In late 2020 the NSW Liberal/National Police Minister, with the support of NSW Labor introduced the deeply flawed Mandatory Disease Testing Bill 2020. The Greens strongly oppose the bill on the basis that it does not come close to achieving its stated aim of protecting frontline workers from contracting blood-borne diseases and created unacceptable risks for certain communities - further vilifying and isolating certain people in our community.Read more
The Greens absolutely oppose the "disgraceful" Drug Supply Prohibition Order Pilot Scheme Bill 2020. This bill creates a pilot scheme for drug prohibition orders which will apply in the Bankstown Police Area Command and the Coffs‑Clarence, Hunter Valley and Orana Mid-Western police districts for two years. Under the scheme police will be able to seek an order for a person who has been convicted of a serious drug offence. If the order is made police can stop, search and detain people without a warrant. It is clear that this is a bad bill.Read more
There are fears that hundreds of refugees living in community detention could be left homeless, after the Federal Government cut housing and income support. We have written to the NSW Premier, urging her to raise concerns with the Federal Government, as it will be NSW health, housing and community support agencies who will be left to deal with the social and economic impacts of this decision.Read more
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
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.Read more
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.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
I know we are in the middle of a pandemic and things are really intense, but it’s also Fashion Revolution Week. So to try to break up the endless virus content, we have let Tommie Mag take over our instagram.Read more