Tree culling documents expose NSW government’s anti-environment agenda

After a year-long legal struggle the NSW Greens have forced the Baird government to hand over a series of deeply damaging internal documents on the 10/50 tree culling code. The confidential government documents show the Office of Environment and Heritage, then under Minister Rob Stokes, actively working to oppose any environmental protections in the 10/50 […]

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NSW Ombudsman powers should be cut, says police bugging inquiry

The Parliamentary Inquiry into Operation Prospect has handed down its final report. As reported by AAP: The NSW Ombudsman’s office should never have been allowed to carry out its long-running police bugging probe and ought be stripped of those powers, a cross-party inquiry has concluded. An upper house select committee has been investigating the $6 […]

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Abbott and Baird sitting in a tree, A.M.A.L.G.A.M.A.T.I.N.G

The Abbott government has again demonstrated how out of touch it is with community sentiment when in the Senate today they supported the forced amalgamation policy of the NSW Baird government. The Greens motion to support the right of communities to determine the future of their own local councils was defeated on the combined vote […]

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Minister insults local councils in key evidence to Parliamentary Inquiry

The Minister for Local Government has insulted local councils and communities across the state by describing the growing campaign against forced amalgamations as driven by “self-interest”. In evidence given to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Local Government the Minister was unable to provide evidence to support the “bigger is better” mantra for local government and shed […]

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Join the campaign to protect public land

Public land is precious. Whether it is the King Edward Park in Newcastle, the Paddington Bowling Club, the Terrace Reserve Caravan Park at Brunswick Heads or one of countless public reserves across the state, the pattern is the same, with public land being continuing to be eyed off by private interests for private profits. For decades community and environment groups […]

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