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Major parties being bought by the gun lobby

Both Labor and the Coalition have been caught 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. While Bob Katter’s Party, the Shooters Fishers and Farmers, and David Leyonhjelm’s Liberal Democrats unsurprisingly top the […]

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Greens commit to working with government to fix Baird’s failed forced amalgamations

The Greens have written to Premier Berejiklian to provide an open offer and our unconditional support for a legislative package that would fix Baird’s failed forced amalgamations: 1. The immediate withdrawal of all outstanding forced amalgamations proposals, 2. The immediate de-amalgamation of all local councils forcibly merged in 2016: 3. A legislative requirement that any future amalgamations […]

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NSW Police Force overdue for fresh leadership with Commissioner Scipione’s retirement

With the announcement that NSW Police Commissioner Scipione will be ending his role in April, the Greens acknowledge Commissioner Scipione’s service and wish him well. The NSW Police Force is well overdue for fresh leadership, with infighting and internal disputes amongst senior police overshadowing the broader work of frontline police for too long. Greens MP […]

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Child safety must trump scripture classes in NSW schools

Fresh revelations of deeply inappropriate material being taught to children at unregulated and unsupervised school scripture classes requires the new Education Minister to act. He must put children first and suspend school scripture until he has released a hidden NSW government report into scripture classes and can prove that children are safe in these school […]

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Community campaign saves local government from forced amalgamations

A strong and principled campaign from communities, councils and the Greens has forced the Coalition Government to back down on its undemocratic forced council amalgamation agenda. Former Premier Baird’s failed forced amalgamations have become politically untenable with reports that no further forced amalgamations will go ahead and plebiscites will be held across the state for […]

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Terror and Mergers drives NSW Cabinet Reshuffle

Today’s announcement of the reshuffled NSW Coalition cabinet shows Gladys Berejiklian pressing Baird’s old law and order buttons while taking a confused path on council mergers. Greens MP David Shoebridge said: “Putting a far right wing MP in charge of a new Terrorism portfolio is a real threat to civil liberties in NSW. “David Elliott […]

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Media release: Merger dollars go to big Liberal donor

Queensland based software company TechnologyOne Limited has emerged as the biggest winner so far from Baird’s forced amalgamation agenda, with the company picking up an estimated $10 million worth of directly negotiated contracts from just three newly amalgamated councils. Each of these contracts has been granted without a public tender and the precise dollar value […]

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