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Archive for November, 2012

Swags for the Homeless take one giant leap to help Australians sleeping rough

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

A group of volunteers from ‘Swags for the Homeless’ begin their long walk from Canberra to Sydney today to raise awareness and money for helping the homeless.

Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam praised the group and urged the Government and Opposition to heed their calls.

“Swags for the Homeless provide emergency swags to help the many Australians sleeping rough.  A swag can mean making it through a winter night.  This is something all parties should unite to support.

“In the first three months of 2012 more than 100,000 Australians accessed specialist homelessness services.  Many thousands are sleeping rough every night.  We need to see more affordable housing as a long-term solution, and we need to give whatever help we can to the homeless right now - today. (more…)

Koalas will be wiped out if massive Maules Creek coal mine goes ahead

Monday, November 12th, 2012

A threatened koala population which is holding out in Leard State Forest in the heavily cleared Liverpool Plains will be wiped out if the massive Maules Creek open cut coal mine goes ahead, says Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann, who has just returned from a visit to the area.

While visiting the forest on Thursday with ecologists and local farmers, Cate discovered this koala resting low in the tree to escape the midday heat.

“So we now have evidence beyond doubt that there are koalas in this forest. I will be urgently conveying this to the federal environment minister and the state government and asking that there be no further expansion of mining in Leard State Forest to protect these koalas,” said Ms Faehrmann.

“It’s very clear what will happen to the koala population if the Maules Creek mine goes ahead - it will be wiped out. Leard Forest is the largest remaining refuge on the already heavily clearly Liverpool Plains, so the koala does not have anywhere else to go if its habitat is cleared. (more…)

Will shooters be roaming free in national parks?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

-       No extra resources to fund Premier’s promise of only supervised hunting
-       No proficiency test required for amateur hunters

In response to questions from Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann, the NSW Government has revealed that no additional resources will be made available for supervising recreational hunters in national parks, despite promises made to the contrary by the Premier and Environment Minister.

“The Premier said there would be supervision. The Environment Minister said there would be supervision. But with only a couple of months before National Parks are opened up to hunting, we find out there is not one extra cent allocated to this supervision,” said Ms Faehrmann.

“Nobody is buying the bogus claims of conservation hunting. This will backfire on Barry O’Farrell because people don’t want the integrity of our national parks trashed, especially not at the behest of the Shooters Party.

“This is a recipe for disaster and it isn’t just biodiversity that’s at risk. There is no way of guaranteeing that other users of national parks, like bushwalkers and campers, won’t be at risk. (more…)

O’Farrell’s planning regime to trash local environment and heritage

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Legislation to be pushed through NSW Parliament this week will undermine the strength of the NSW planning system and makes a mockery of Barry O’Farrell’s promise to return planning powers to local communities.

See SMH article: http://m.smh.com.au/domain/real-estate-news/terraces-under-threat-from-changes-to-planning-controls

NSW Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said “these pro-developer laws will wipe out most heritage and environmental protections that local communities have put in place.

“Some of the most precious parts of Sydney’s heritage from the Rocks, to Paddington and Parramatta face bring carved up by developers if these changes become law.

“In his contract with NSW Barry O’Farrell said he would ‘return planning powers to the community’ and ‘give communities a say again in the shape of their community’.  This is a promise he has now broken. (more…)

The human face of the free-range labelling rort

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Truth-in-labelling activists gathered in the Sydney Domain to undertake a larger-than-life demonstration of what ‘free-range’ egg production would look like under the Egg Corporation’s plans to increase stocking densities from 1,500 to 20,000 birds per hectare, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: “The industrial caged-egg producers are trying to con consumers into thinking they are buying an animal-welfare-friendly product. The reality is a level of overcrowding that means their hens are anything but free-range.

“As the Greens’ Truth in Labelling Bill goes before the NSW Lower House, we want the Coalition MPs to know that their constituents are tired of the term ‘free range’ being abused to fatten up the profits of the egg industry.

“Two million NSW residents who purchase free-range eggs want to know that the chickens lived a reasonable life. (more…)

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