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

Solar power celebration at parlt house

Every hour, enough sunlight blasts the earth to power humanity for a year. By 2050, across the entire world, solar energy could power our computers, phones, lights, hot water – anything we use electricity for today. There would be no need to pollute the planet with oil, coal or gas. Plus, solar panels are cheap at the moment. What better way to save a heating planet? Share this:

APPRENTICES: EXPLOITED, UNDERPAID AND DISAPPEARING

Low apprenticeship and traineeship completion rates, declining enrolments and rising shortages of key skills are warning signs that something is going badly wrong in a key sector of the state’s education provision. Department figures show there are 123,481 apprentices and trainees in NSW.  Apprenticeships usually last between three and four years. Drop-out rates are high, with just over half of those who enrol completing. Enrolment rates continue to fall. As … Continue reading

VULNERABLE APARTMENT OWNERS SERVED UP TO BIG DEVELOPERS

July 16, 2015 By John Kaye   Proposed changes to NSW’s strata title laws would see many elderly and vulnerable apartment owners turfed out of their homes to fatten up the profits of developers and other residents, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. Innovation and Better Regulation Minister Victor Dominello released draft legislation yesterday that would allow a strata title to be terminated and the land and buildings sold or redeveloped even … Continue reading

FIT FOR THE FUTURE’ CREATING TURMOIL IN LOCAL COUNCILS

Wednesday, Jun 17th, 2015 Canada Bay Council is the latest victim of the Coalition government’s ham-fisted attempts to force unpopular mergers on local councils, a process which is causing division, distrust and dysfunction across NSW local government. Just one week ago Canada Bay had resolved to stand alone and not merge with adjoining councils despite pressure from the State government. However last night a minority of ALP councillors took advantage … Continue reading

Canada Bay Council votes unanimously to remain independent

In a blow to the NSW Government’s plans to create huge super councils in Sydney  Canada Bay Council has voted unanimously to remain independent. A report by Council staff noted that merging with the six inner west Councils recommended by the NSW Government would cost ratepayers $96m in transition costs and result in a funding shortfall of $70m which would require 10 years of operation to break even. Greens Councillor … Continue reading

10 facts about Richard Di Natale

1. He’s a doctor Richard worked as a GP all over the country, from Geelong to Tennant Creek where he worked in an Aboriginal health service. Richard’s work in public health also took him to India where he worked to combat the spread of HIV.   2. He speaks fluent Italian Richard’s family is part of the wonderful Australian experiment called multiculturalism, and their story is not an uncommon one. … Continue reading