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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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No more mergers anywhere

  No more mergers anywhere With recently installed Nationals leader John Barilaro’s announcement that he will stop further council amalgamations in the bush, it’s time for a consistent state-wide end to all forced council mergers. You cannot have one rule for local democracy in the bush and another in the city. Every resident in NSW […]

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Police bugging report shows serious illegal bugging, but whistleblowers still under attack

The NSW Ombudsman’s office has today released their long overdue $10 million report into illegal police bugging. The report has found repeated and systemic illegal bugging by NSW police officers and the Crime Commission. These failures must be addressed by Parliament. Astoundingly no criminal charges are recommended for the illegal bugging, despite dozens of confirmed […]

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Media release: Community Safety must surpass the Gun Lobby

Media Release 8 December 2017 Community Safety must surpass the Gun Lobby The Greens are joining with gun violence prevention advocates across Australia in calling on the Turnbull government to maintain the importation ban on the dangerous 7-shot magazine Adler repeat action shot gun. Greens NSW MP and gun control spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “This is crunch […]

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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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EVENT: South Dural rezoning community meeting

Developers are saying that South Dural needs to be rezoned, but what aren’t they telling the community? An estimated 20,000 extra road trips per day likely to cause massive road congestion An increase in already overwhelmed schools and childcare centres Inadequate public transport in the area No additional medical or emergency services offered or even planned […]

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It’s official: confusion and delay steal the day with Baird’s forced council mergers

Baird’s unpopular forced council amalgamations are continuing to cause confusion and chaos, with advice from the Office of Local Government today indicating that there could be as many as four separate election dates for local councils. The so-called “clarification was sent by circular to all local councils this week.  It sets out four possible election […]

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