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Sniff Off 2016 Highlights

It’s been a huge year for Sniff Off, the NSW Greens campaign against the use of drug dogs at bars, festivals, and public transport! We’ve put out hundreds of updates on drug dog locations throughout NSW, grown from 8,000 to over 25,000 likes on Facebook, and handed out thousands of flyers at festivals, train stations […]

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Denver, Colorado – what we have seen

On April 20 1999 the Columbine Massacre happened in a suburban school in Denver, Colorado. It is a tragic story that everyone remembers. Two students used semi-automatic and repeat-action firearms to kill 12 students and a teacher. Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was killed at Columbine, remembers having a conversation with his son not long […]

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David Shoebridge and Jason Falinski on ABC24 – 26 November 2016

Lebanese Immigration to Australia Last week Peter Dutton drew a line between the Commonwealth Government and the Australian Lebanese community by stating that former Prime Minister Malcom Fraser “made mistakes” with immigration in the 1970’s.  Australia is a vibrant and successful multicultural society, and there is no place for Mr Dutton’s divisive politics. The Minister for Immigration says […]

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Drug Detection Dog Repeal Bill

Today Greens member for Newtown Jenny Leong will give notice of a bill to end the use of drug detection dogs without a warrant on public transport, at festivals, bars and Kings Cross. The Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Amendment (Sniffer Dogs—Repeal of Powers) Bill 2015 aims to repeal parts of the Law Enforcement Powers and […]

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Planning Minister’s return to eyesore 1960s apartment buildings

New Planning Minister Pru Goward has refused to rule out the return to 1960s style apartment buildings as a possible way of increasing density in urban areas. In today’s article in the Daily Telegraph the Urban Taskforce, an industry lobby group that has traditionally had a large amount of sway over planning in NSW is calling […]

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Industrial Relations

Government sneaks through further wages cuts under cover of budget

Last week buried deep in the legislation for the NSW budget was the: State Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2014. In the last two pages of this bill was something that should not have been in the budget: a deceitful move by the Baird Government to incorporate compulsory superannuation increases in public […]

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WIRO annual report: damning conclusions about WorkCover

The WorkCover Independent Review Office report paints a damning picture of the ongoing problems within the NSW Workers Compensation system. The adversarial practices of insurers in particular are a cause for substantial ongoing concern for many injured workers, and often hinder their recovery. Read the report here.  Kim Garling, the head of WIRO expresses strong […]

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2013: A Green Review

As the year draws to a close we can look back on some of the great campaigning achievements of 2013. But most of all we want to thank you for your support. Without it none of the work of the Greens NSW MPs would have been possible: ​ Making public transport a priority for both Sydney and regional […]

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Blog: Koalas under threat in Pine Creek State Forest

David Shoebridge, Greens MP in the NSW Upper House, met with forest ‘protectors’ on December 19 to draw attention to the proposed logging of Compartments 26 and 27 of Pine Creek State Forest, near Bonville. “Commendable research by the Bellingen Environment Centre and other local conservation groups, has clearly identified an important population of koalas […]

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