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Minister admits not one home made safe from highly dangerous flammable cladding

Thousands of NSW properties may have had dangerously flammable aluminium cladding installed, but the Liberal National government’s inaction has meant not a single property has had the dangerous cladding removed. The inaction was admitted by the Minister for Better Regulation admitted in a Budget Estimates hearing this afternoon, where it was also confirmed that the […]

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Emergency Services Bullying Inquiry

We’ve spoken to many emergency service workers who want to put a submission into the current bullying inquiry, but have concerns about how making a submission might impact on their employment, and specifically that they have worries that making a submission may lead to them being bullied. The committee understands these concerns, and has a […]

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Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017

Mr DAVID SHOEBRID GE ( 11:43 ): On behalf of The Greens, I indicate that we oppose the Government’s Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017. We oppose it because the Government’s legislation offers a billion-dollar gift to the insurance companies, which will be paid for primarily by ordinary mums and dads and residential owners […]

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A big new unfair tax: Baird’s Christmas present for NSW

The Baird Government’s proposed new state-wide emergency services tax will slug homeowners an extra $200 million a year to unfairly subsidise NSW businesses. The government’s own 2012 discussion paper made it clear that these changes will cost homeowners an extra $200 million a year while delivering businesses over $250 million in tax cuts. Baird’s big […]

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Tree culling documents expose NSW government’s anti-environment agenda

After a year-long legal struggle the NSW Greens have forced the Baird government to hand over a series of deeply damaging internal documents on the 10/50 tree culling code. The confidential government documents show the Office of Environment and Heritage, then under Minister Rob Stokes, actively working to oppose any environmental protections in the 10/50 […]

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Campaign to save Wyong’s trees launched

A community campaign to save Wyong’s trees has been launched to overturn Wyong Council’s new policy of allowing all trees on residential land of less than 1500m2 to be cleared without first obtaining Council approval.  As reported by the Central Coast Advocate: The policy was introduced after the April storms on top of the State Government’s controversial 10/50 […]

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Ugly politics produces ugly suburbs as Liberals attack trees

The appalling decision by Wyong Council last night that has removed all local protections for urban trees is a destructive, knee-jerk response to the extremely rare and severe storms in NSW. As reported by the ABC: New South Wales Greens MP David Shoebridge is urging Hunter councils not to make “knee-jerk” reponses when reviewing tree […]

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