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Parliament calls for the repatriation of the Gweagal shield

The return of key Aboriginal artefacts from the point of first contact between Captain Cook and the First Peoples of Australia was supported by NSW Parliament today after a motion calling for the repatriation of the Gweagal shield and spears from the British Museum and the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to the Gweagal people passed the […]

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Media release: Inquiry into inner city schools launched today

Media release 17 August 2016  A Parliamentary Inquiry into plans to redevelop the inner city schools with a focus on Ultimo, has today been formally launched and will begin receiving submissions within days. Greens MP and Education Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “The Government has a responsibility under the Education Act to provide access to quality […]

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NSW Upper House votes to ban Greyhound Racing

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE ( 17:18 ): I do not have to read much past the explanatory note and the overview of the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill 2016 to understand why, as a Greens member of Parliament, I support it 100 per cent. The object of the bill is to close the greyhound racing industry in New […]

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Planning for people

What the Property Council wants the Property Council gets

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE ( 16:09 ): As Premier Baird and his Coalition Government continue to trash local democracy, remove planning powers from residents, supersize councils and prioritise developer need over community need, questions are rightly being asked about his agenda. Is this something that he fundamentally believes in or is he a puppet on a […]

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Time the chip mill stopped leeching off the taxpayer

Greens MP David Shoebridge and forestry campaigner Harriet Swift visited the Eden Chip Mill site on Friday 12 August to call no more government subsidies to be handed to the loss-making Eden Chip Mill, and instead invested in a sustainable transition package that prioritises jobs, the environment and tourism. The Eden Chip Mill jetty and […]

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Newcastle Courthouse 1890 (c)

In the media: Selling the iconic Newcastle Courthouse

With the Government seemingly intent on selling the Newcastle Courthouse, we submitted some information requests to obtain information about the opaque process to date – that has run over-time and over budget. The documents received show this incredible building has been valued at only $6.6 million which is extraordinary given the size and location – “the people of […]

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Mick Roelandts, firearms reform project manager for the New South Wales Police, looks at a pile of about 4,500 prohibited firearms in Sydney that have been handed in over the past month under the Australian government's buy-back scheme July 28. A total of 470,000 guns have been collected nationally, with owners receiving A$243 million (US$180 million) in compensation. The scheme was set up due to tighter gun laws brought in after the April 1996 Port Arthur massacre in which 35 people died when a lone gunman went on a shooting rampage. - RTXHDPH

Guns, politics and intolerance, an increasingly ugly mix in Australia

Another set of YouTube videos and Facebook accounts have been referred to the NSW Police for urgent investigation after it was found that gun owners and advocates had posted violent content aimed at racial and religious minorities and political opponents. We have every reason to be seriously concerned when people publicly use firearms to display […]

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