Forced WestConnex home acquisitions unfair

Despite a finding by a parliamentary committee, for the past 3 years, the NSW Government has known that the process for valuing homes forcibly acquired for major infrastructure projects – including WestConnex – is unfair to home owners. As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (p1) this morning a parliamentary committee chaired by Liberal MP Matt Kean found the compulsory acquisition system is “unfair and inadequate”. Yet the Government has … Continue reading

Showdown between Community and Coalition on forced council amalgamations

  The NSW Government’s forced amalgamations plans for local councils have been announced. The forced amalgamations will cut the number of councils from 152 to 112. In Sydney, 43 councils will be reduced to 25, while 109 regional councils will become 87. NSW Premier Mike Baird has said the target population size for the proposed merged Sydney councils was 150,000. State-wide opposition to forced amalgamations has already seen Mike Baird’s … Continue reading

TRANSGRID LEASE EXPOSES CONSUMERS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY TO UNCERTAIN FUTURE

The $10.3 billion paid for the long-term lease of NSW’s high voltage transmission network raises serious questions about what guarantees have been given to the consortium and their costs for consumers and the future of the renewable energy industry, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. Dr Kaye said: “The over-the-odds sale price looks like consumers have been served up on a platter to the multi-national consortium. “Premier Mike Baird … Continue reading

LOCAL COUNCILS SHOULD NOT BE FOOLED BY BAIRD’S BLUSTER AND BULLYING

Local councils across the state should not be fooled by Premier Baird’s bullying language and aggressive campaign to force amalgamations. Premier Baird and Local Government Minister Toole sent a letter to all NSW Mayors with an unsubtle threat to councils who have listened to their local community and decided to remain standalone: “Councils that see the benefits of merging, but are unable to reach agreement with neighbouring councils, should submit their … Continue reading

ALCOHOL AND POKER MACHINE REGULATION WEAKENED TO APPEASE POWERFUL LOBBY

The NSW government is about to undermine the regulatory structure that enforces laws about alcohol sales, electronic gaming machines and the casino, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. Deputy Premier Troy Grant’s proposed restructure of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) (see http://j.mp/LiquorGamingReforms1015) would: Strip ILGA of all of the staff that service its regulatory, enforcement and policy work. Instead the supposedly independent body would be reduced to just a board with all … Continue reading

NEWCASTLE HERALD 15/9/15 – TAFE WARNING: SALE WILL “ROB REGION”

NEWCASTLE HERALD 15/9/15 – TAFE WARNING: SALE WILL “ROB REGION”

  September 17, 2015 By John Kaye THE full and partial sale of Hunter TAFE campuses will raise more than $6million for the state government but potentially rob the region of a prosperous economic future, according to Greens MP John Kaye. ‘‘There’s no question theHunter has taken a fairly savage blow,’’ Dr Kaye said.‘‘For more than a century the state has provided young people, working class people and people with … Continue reading

Greens denounce Bill Shorten’s turn-back policy

Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015 The Greens have today denounced Bill Shorten’s move to back the Abbott Government’s “turn-back” policy for refugees seeking asylum in Australia. “Labor’s move to adopt Tony Abbott’s turn-back policy is short-sighted and will only make things harder for refugees to find safety,” Greens Immigration spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said today. “Turn-backs are dangerous. They have never been about saving lives, they are about pushing people away, often … Continue reading