerly Leighton Holdings), which has huge WestConnex contracts, is free of corruption.

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NEWS: Density in Taverners Hill to grow by 400% with no new infrastructure

The Baird Liberal Government has released its final UrbanGrowth plan for The Parramatta Rd corridor, including Taverners Hill. The density of the precinct will increase more than 400%, but there is no new infrastructure to support these new residents.

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SPEECH: Climate Bill 2016

The Greens’ Climate Change Bill 2016 creates a framework that requires the New South Wales Government to consider the impacts of global warming in every policy decision. 

The Bill was first brought to the NSW Parliament last year by Greens MLC Jan Barham. It was introduced to the Legislative Assembly by the Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP, to continue the long and strong tradition of The Greens leading the Parliament on climate change action.

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Media Release: Latest WestConnex changes show urgent need for inquiry

Member for Newtown and NSW Greens spokesperson on WestConnex Jenny Leong MP, is again calling on the Premier to immediately step in to halt all WestConnex works until an independent inquiry can be undertaken, as the Roads Minister announces further changes to the $16.8 billion dollar project on the run.

"With this latest announcement of WestConnex changes there's some good news and some bad news, but one thing is very clear - the Roads Minister is making it up as he goes", she said.

"The good news for Camperdown – and for the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney - is that the exit/entry ramps have been scrapped with the M4/M5 tunnel link being moved further west. 

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