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Greens support bus strike

The Greens support the proposed strike action by members of the RTBU on behalf of bus drivers' call for safe working conditions and an end to the privatisation of bus services.  Jenny spoke in Nov 2017 on behalf of the NSW Greens on the 10,000-signature petition opposing the privatisation of Inner West bus services. Jenny and the Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP joined community and union members condemning this privatisation. This week, Greens NSW Transport spokesperson, Abigail Boyd MLC and Greens NSW spokesperson on Workers Rights David Shoebridge MLC, released the following statement regarding the current demands and proposed strike of members of the RTBU:  "The Greens stand strongly in support of this action. Bus drivers are striking because their jobs and wellbeing are under attack from the NSW Liberal Government. "In the middle of a pandemic, we should be supporting our essential workers, not throwing them under the bus.


World Breastfeeding Week 2020

Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown, spoke to Parliament to draw attention to World Breastfeeding Week and the 2020 theme which is encouraging everyone to 'support breastfeeding for a healthier planet'. 


Jenny Leong MP calls on the government to protect Koalas

Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has called on the Government to protect core koala hubs identified within the boundaries of the proposed Great Koala National Park.


Jenny Leong MP asks the Health Minister to make Protests COVID Safe

Our right to peaceful protest in a central part of our democracy. Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has asked the Minister for Health to develope a COVID Safe Plan specifically for peaceful protests, similar to those in place for businesses and major events.


Community Recognition of the Greek Welfare Centre

Jenny Leong MP drew the Parliament's attention to the fantastic work of the Greek Welfare Centre that provides services and programs to empower individuals and groups from the Greek community and the community at large.


Jenny Leong MP on Homelessness Week

Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong has called for a drastic investment in public, social and affordable housing to address the homelessness crisis is NSW.


Greens NSW Response to ‘A Housing Strategy for NSW’ Discussion Paper May 2020

The NSW government released a discussion paper in May 2020 on a Housing Strategy for NSW. Jenny Leong MP, NSW Greens spokesperson on Housing and Jamie Parker MP, NSW Greens spokesperson on Planning made a submission on behalf of the NSW Greens. The following is an extract from this submission.  As a matter of protocol and a mark of respect, we acknowledge it always was and always will be Aboriginal land and pay our respects to Aboriginal elders past, present and emerging. We also submit that ‘A Housing Strategy for NSW’ must prioritise ensuring Aboriginal housing needs are met along the housing continuum. This means resourcing Aboriginal-led homelessness services, supporting Aboriginal-led community housing providers, pro-actively involving Aboriginal-led organisations in the development and implementation of this strategy and recognising through reparation that the land that is the focus of this strategy is stolen land that was never ceded. Our Recommendations: Incorporate plans for genuine consultation and input from Aboriginal-led organisations both in the development and implementation of the NSW Housing Strategy Recognise the need for reparations given that the land all of this housing will be delivered on is stolen land Ensure adequate resourcing and support for Aboriginal-led homelessness and housing services as well as community housing providers Identify housing as a key component of the State’s infrastructure priorities Establish an integrated Housing portfolio in NSW with a single Minister who has responsibility across private, public, community and rental housing areas, combined with the establishment of a Housing Ombudsman Incorporate specific actions to progress protections for renters and advance rental reforms which enable security of tenure, affordability and habitability for renters in to the NSW Housing Strategy Commit to large scale government development and provision of public, social and affordable housing as housing options for a range of tenants with varying incomes Mandate 30% affordable housing in new private rental housing developments Commit to ending homelessness and ensure there are no exits to homelessness from state institutions or as a result of family violence or economic disadvantage Recognise the climate crisis as a key driver for strong action in the housing strategy and include actions to progress zero emissions sustainable housing and large scale retrofitting of existing homes.


COVID-19 Racism Incident Report

Jenny Leong MP attended the launch of the 'COVID-19 Racism Incident Report'  which captured racist incidents against Asians in Australia that arised due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. She gave a statement in Parliament to recognise the report and those who contributed.


One Nations So Called Religious Freedoms

Former Federal Labor Leader turned NSW One Nation MP Mark Latham has introduced a Bill in to the NSW Parliament to amend the Anti-Discrimination Act - this Bill is now the subject of an inquiry. The NSW Anti-Discrimination Act is well overdue for a review, but this Bill does not offer the solutions we need, instead it promoted to rights of some people over many others.


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


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