Secrecy and deceit, the Baird Government’s guide to council amalgamations  

  The Baird government is refusing to release 25 secret reports analyzing the costs and impacts of 35 forced council amalgamations. In response to a Government Information Public Access application (FOI) lodged by Greens MP David Shoebridge, the Department of Premier and Cabinet have refused access to KPMG’s business case, financial modeling and impact analysis, […]

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TAFE faces new threat from planned Federal takeover and privatisation of vocation education and training

The Federal government’s proposed takeover of vocational education and training would spell the the end of TAFE and Australia’s system of quality public technical and skills. A document prepared for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in March outlines a plan for the Federal government to take over the VET budget for every state, […]

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Bring justice to victims of abuse by lifting time limitations

It is time to act now and remove the statute of limitations for all compensation claims relating to historical child abuse. This can, and should, be done as soon as the NSW Parliament returns. Victoria has already done it. Anything less is failing victims and survivors of abuse. They have been through enough and deserve far better […]

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Greens call for KPMG report to be immediately released

Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge has called for the Baird govenrment to immediately release the key KPMG report that is being relied upon to force council amalgamations. It is a farce that the Baird government is pushing for public submissions on merger proposals without giving the councils and communities access to the KPMG […]

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Drug driving laws fail the justice test

With the Government intent on massively increasing the numbers of roadside tests for drugs administered each year by more than 300% attention has rightly been focused on the utter failure of the program to improve road safety. Radio National’s AM program started the year on 1 January 2016 with consideration of the flawed program:   […]

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