The pandemic doesn’t discriminate on the basis of visa status – and neither should our government.
Send a message to the NSW Premier and this government urging them to support protect refugees, international students and all temporary visa holders living in NSW.
Vulnerable members of our community need to be looked after and cared for. Basic needs such as housing, food and health services are fundamental rights and no one should be left without support, especially at this time.
Add your voice to support refugees, international students and temporary visa holders who've lost their usual income, don’t have money to pay the rent or buy food or basics, and have been specifically excluded from government support.
No-one should be too poor to live – we need to show compassion and care for everyone.
To NSW Premier,
I ask that you act now with compassion to support refugees, international students and temporary visa holders in NSW by providing relief and assistance so that they are not left struggling to without access to housing, food and essential services during this pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn.
We urge you to immediately act to ensure that in this crisis all people in NSW, no matter what their visa status, are able to access:
- Adequate healthcare, including mental health support
- Emergency crisis housing as well as appropriate temporary, supported and affordable housing options
- State government services including travel concessions
- Emergency financial relief for those who’ve fallen through the gaps or are ineligible for current government subsidies
The Greens NSW oppose One Nation’s Education Amendment Bill in the strongest terms.
There is no place for transphobia in our school system and this attempt to make it official school policy, risking the health, wellbeing, safety and education of trans and gender diverse kids and teachers is nothing short of disgraceful.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Big win! Globe Wilkins Preschool is saved!
In June this year it was amazing to join parents, kids, educators, the Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell, the Member for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen MP and Globe's Director, Judie Don, to hear the Minister's announcement that Globe Wilkins Preschool will continue on the Wilkins Public School site.
This is a big win for all the parents and local community involved in the Save Globe Wilkins campaign who must be congratulated for campaigning hard to keep this invaluable preschool in our community. We were pleased to be able to make sure that the NSW Government was aware of the role that Globe Wilkins Preschool has played in setting the high bar of excellence in early childhood education over many years, and this announcement shows that all the great work done in this preschool has been recognised. Building a new preschool at Wilkins will mean that the excellent work Globe Wilkins does with its Aboriginal Preschool Language program and its ongoing support for children with a disability, will continue and grow.
Greens Councillor Tom Kiat and some of our Inner West Councillors from across the political spectrum worked collaboratively on the campaign to save Globe. The Greens are 100% committed to maintaining and expanding early childhood education services.
We need more investment in publicly funded early childhood centres and preschools so that they are accessible to everyone - and this win is a big step in the right direction to achieving this.
The announcement this morning by Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning that the Globe Wilkins Preschool will be maintained onsite at the Wilkins Public School is a big win for the local community, according to Jenny Leong MP, Greens state Member for Newtown and Greens Inner West Councillor, Tom Kiat.
Jenny Leong MP
“This is a big win for all the parents and local community who must be congratulated for campaigning hard to keep this invaluable preschool in our community.
“This welcome announcement shows that the state government has recognized the role the Globe Wilkins Preschool plays in setting the high bar of excellence in early childhood education over many years.
“Building a new preschool at Wilkins will mean that the excellent work Globe Wilkins does with its Aboriginal Preschool Language program and its ongoing support for children with a disability, will continue and grow.Read more
In good news for families living in Redfern, the Department of Education has revised the boundaries for the Inner City High School Catchment following a concerted community campaign to allow local kids to attend the school.
“The revision will be a welcome win for some - but there still remains a number of unanswered questions.Read more
Families living around Redfern and Darlington have been left in limbo, after the Education Minister announced a review of the catchment for the new Inner City High School, but has failed to meet his own deadline, according to Greens Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP.Read more
Today we wrote to the Premier and Education Minister requesting an update on the review of the proposed catchment for the Inner City High School. Many parents have been in contact with our office concerned that their Year 6 children will soon be commencing transition to high school programs, and they don’t know what their local high school will be.
Click on the image to read the full letter.Read more