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Candidates on fire at Festival forum

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Currently known candidates for Eden-Monaro will meet for the first time in a political forum to be held on Saturday April 13 as part of the Two Fires Festival of Arts and Activism. The Festival, to honour the legacy of writer and activist Judith Wright and named after one of her poems, has been held in Braidwood every two years since 2005. This is the first time there has been a specifically political event at the Festival.

“It’s about time,” says Catherine Moore, Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro.

“There is often a disconnect between activists working for change in their communities, and the politicians who are making the decisions which affect us all. Take the example of the Iraq War, where hundreds of thousands of Australians joined millions around the world protesting against it. But it made not a scrap of difference to the governments of the time.” (more…)

Braidwood Greens submission on the draft PLEP

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Along with many other groups and individuals in the Palerang Local Government Area (LGA), Braidwood Greens made a submission to Palerang Council on the Palerang Local Environmental Plan (PLEP). The exhibition period closed on March 8.

To read the full submission from Braidwood Greens to Palerang Council on the draft PLEP, click on the link below.

Greens welcome sustainable population policy shift

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

The Greens in Eden-Monaro have welcomed statements by the new Prime Minister Julia Gillard that she does not support an unsustainable move towards a large population for Australia and is renaming the Population portfolio accordingly.

“This policy shift is the first time we have seen a Federal Government for a long time, if ever, question uncontrolled growth while recognising that there is still room for immigration,” said Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro, Catherine Moore.

“Let’s hope that any immigration policy as part of a sustainable population policy makes a priority of the compassionate welcoming of asylum seekers into our country. It is time we started treating asylum seekers the way we would wish our own families and friends to be treated if they were forced to leave home.

“If we as a nation can focus on working with the rest of the world towards achieving peace and democracy in every country, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions enough to stop catastrophic climate change, we will dramatically reduce the numbers of people who need to seek asylum in the first place.” (more…)

Keneally’s power stations will make soaring greenhouse worse

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Disturbing news of increases in the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions puts yet more pressure on the Keneally government to abandon its plans for two new fossil fuel power stations, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.Commenting on a story on page 3 of today’s Sydney Morning Herald  (’Our greenhouse emissions back on the rise,’, Dr Kaye said: “NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly has approved two new baseload power stations which would almost certainly be coal-fired.

“They would increase the state’s emissions by up to 17 percent. That would have the same climate changing effect as adding 8 million new cars to the road. The power stations would boost the nation’s emissions by about 6 percent. (more…)

Greens call for sensible approach to population growth issues

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

According to the NSW Department of Planning, which says that “Queanbeyan, Palerang and Yass Valley will be the fastest-growing local areas in the State’s  South Eastern region”, Queanbeyan is facing a 72% growth to 65,400 residents and Palerang a 69% growth to 21,900 by 2036.

“The Department seems to be suggesting that this will happen regardless, and we need to plan to accordingly. But how can we plan for increases like this when we cannot even guarantee that there will be adequate water?” asks Palerang councillor and Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro, Catherine Moore.

“With water security and the ongoing effects of climate change unknown, and transport infrastructure far from adequate in both of these Local Government Areas (LGAs), such predicted increases are worrying in the extreme.  (more…)

Ministers for or against?

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

(printed in the Braidwood Times and Bungendore Mirror, 8 April)

All governments have ministers, who have their various portfolios, which then makes them Minister for something. But what does it really mean? Wilson Tuckey was once the Minister for Forests and Conservation under the Howard Government but it was clear to most people that he was actually Minister against Forests and for clearing them, exemplified by the escalation of woodchipping that took place under his watch. At the moment we have a Minister for Climate Change, but there’s little argument here about what the “for” means, with the Federal Government showing no sign whatsoever of ending its love affair with coal and no commitment to coming up with something useful and effective like a carbon tax. (more…)

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