The Greens in Palerang

Archive for December, 2007

Historic poll result as ‘Green’ Melbourne goes marginal

Friday, December 21st, 2007

For the first time, the Federal seat of Melbourne has become a marginal seat, and the country’s only Labor/Greens electorate, after the Greens outpolled the Liberals to finish second.

Today the Australian Electoral Commission will declare the result in the seat of Melbourne. On a two candidate preferred basis, the result is Labor 54.7 per cent, Greens 45.3 per cent.

Labor MP Lindsay Tanner’s primary vote fell below 50 per cent and he was forced to rely on preferences from Australian Democrats voters to get elected. (more…)

COAG should focus on making electricity sell-off unnecessary

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Privatisation of the NSW electricity industry would deprive this state of more than $1 billion a year in revenue payments. Commonwealth underwriting assistance to the states to build public transport, health and education infrastructure would make the sell off unnecessary, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: “Treasurer Costa is using privatisation to create the illusion that he is solving the infrastructure deficit cause by the Carr/Iemma government’s failure to invest in public transport, education and health. (more…)

Airport growth unlimited?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey has today voiced concerns about the Canberra Airport’s plans for unlimited growth - and called for a curfew on night time flights.

“I think Canberra people are just getting a handle on what we can expect if the airport expansion proceeds as planned,” Dr Foskey said today. (more…)

Lawn sprinklers one week but Stage Four the next?

Monday, December 17th, 2007

ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey today questioned ACTEW’s week by week approach to water restrictions, following announcements today that sprinklers for lawns might be allowed throughout January.

“It was only a few weeks ago that we were considering the impact of Stage Four water restrictions here in Canberra,” Dr Foskey said today.

“If we do move to Stage Four, Canberra people will see will bear the loss of many loved trees and shrubs, in addition to their vegetable gardens, lawns and flowers.” (more…)

Iemma’s electricity privatisation ignores Bali threats and opportunities

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

As the world moves towards committing to science-based deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, the Iemma government is heading in the other direction by selling long term leases on NSW’s state-owned generators, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: “The Iemma government’s fire sale of electricity assets is being rushed through as the state winds down for the holidays. The Premier’s spin doctors are busy glossing over the difficult issues.

“Privatising the electricity industry is always a bad idea but this a particular silly time to be doing it. (more…)

Bali reversals: Opposition change of heart on targets creates space for Rudd

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today welcomed Opposition Environment Spokesperson Greg Hunt embracing the Greens’ position that Australia should sign up to the Bali targets as a negotiating range, creating the space for Kevin Rudd’s team to move decisively in the final hours of the Bali Conference.

Senator Milne, at the Bali climate conference in her capacity as Vice President of the World Conservation Union, said “the truism that a week is a long time in politics has been demonstrated again with climate politics. (more…)

Council meeting, December 13 2007

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Matters arising from minutes, contribution to Strategic Planning Update agenda item discussion, questions and statements… (more…)

Greens launch “Public Power” campaign to stop electricity sale

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Greens NSW MP John Kaye today unveiled his party’s posters, badges, web site and other materials as part of their campaign to stop the NSW government’s privatisation of the electricity industry.

Dr Kaye said: “Premier Morris Iemma has badly underestimated community opposition to electricity industry privatisation.

“We will be working along side unions and community groups to turn that opposition into action. (more…)

Harbour Tunnel woes a reminder of privatisation dangers

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Greens MP and roads spokeperson Lee Rhiannon said the NSW Auditor General’s report today, revealing another mismanaged private sector project in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, highlights why the Iemma government must halt its privatisation push and reclaim government’s traditional role of funding, building and managing major infrastructure

“NSW Labor has ‘hosted’ a string of private sector motorway projects in Sydney, with the public left carrying the can for their incompetent management,” Ms Rhiannon said. (more…)

Adelaide named Australia’s most car dominated city

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Adelaide is now officially the most car-dominated city in Australia, with the highest share of workers driving cars to work and lowest percentage using sustainable transport modes, according to a new University of Melbourne study.

The study, Travel to Work in Australian Capital Cities 1976-2006, which is based on census data, shows that while Perth has begun to make a modest turn around in the use of public transport on the back of a revamped rail system, the failure to electrify Adelaide’s trains is holding the city back.

“This is not good news for Adelaide. We now have the dubious distinction of being the worst in the country when it comes to driving a car to work,” said Mr Parnell.  (more…)

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