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Recognition for the Wear the Change Fundraiser

The Wear the Change Fundraiser, organised by The Social Outfit in Newtown, raised funds for their non-profit community programs which support refugee and migrant women with training, education and employment pathways in the fashion industry.

Jenny Leong MP blasts the Liberal Government over iCare debacle

Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has slammed the Liberal Government for their extreme mismanagement of the state Workers Compensation Scheme - iCare.

Jenny Leong MP on Work Health and Safety

Jenny Leong MP, Greens Member for new explains that reforms to the Work Health and Safety Act do not go far enough if they do not include making lung disease and kidney disease resulting from silicosis a notifiable disease.

Jenny Leong MP on Sustainability in Strata Complexes

Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has spoken in favour of new reforms to make it easier to install sustainability infrastructure in Strata complexes in NSW.

Latest News - Public Housing During COVID19

These are very difficult times for many people, especially for those living in high-rise housing in our inner city. Our office is working hard to ensure that during this time, all public housing buildings across NSW are kept clean and safe for all residents, NSW Health leads any emergency response plans and procedures if there is a COVID-19 cluster in a public housing tower and most importantly, that the dignity and rights of public housing tenants are protected.  

Statement on WestConnex M8

NSW Greens Statement on the opening of WestConnex M8 WestConnex is one of the most expensive transport infrastructure projects that Australia has ever built. The M8 section of tollroad cost more than $4.3b for a 9 km series of tunnels and the St Peters Interchange. This polluting, private tollroad further locks people who commute in NSW into a highly tolled transport system that’s unsustainable and environmentally unsound.  The social and environmental damage of the M8 has been enormous with homes and green spaces bulldozed and communities broken up and dispersed.  Some of our inner city suburbs, including Newtown, St Peters and Alexandria have been now ringed and carved up by massive above ground, multi-lane roads which will become car parks, as traffic congestion increases and heat sinks, as temperatures rise. The amount of traffic that will be now funnelled onto local streets and to vibrant King Street is alarming. Roads like Euston Road and Campbell Road have been widened to many lanes around the perimeter of the new St Peters Interchange. This means that traffic will spill out from the Interchange and back up above ground as it is funnelled into smaller residential streets and local roads in the surrounding suburbs. The King St Gateway was supposed to protect the high street from increased traffic congestion but to date, nothing much has happened. It is unacceptable that local residents and businesses are not being provided with any clear details on this - they are understandably anxious about the impact that this tollroad and the increased congestion will have on their homes and businesses. Despite this latest opening, there is still no direct connection to Mascot airport or the Port Botany which was the original justification for WestConnex. The impact on air quality is a major concern for local residents as there will be four large pollution stacks in St Peters – with some in close proximity to St Peters Public school and near local residential apartments. The impacts for those beyond the inner city, the tolls for the M8 are huge – and tolls are being reintroduced on the existing M5 East. These tolls are some of the highest in Sydney and have made Sydney one of the highest tolled cities in the world.  Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown                                                     Abigail Boyd MLC, NSW Greens Transport Spokesperson

Memorable moments

A look back at some highlights from the past few years.

Acknowledging Refugee Week

Jenny Leong MP spoke to the Parliament to alert them to the fact it is Refugee Week and thanked the organisations working to support refugees and asylum seekers in NSW.

Jenny Leong MP on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has goven notice of a motion to debate the still unresolved issue of Aboriginal deaths in Police custody.

Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has spoken out against the Liberal governments plan to privatise more public bus services.

Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has spoken out against the Liberal governments plan to privatise more public bus services.

Adam Goodes Mural

Jenny Leong MP drew the attention of Parliament to the powerful new mural of Adam Goodes painted last Thursday on a building on the corner of Foveaux St and Crown Street Surry Hills in the electorate of Newtown.

Travel Concessions for International Students

Unlike domestic students in NSW, international students are not eligible for travel concessions.  In 2006, this was determined to be racial discrimination, but still today the practice continues. For decades students, student organisations, universities and community groups have been campaigning for international students to be able to have equal access to travel concessions as their local counterparts. Now is the time for us to finally fix this - and end this discrimination in our laws. Urge the Premier to support the Bill to grant international students travel concessions - SIGN THE PETITION HERE.

NSW Greens introduce Bill to end travel concessions discrimination

Jenny Leong MP, Greens Member for Newtown and spokesperson for Multiculturalism today gave notice of a Private Member’s Bill in the NSW Legislative Assembly to support international students by giving them concessions on public transport.

UPDATE: over 5000 Save Carriageworks petition signatures delivered to the Premier

Thank you to the 5014 people who have signed the Greens' petition to save Carriageworks. Yesterday Jamie Parker MP, Cate Faehrmann MP and I presented our petition to the Premier, calling on her to: Scrap the Powerhouse Museum relocation Guarantee funding to keep Carriageworks alive Implement a rescue package for struggling artists and creatives We are still collecting signatures so make sure to sign and SHARE the petition here 👉

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