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Greens NSW State Delegates Council, St Mary’s, August 27-28

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Upfront on the agenda at today’s Greens NSW State Delegates Council was a condolence motion and tribute to Simon Morrissey, who died recently at the age of 24. See Lee Rhiannon’s blog here.

Today, some of Simone’s friends paid tribute to her inspirational contribution to The Greens.

The condolence motion

This August meeting of the NSW Greens State Delegates Council extends condolences to Simone Morrissey’s family, her partner Chris Friend and her
many friends. We join with you in mourning your loss.

Simone was an incredible, bright and generous person who was not afraid to say what she thought was right or necessary to say.

In the brief two years that she was a member of the NSW Greens, she made an enormous impact on us all. She inspired us to be active, strategic
campaigners. Her contributions to any part of the party she got involved in were whole-hearted, from her incisive comments on our e-lists to her
willingness to take on roles that needed to be filled. In particular we are thankful for her involvement in Young Greens, in the Industrial Relations
working group and the women’s group, and in the recent NSW State Election Campaign Committee.

We learnt more from her than we can say. Even those of us who only knew her fleetingly were impressed by her strength of conviction, her generous
spirit, and her sparkle.

Simone could be a formidable adversary, but she never let a difference of opinion get in the way of friendship. She was passionate about social and
environmental justice and training people to work collectively for a better world. We are thankful for her contribution to the Greens here and
nationally, and to the broader environmental, feminist and union movements.

We miss her enormously.

Building women’s workforce participation requires boosting status of Women’s Office

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Responding to today’s report that increasing women’s participation in the workforce would boost Australia’s economic production, Greens NSW Senator and women’s spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on the Gillard government to establish a separate Office for the Status of Women (page 1, SMH).

“Now we know that increasing women’s participation in high  growth sectors such as construction and mining will bring massive economic benefits the government should set up a separate Office for the Status of Women as part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Job opportunities for women are not expanding in line with other countries. A Goldman Sachs report has found that the gap between male and female participation has widened in recent years.

“The report estimates that closing the gap between male and female job participation would increase economic activity by $180 billion. (more…)

Federal government fails to rule out funding Eden wood-fired power station

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Australian Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says the major parties’ refusal to rule out federal funding to support the operations of the proposed Eden wood-fired power station, by voting against a motion she put to Federal Parliament yesterday, suggests the proposal could still have life.

The full motion and debate from Hansard is provided below. Senator Rhiannon and NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge are visiting South East NSW next Tuesday 30 August.

“When I visit South East NSW next week with David Shoebridge we will be talking with locals about stepping up the campaign to stop the construction of a wood-fired power station,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The Greens are concerned that the Federal Minister for Forestry Senator Ludwig did not use the opportunity in Parliament to rule out future funding of the Eden bio-mass power station which is still on the Department of Planning’s books.

“We know that the Federal MP for Eden-Monaro Dr Kelly has continued to promote the power station, despite electricity generation from native forest feed-stocks no longer being eligible for Renewable Energy Certificates. (more…)

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon gives inaugural speech; praises history of environmental & social activism, calls for greater economic equality

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

WHO:  Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon
WHAT: First speech.
WHEN: 5-5.20pm, Wednesday 24 August 2011.
WHERE: Australian Senate Chamber.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will deliver the final of the new Greens Senators’ first speeches before a crowd of supporters, stating that:

“History demonstrates that while parliaments make the laws, people are the driving force for social change. One of the great strengths of The Greens is our constructive parliamentary work combined with our commitment to amplify in this place the voice of progressive people’s movements”.

The speech will be broadcast live: http://webcast.aph.gov.au/livebroadcasting

The full transcript will be made available on Senator Rhiannon’s website after the speech: http://lee-rhiannon.greensmps.org.au/

Barry O’Farrell takes a knife to renewable jobs

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Not content with delivering a death blow to the solar industry, Premier Barry O’Farrell has indicated that he is prepared to kill off the wind generation sector, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: “Since coming to power, the O’Farrell government has shattered the confidence of the renewable energy industry in NSW. By holding yet another review into the rooftop solar scheme, Mr O’Farrell is ensuring that the industry dies while waiting for a tariff.

“Results released today of a survey of 91 NSW solar businesses show an 88% decline in solar installations and a 93% fall in daily sales inquiries since November 2010. By the end of the year 3,700 jobs could be lost.

“The Premier would also rather see no new wind farms in NSW. (more…)

Greens to advance Abbott’s call for farmers’ rights

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

The Australian Greens will bring a bill into the Senate, in the next fortnight, to require the permission of landholders before companies can explore for, or extract, coal seam gas, Greens Leader Bob Brown announced today.

“Queensland’s new Greens Senator Larissa Waters’ bill will use the corporations power in the constitution to require coal seam gas corporations to get written permission before entering a farmer’s land,” Senator Brown said.

“It is a simple solution to the growing alarm in rural Australia where, on the fertile Darling Downs alone, more than 40 000 drill holes to extract gas are proposed in the coming years. (more…)

Renewables, efficiency and green carbon measures double effectiveness of price on pollution

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Analysis of the Clean Energy Future package by ClimateWorks backs The Greens’ efforts, showing that the multi-billion dollar investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and green carbon negotiated by The Greens effectively double the pollution cuts delivered by the carbon price.

“ClimateWorks’ analysis is a welcome positive contribution to the political debate which demonstrates the wisdom of adding renewable energy, energy efficiency and landscape carbon to an emissions trading scheme to double the climate benefits and economy-wide changes,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

“Most importantly, the analysis shows that Australia has the potential to deliver very substantial pollution cuts from our own economy if we embrace the job-creating renewable energy, energy efficiency and green carbon options. (more…)

Greens welcome NSW coal seam gas inquiry

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Australian Greens Senator for Queensland and spokesperson on mining Larissa Waters has welcomed the announcement that the NSW Legislative Council will conduct an inquiry into the coal seam gas industry.

“While the Queensland government has given the go-ahead for an unbridled stampede into the unknown, the NSW parliament will investigate the CSG industry’s impact on the environment, particularly on groundwater and on good agricultural land,” Senator Waters said.

“Tellingly, the inquiry will also consider whether CSG really is cleaner than coal on a whole-of-lifecycle basis, rather than just accepting the industry’s word for it.

“New South Wales coal seam gas is a few years behind Queensland’s rampant gas rush and this inquiry presents a critical opportunity to apply a precautionary approach - to ensure all decisions are made fully informed of the threats this industry poses to our environment, health and to New South Wales’ agricultural sector. (more…)

There’s a real Hazzard in Premier taking over Barangaroo

Monday, August 8th, 2011

In response to the announcement by Barry O’Farrell that his new government intends to press ahead with former premier Keneally’s controversial Barangaroo development without compelling any changes, The Greens have labelled the Coalition Labor-lite on planning.

NSW Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“This entire development is on 22 hectares of precious public land, and even juts into the public harbour.  Yet Barry O’Farrell will not even stand up and say the hotel in the Harbour must go.  The only promise from Mr O’Farrell is further talk.

“As land owner the Government should come out loud and clear and say no hotel will be built on Sydney harbour. (more…)

Put Reef ahead of mining profits

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The federal government needs to put the Great Barrier Reef ahead of mining profits, following UNESCO’s criticism of the Australian Government for approving liquefied natural gas processing on the doorstop of the Great Barrier Reef which could threaten its Overall Universal Value.

Australian Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said: “The federal and Queensland governments are treating the Great Barrier Reef like a coal and gas highway.  The Federal Environment Minister’s approval of 55 million tonnes of dredging from the southern Great Barrier Reef at Gladstone’s Curtis Island to facilitate a gas export boom is a triumph of short term profit-seeking over the long term public interest.

“At risk is a $6bil/yr biodiversity and tourism icon which employs 67,000 people. (more…)

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