Dear friends,

We’re a quarter of the way through 2017 and despite how busy things are it seems a good time to reflect a bit on what we’ve done so far.

Building on our work on council amalgamations that has already saved a number of councils around the state, I introduced a bill into Parliament that would reverse all forced amalgamations.  This is a quick and fair solution to the Government’s current mess. Click here to see my interview and news coverage on the Ku-Ring-Gai winning their case against amalgamation in the NSW Supreme Court.

We busted Labor and the Coalition with their hands in the pocket of the gun lobby, with election funding data revealing the gun lobby has donated $353,000 to Australian political parties in the 2015-16 financial year.

Months of deep analysis and work have culminated in submissions to a huge swathe of the Government’s current planning reforms. My office had a great response from local groups and have had the Greens position that we need to put the climate at the centre of these changes broadly disseminated.

My work with the Government to stop cuts to CTP benefits has seen the delivery of a scheme that will cut Greenslip prices, while also removing barriers to treatment for many people injured on our roads. It’s a great example of what happens when we work on issues, not politics.

We’ve also launched a national call for the Catholic Church to be stripped of diplomatic immunity, called for a Royal Commission hearing in the Bathurst area, highlighted the 35% increase in Aboriginal people locked up in jails in NSW, stood up for penalty rates, trained members and lawyers in how to use the FOI process and even more.

There’s still more to do, and we can’t do it without you. Please get in touch if there’s any issues I can help with.

Warm regards,

David Shoebridge

Ps. We’ve also had great success with our Greens bushwalking club, with our next walk planned on the 14 May 2017 for the second leg of the Great North Walk from Boronia Park to Ryde, please do come and join us!