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Community saves public housing but more to be done

The decision by Housing Minister Melinda Pavey to commit to 100% social housing in the redevelopment at Cowper St and Wentworth Park Road in Glebe is a huge win by the community and a welcome change but there’s far more to be done, say NSW Greens MPs, Jamie Parker and Jenny Leong.


NSW Parliament commits to act to end sexual violence and harassment

A Greens motion has been unanimously passed in the NSW Parliament. The Motion called on the house to: Acknowledge that the existence of sexual violence and harassment in workplaces including our parliaments is unacceptable Affirm support for people who have experienced sexual violence and harassment, and  Commit to acting to end sexual violence and harassment in this parliament and the community.  


NSW Parliament Review Must Be Open and Transparent

Jenny Leong MP, NSW Greens Women’s Rights spokesperson has made the following comments after her question to the Premier and statements by the Speaker in question time today. Video of the full question, the Premiers response and the Speaker subsequent comments.Video of Jenny Leong’s personal explanation in the chamber following Question Time.


Greens Move on Enthusiastic Consent Bill

Jenny Leong MP, Greens spokesperson for Women’s Rights has today given notice that she will introduce the Crimes Amendment (Enthusiastic Consent) Bill to the NSW Parliament to reform consent laws in NSW.  Our current laws make it almost impossible for victim-survivors of sexual assault to get justice, with definitions around consent, non-consent and knowlege of consent falling heaviliy in favour of the perpetrator. 


Greens MPs call for reinstatement of sexual assault minister

NSW Greens MPs Jenny Leong and Abigail Boyd are urgently calling on the Premier to reinstate the Minister for the Prevention of Sexual Assault. In the NSW Cabinet reshuffle of March 2019, the Premier removed ‘Prevention of Sexual Assault’ from any portfolio responsibility despite widespread community demand for meaningful action on sexual assault. When questioned about this in Budget Estimates last week, the Premier failed to provide an adequate response.   Jenny Leong MP, Greens NSW spokesperson for Women’s Rights said: “Removing the ministerial responsibility for actually making changes to how we deal with everything from education to legal protections for survivors of sexual assault means that the government has largely dropped the ball on this crucial issue.  “Back in 2018, the former Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault said that reforms to the NSW Crimes Act were the first priority of the NSW Government Sexual Assault Strategy. That strategy is set to conclude this year and we still haven’t seen any action on real protections for women. “Where is the NSW Government Sexual Assault Strategy up to? Has it delivered anything in the prevention of sexual assault or for survivors of sexual assault since the abolition of the Minister for the Prevention of Sexual Assault? It seems the main focus has been on the development of a black and white video and a hashtag.  “The Premier must urgently reinstate the Minister for Prevention of Sexual Assault so that someone is responsible and accountable for delivering the much needed reforms.”   Abigail Boyd MLC, Greens NSW spokesperson for Women’s Equity and Economic Justice, said: “When I questioned the Premier in Budget Estimates last week, she would not commit to reinstating Ministerial responsibility for prevention of sexual assault and could not provide any concrete government commitments to meet previous commitments to reform consent laws. It’s just not good enough. “When a government removes ministerial responsibility for prevention of sexual assault and then drops the ball on something as important as sexual consent law reform, you know they’ve made the wrong call. “Ending sexual violence must be a priority of this Government and it must be backed up by concrete action, not platitudes.”   More information: 0499 550 996


‘TEACH US CONSENT’ LAUNCHES NSW PARLIAMENT EPETITION

Backed by NSW women MPs from across the political spectrum, Chanel Contos has launched a NSW epetition on International Women’s Day. The petition, sponsored by Jenny Leong MP, requires 20,000 signatures to trigger a debate in the Legislative Assembly on the need for holistic consent education in our schools, from earlier on.   


NSW Minister for Prevention of Sexual Assault must be reinstated

Jenny Leong MP, Greens spokesperson for Women’s Rights is urgently calling on the Premier to reinstate the Minister for the Prevention of Sexual Assault and for consent laws to be strengthened in NSW. In the NSW Cabinet reshuffle of March 2019, the Premier chose to allocate the ‘Prevention of Domestic Violence’ responsibilities to the Attorney General, while the ‘Prevention of Sexual Assault’ element of this previous portfolio was abandoned and is no longer a named portfolio.


Jenny Leong calls for greater protections against animal cruelty

Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong has called for protections against animal cruelty to be strengthened in NSW.  


Jenny Leong call for greater funding for Community Legal Centres

Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong has called on the Liberal/National Government to properly invest in Community Legal Centres in recognition of their vital work.


Jenny Leong calls for massive investment in social housing in NSW

Jenny Leong MP, Greens Member for Newtown has called out the government for ignoring the housing crisis in NSW, and refusing to invest in social housing in any meaningful way.  


Jenny Leong calls on the Government to criminalise Coercive Control

Jenny Leong MP, Greens Member for Newtown has called on the government to urgently act to criminalise coercive control.  


Jenny Leong MP on protocol for homeless people in public places

As a member of the committee conducting the inquiry into the protocol for homeless people in public places, Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown has commented on the report as it was delivered.


Jenny Leong asks the Premier about pest control in public housing

Jenny Leong, The Greens Member for Newtown has asked the NSW Premier to justify the Liberal Governments refusal to conduct pest control to address large scale rat and cockroach infestations in properties leased as public housing.


Save South Eveleigh Public Housing BBQ

The NSW Liberal National government is planning to demolish and privatise the public housing estate in South Eveleigh on Explorer St and Aurora Place.  Residents will be forced to relocate while high density housing is built on this site that will contain up to 70% private housing. Currently there are 46 town houses on the site housing families and larger households. The plan is to increase the number of dwellings to 430 and make 70% of these private housing with only 30% public housing. This may also end up reducing the actual amount of public housing on the site as 3 and 4 bedroom homes are being replaced by 1 and 2 bedroom units. Public land should not be given to private developers. We are facing an acute affordable housing crisis with some 50,000 eligible applications for public housing on the NSW waiting list with delays of up to 10 years for housing.Communities in Glebe are facing a similar situation with the public housing estate in Franklin Street up for demolition and 70% privitisation as well.  Join the gathering and BBQ to keep public housing in public hands!  Save South Eveleigh Public Housing BBQSaturday February 13 from 12-2pmSouth Sydney Rotary Park  Share this Facebook event Co hosted by Jenny Leong MP and the Friends of Erskineville (FOE) More Information:  Read our media statement on this and the proposal in Glebe Read the Resolution from the South Eveleigh Community meeting of Dec 2020 Sign the Friends of Erskineville and Hands Off Glebe petition to the Housing Minister  Read Jenny Leong MP's Notice of Motion in the NSW Parliament 


Proposal to open up Moore Park Golf Course as a public park

There is only a short time left to have your say on plans by the City of Sydney to open up part of the Moore Park Golf Course as a public park. This plan will significantly improve liveability in our neighbourhood, but will only happen with the strong support of our community.


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