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Crown Land mismanagement to be reviewed in Parliamentary Inquiry

As Crown Land continues to be eyed off by private interests for private profits, Parliament has established an Inquiry to review its management and how it can be best protected. Just last night a Parliamentary Summit attended by MP’s from across the Parliament, community groups and crown land campaigners who unanimously supported a Parliamentary Inquiry […]

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Coalition MPs filibuster to delay a vote on critical steel bill

The NSW Liberal-National government has resorted to a filibuster to prevent a vote on the Steel Industry Protection Bill in the Legislative Council today in a transparent attempt to avoid scrutiny in the upcoming federal election. Multiple Liberal MPs used their combined speech times to talk out the Greens bill to require public infrastructure to […]

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Baird’s Local Government “Integrity” reform is hollow while property developers are still allowed on council

The Baird Coalition Government has again voted to allow developers and real estate agents be elected to council despite their obvious conflict of interest deciding planning and development matters. This was Premier Baird’s last ditch attempt to appear credible on local government reform. While the Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Bill contains positive […]

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NSW budget 2016: classroom funding will fail to meet rising enrolments

In their 2016/17 state budget, the Baird government pledged to spend $942 million over four years for new schools and infrastructure. However according to the Education leaked long-term strategy, this falls far short of meeting rising demand in enrolments. According to the Department, the increase in student numbers will require $10.8 billion in funding for 7500 […]

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Community is cut out while developers get fast-tracked approvals

 The Coalition came to government in 2011 on a promise to “return planning powers to communities,” this promise has been cast aside as Mike Baird creates a planning system that favours big developers and cuts out community consultation. Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “Communities and the environment will continue to bear the […]

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Failed law and order auction sees extraordinary budget blowout

The result of cuts to legal aid and court services, following years of law and order auctions, have resulted in an extraordinary blowout in the budget with a shocking $3.8 billion being spent on private prisons. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “Premier Mike Baird is doing everything he can to push up […]

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Coalition continues ideological attack on TAFE in NSW Budget

This year’s budget sees the Coalition’s continued ideological attack on TAFE, with Smart and Skilled driving more than 100,000 students away from the state’s premiere provider of vocational education and training. Greens MP David Shoebridge and Education spokesperson said: “The Coalition’s ideological attack on TAFE continues in this budget with $175 million slashed from the […]

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