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Presumption of innocence takes a hit with Bail Law reforms

Ugly, divisive and uninformed politics has produced the NSW government’s recently announced bail law reforms, which are not founded on evidence, are not supported by key stakeholders and ultimately will not make NSW a safer place. A copy of the report by former Attorney General John Hatzistergos and being used by the Government to justify […]

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Successful call for papers on Planning

On Wednesday 26 March 2014 we received support in the Parliament for a call for papers on the review of planning. This call for papers requires the Government to produce within 21 days documents relating to the review of planning, including their instructions for the drafting of the Planning Bill 2013. 1751.  Mr Shoebridge to […]

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O’Farrell forced to effectively abandon unpopular Planning Bill

The Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard has today been forced to admit reality and effectively abandon the O’Farrell government’s deeply unpopular planning bill which had betrayed its promise to return planning powers to the community. Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “United opposition from hundreds of resident, environment and heritage groups, and thousands […]

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A little bit of truth about the Planning Bill

What on earth happened to the Planning Bill in the NSW Upper House that has got the government and big business so hot under the collar? If you believed the property developers and the miners then the sky fell in.  The big miners and their mates in the Property Council and the NSW Business Chamber […]

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ESTIMATES ROUND UP Planning

The complete transcript of this hearing is available here. David asked questions about: The degree of consultation offered to the NSW public at various stages of the planning laws. Whether the department of planning has outsourced the reading and review of submissions to a contracted external entity. The contradiction of the Director-General stating that principles […]

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Kelly’s Bush: Inspirational past, Hazzardous future

On Saturday I had the real pleasure to host a wonderful event at Kelly’s Bush in Sydney’s north.  More than a hundred people turned up at this beautiful piece of publicly owned and protected urban bushland on the shores of  Sydney Harbour. We were moved by the music of Ecopella, inspired by the words of […]

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