Enterprise Zones: coming soon to a suburb near you?

Enterprise Zones: coming soon to a suburb near you?

The O’Farrell government is proposing rules-free ‘Enterprise Zones’ for NSW, as part of their changes to the NSW planning system. This is a recipe for a developers’ paradise with absolutely no restrictions on potentially historic and important...
Developers get the nod in NSW

Developers get the nod in NSW

This State’s Developer Driven Approval Process After analysing 461 major project planning decisions, including 127 decisions by the Planning Assessment Commission, that have been made since the O’Farrell government came into office in 2011 the following...
Police Minister has ‘no idea’ on illegal guns

Police Minister has ‘no idea’ on illegal guns

The NSW Police Minister, Michael Gallacher, has ‘no idea’ where this State’s illegal guns are coming from.  Worse still, when directly asked if he knew where the drive by shooting guns came from – he refused to even check. The lack of interest by the...
$1.6 Billion wasted on paper shuffling by WorkCover

$1.6 Billion wasted on paper shuffling by WorkCover

Figures obtained by The Greens show that since 1997 private insurers have been paid more than $3.9 billion dollars to just manage workers compensation claims.  These fees have grown more than 5 times faster than both inflation and actual benefits paid to the injured. ...
Government legalises corruption in local councils

Government legalises corruption in local councils

Legislation passed by the NSW Parliament in April allows local councillors to vote on planning proposals in which they have a direct pecuniary interest. The Government’s legislation allows Councillors to vote on rezoning proposals, changes to development control...
A May Day 2012 message from David

A May Day 2012 message from David

Friends, The clear agenda from the first twelve months of the O’Farrell government has been the attack on the wages and conditions of people in NSW, highlighting the importance of collective action and solidarity between working people in NSW. The Greens have...
Planning Review Workshops – 7 February 2012

Planning Review Workshops – 7 February 2012

For those who are interested in contributing to the next round of workshops as part of our consultation on the NSW Review of Planning the details follow. The next workshops are on Tuesday 7 February at NSW Parliament House There will be four workshops as follows:...
Planning Review Workshop 2 – 3 February 2012

Planning Review Workshop 2 – 3 February 2012

For those who are interested in contributing to the second workshop as part of our consultation on the NSW Review of Planning the details follow. Workshop 2 is on Friday 3 February 12:30pm – 2:30pm NSW Parliament House The discussion paper available for download here-...
Investigation needed into police bashing at SCG

Investigation needed into police bashing at SCG

On 18 February 2012 a serious incident occurred when a police officer repeatedly struck a spectator at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The incident was recorded on a camera phone and the recording sent to the media. After the video was played a senior police officer made a...
Planning Review Consultation Wednesday 25 January 2012

Planning Review Consultation Wednesday 25 January 2012

For those who are interested in contributing to the first workshop as part of our consultation on the NSW Review of Planning the details follow. Workshop 1 is on Wednesday 25 January 2:30pm – 4:30pm NSW Parliament House Chapter A. Introduction Including General...
Planning Review Consultation – get involved

Planning Review Consultation – get involved

The Review of the Planning System in NSW has entered its second and primary consultation phase. The Issues Paper was released in December 2011 and contains a list of over 300 questions for consideration. Submissions were due by 2 March 2012. A copy of the paper can be...