Greens E-Brief No. 163
Thursday, 10 August 2006
This E-Brief contains information about the activities of Senator
Kerry Nettle and NSW MLCs Lee Rhiannon, Ian Cohen and Sylvia Hale. It
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IN THIS E-BRIEF
1. Greens MPs reports
3. Coming events involving Greens
4. What's on?
6. Hot website tips
7. Job advertisements
9. Contact details for Greens MPs
1. FROM THE OFFICES OF GREENS MPs IN NSW
(Contact details for all Greens MPs in NSW are at the end of this email.)
SENATOR KERRY NETTLE
ASYLUM SEEKERS IN HANDS OF SENATORS
Changes to the Migration Act is in Parliament this week. If passed,
all asylum seekers arriving by boat will be sent to Nauru and
processed outside Australia's legal system. Departmental officials
told Kerry that because "Nauru was a sovereign country, Australia
could make no guarantees about how these laws will work in practice"
- not a good basis to outsource refugee processing!
The Greens will vote against the bill. A few government Senators
have indicated they are opposed to the bill, but are under enormous
pressure not to cross the floor, and at least abstain. Family First
Senator Fielding continues to say he is undecided. You can help
defeat this bill. Contact the wavering Senators and urge them to
oppose this bill. Surely vulnerable people fleeing harm must not be
horse-traded for political gain?
Senator Steve Fielding Ph(02)6277 3711 Fax(02)6277 5713
Senator Barnaby Joyce Ph(02)6277 3697 Fax(02)6277 5782
Senator Brett Mason Ph(02)6277 3756 Fax(02)6277 5725
Senator Marise Payne Ph(02)6277 3810 Fax(02)6277 3811
Senator Judith Troeth Ph(02)6277 3785 Fax(02)6277 5797
Senator Russell Trood Ph(02)6277 3637 Fax(02)6277 5766
GREENS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE
Kerry moved a motion in the Senate today calling on the government to
push for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon. The horrible cost of this
war is growing with over 1000 Lebanese and 100 Israelis killed. The
Howard government must stop taking sides in this war, it continues to
arm Israel and support its invasion and occupation of Lebanon and
Palestine. We urge all who support peace in the Middle East to attend
the rally this Saturday, 12pm, Sydney Town Hall.
THE GREENS GUIDE TO PREGNANCY COUNSELLING
Last week Kerry launched The Greens Guide to Pregnancy Counselling
services. This booklet has contact information on all-options
pregnancy counselling services from every State and Territory, as
well as names of services that do not offer genuine choice. We have
had such a positive response we are printing a second edition, if you
would like a copy of the guide contact Kerry's office or download a
copy from www.kerrynettle.org.au
LEE RHIANNON MLC
Last week news broke of a secret deal with BHP Billiton paying up to
$250 million in upfront fees and inducements to explore for coal in
the Gunnedah Basin. Mining Minister Ian Macdonald criticised me for
calling the deal 'secret' but when the negotiations go on behind
closed doors and the details of the payments are not revealed to the
local community until four months after the exploration plans were
announced it certainly sounds 'secret' to the Greens. This area the
new frontier for coal mining as the Gunnedah Basin has 1,290 million
tonnes of coal. Local farmers are waging a strong campaign to save
the valley and local farms.
There is strong speculation that the government is looking at various
privatisation options to solve this state's transport woes. You
wonder if they will ever learn. On a recent trip south I heard
reports that the NSW government may be working with Walker
Corporation on a secret plan to complete the half finished
Maldon-Dumbarton rail line as a Public Private Partnership. $600
million was spent on this rail line before former Liberal Premier
Nick Greiner cancelled it. We are working with locals to have this
line, that would provide a much-needed route for freight and
passengers between the Illawarra and the southwest of Sydney, completed.
The NSW Opposition continues to promise whatever they think can win
them votes. They have now committed to ditching the unpopular A to E
school grading system even though their federal colleagues are
backing grade-based report cards. The grading policy, which is
detrimental for many students, certainly needs to be scrapped but I
don't have any confidence that Debnam would defy his federal
colleagues to achieve this end.
While welcoming some aspects of the NSW Government's draft State Plan
released this week, Ian, Sylvia and I said it certainly had a
pre-election feel about it with government sponsored meetings planned
to be held around the state. Public transport is seen as a priority
but considering the government failed to implement its Action for
Transport 2010 plan it is hard to get excited that this Plan is real.
IAN COHEN MLC
The destruction of conservation values on private land in New South
Wales will continue unabated because a draft code of practice cannot
ensure that they will be protected. Farmers have to go through
negotiations with public authorities to clear native vegetation, and
now the Iemma Government expects loggers to self-regulate. Loopholes
and long phase-in periods of two years for existing logging
operations and up to five years for Forest Management Plans mean that
landowners will rush to fell prize timber specimens. There will be
little incentive to protect the environment when profit looms.
Under the draft code, properties of less than 100 hectares are not
even required to prepare Forest Management Plans, while other
landowners can bypass the code and submit a development application
for logging instead.
The draft code undermines the New South Wales Government's commitment
to end broad scale land clearing.
The State Government could take action now to improve the State's
environmental and social wellbeing, rather than create pre-election
window dressing like the draft State Plan announced on August 8.
Annual performance checks across all departments are welcome, but
this draft plan does not see any new moves to protect the environment
and ensure the sustainability of the state's water and energy resources.
Public transport is given a priority in this draft report, which is a
positive sign. However, given the abject failure by the Government to
implement the Action for Transport 2010 plan, the Greens are
sceptical about yet another plan to implement departmental plans that
are already in progress. The plan compounds the problems of poor
urban planning, with no proposals to fix the lack of adequate
infrastructure, particularly in Western Sydney. At present, the
Premier's community consultation looks like a taxpayer funded,
pre-election travelling roadshow. The Greens will monitor the process
to ensure it is true consultation with local people.
SYLVIA HALE MLC
Recent protests by residents of Fairfield are just the latest in a
growing campaign of community opposition to the government's planned
massive expansion of Port Botany. The Fairfield protest on top of
the recent protest meetings in Marrickville and Enfield show that
people across Sydney are starting to realise just how big an impact
the port expansion will have on their lives. This will be a major
state election issue.
The expansion of the Port will have a major effect on hundreds of
thousands of residents across Sydney. Moving the increased freight
out of Port Botany will be a 24-hour a day road and rail operation
through the population heart of the city. Not only will five suburbs
in Fairfield be divided by a 7-metre high sound barrier but residents
across most of western and south-western Sydney will suffer increased
noise and air pollution, vibration from container trucks and further
destruction of their natural environment.
The Greens support the continuation of Port Botany as a working port
at its current capacity. Excess freight should move to Newcastle and
Nominations are arriving for the 2006 Bad Developer Awards. These
awards give communities an opportunity to highlight the worst new
developments around NSW. Developers seem to be accumulating more and
more power to steamroll over local community concerns and do enormous
damage to communities and the environment. This is a chance for those
communities to give the developers the public razzing they deserve.
Other categories for Awards include: worst Council, worst government
department and worst private certification of a development. The
awards also provide an opportunity to celebrate good developments,
with awards for both best Council and best development. Those who
work to stop bad developments will also be recognised with a "best
community campaign" award.
For information on how to nominate or attend the awards ceremony go
3. COMING EVENTS INVOLVING GREENS
RALLY IN SUPPORT OF "THE BLOCK"
When: 6 pm Thursday August 10
Where: Redfern, Sydney
The rally will commence between the Redfern towers and the RSL club for
speeches and then move to the Block as an expression of solidarity.
Bishop John Macintyre has agreed to return to Redfern for the event.
The rally is being planned by Redfern Residents for Reconciliation in
conjunction with local ALP branches, the South Sydney Greens, REDWatch,
local churches and other groups.
This rally is an extremely important event, and your presence is sought in
support of the very clear message the community wishes to send to policy
and decision makers, so mark this event in your diary and spread the word
through your networks.
if you are interested in assisting with the rally or want to lend your
support contact Trevor Davies on ph (04) 0000-8338
or Lyn Turnbull on ph: 0418 655 246.
ACTIVE GREENS: CITY TO SURF, SUNDAY AUG 13
Michael McGrath is organising The Greens participation in this years
City to Surf. If you are interested in joining our team register at
http://city2surf.sunherald.com.au/ and let Michael know so he can
keep tabs on the size of our team.
We have a stack of singlets printed and can print more if those run
out. Contact Michael on if you don't have one yet.
Get all your fellow Greens, friends and family to enter as Active
Greens members, wear your Active Greens singlets and let's show
Sydney who we are.
2006 JUANITA NIELSEN MEMORIAL LECTURE
Monday 14 August 2006
6.15 pm for 6.30 pm start
Mori Gallery, 168 Day St Sydney
All welcome - attendance free
Guest Speaker - Dr Jocelynne A. Scutt
Politics, Progress and Sedition - Did Juanita Nielsen die for something?
Never has the Australian landscape seemed so bleak. Dishonesty and
deceit at the highest levels, a lack of compassion for the
disadvantaged and dispossessed. In July 1975, Juanita Nielsen,
publisher of the independent paper "Now", disappeared because she
stood up to rapacious developers. Her murderers were never brought to
justice. Thirty-one years on, the responsibility to stand up and to
refuse to be silenced remains with every one of us. If ever the
courage of Juanita Nielsen was needed, the time is now.
Dr Jocelynne Scutt is a barrister & human rights lawyer, writer and filmmaker.
Organised by Greens MP Lee Rhiannon
Please RSVP - (02) 9230 3551
GREENS PUBLIC FORUM: STOP HUNTING IN STATE FORESTS
10:00am - 1:00pm
Monday 14th August 2006
Jubilee Room, Parliament House, Sydney
Hosted jointly by Greens MPs Ian Cohen and Lee Rhiannon
The Greens and community, environment and animal welfare groups are
campaigning to overturn newly introduced state laws that allow
recreational shooters to hunt feral animals in state forests. Signs
have gone up around NSW warning that shooters are now free to hunt in
state forests, effectively locking the public out of the
forests. The lifting of shooting restrictions in state forests has
been a big win for the Game Council and its associates, and bad news
for everyone else. Join the campaign to restore public safety in
For more information call Dom on 9230 2603 or Susie on 9230 3551.
POLITICS IN THE PUB: "GLOBAL WARMING - THE TIPPING POINT IS NOW"
6:00 pm Friday 18 August
Level 1, 64 Devonshire St. Surry Hills (across from Chalmers St exit
and Devonshire St tunnel at
Speakers: Danny Kennedy Campaigns Manager Greenpeace (Australia
& Pacific); John Kaye Greens NSW Education Spokesperson and Upper
CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP IN CASTLE HILL
Saturday 19 August
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Castle Hill RSL (Gallery Room)
77 Castle St, Castle Hill, 2154
Climate Change Workshop: Averting the Greenhouse Catastrophe
Solutions for the Home, Work, Community, and Nation
The workshop will be lead by John Kaye, energy academic at UNSW and
upper house candidate in 2007 state election. The discussion will
focus on the causes of climate change and positive solutions that
will create a sustainable, jobs rich future. It will also debunk the
myth that nuclear energy is safe and useful. Participants will
brainstorm what can be done in the home, at work, in the community
and nationally. For more details, contact John Kaye on 0407 195 455
GREENS BAD DEVELOPER AWARDS 2006
6:30 pm Thursday 24th August
NSW Teachers Club, 33 Mary St, Surry Hills
(off Albion St, 5 mins from Central)
This years categories are:
* The most environmentally destructive development
* The worst case of private certification
* The worst Council
* The worst Government Department
* The best Council
* The best community campaign
* The best development
FREE attendance, (dinner provided, drinks available) - but limited
places, so get your RSVPs in early.
RSVP to or ring 02 9230 3030.
BYRON BALLINA GREENS PUBLIC FORUM: LOCAL ACTION ON GLOBAL WARMING
6:45 pm - 9:30 pm, Saturday 26 August
Byron Community & Cultural Centre
69 Johnson Street Byron Bay
Speakers include climate change expert and Greens NSW State Upper
House candidate John Kaye, local spokesperson on environmental issues
Dailan Pugh, and environmental advocate and radio host Giovanni Ebono
Refreshments available. Tickets at the door: $6
GREENS PUBLIC FORUM: PEAK OIL AND PERMACULTURE
6.30pm Tuesday 29th August
NSW Parliament House Theatrette
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Introduction by Greens MLC Ian Cohen
Speakers: David Holmgren and Richard Heinberg.
Peak oil - a "tipping-point" in our delicate relationship with our
finite planet - is now recognised as a serious threat to our
consumption-driven, globalised supersystem on wheels. Speakers David
and Richard will provide a thorough briefing on the world situation,
and then flesh out some sustainable alternatives to the wars that we
are told will "not end in our lifetimes" and a system that threatens
to "overshoot the planet".
Includes tea/coffee break, book sales and signings by the authors.
4. WHAT'S ON
ISRAEL OUT OF LEBANON AND PALESTINE
Saturday 12 August
Assemble 12 noon at the Sydney Town Hall and march to Hyde Park
Organised by the Australian Arabic Committee in Solidarity with the
People of Lebanon & Palestine and Stop the War Coalition, Sydney
If you can assist with collection bucket on the day please contact Rob on
0411 449 033
TRADE JUSTICE DINNER
6:30 for 7pm Wednesday August 16th
Marigold Restaurant, Level 5, 683 George St, Sydney 2000
Feast on a delicious four-course Chinese banquet with vegetarian
options raising money for the Australian Fair Trade and Investment
MC: Julian Morrow, from the ABC's Chaser's War on Everything Speaker:
Sharan Burrow, President, Australian Council of Trade Unions and
President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
Price: $55 per person, Seats are limited, so please book your
ticket(s) as soon as possible,http://www.aftinet.org.au/
Registration closes on August 18.
This is a significant conference for public education and the
speakers are of international renown, including keynote speaker, Dr
John Ralston Saul, author of Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of
Reason in the West, The Doubter's Companion and The Unconscious Civilisation.
The Public Education Alliance is putting on a "Cornerstones"
conference on 22-23 September. It's going to be the public education
event of the year, with high profile speakers and lots of important
The conference is supported by NSW Teachers Fed, P&C Fed, Primary
Principals Association, Public Schools Principals Forum and Secondary
FILM AND FALAFEL - FUNDRAISER FOR LEBANON
Sunday 20th August 2006
142 Addison Rd Marrickville
Includes falafel roll, refreshments and entry to film
More information: Brett Barakat- 0434 231 551
SHORT FILM ON BURMA'S STRUGGLE FOR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY
7pm Thursday 24th August
187 Thomas St, Haymarket
Refreshments + Food
$5 Donation-Proceeds to Burmese Refugees on Thai-Burma border
For further details contact Luke Whitington 0425214731 or
Supported by Australian Coalition for Democracy in Burma, LHMU, CFMEU.
WHOSE ABC? THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION 1983-2006 - KEN
INGLIS IN CONVERSATION WITH QUENTIN DEMPSTER
As controversy continues to swirl around Australia's national
broadcaster, Whose ABC? provides much needed insight and background
to the current debates. This book is the long-awaited definitive
history of the ABC since 1983. It includes intricate and
never-before-published detail of the reigns of David Hill and
Jonathan Shier and the stormy politics of the ABC's relations with
the government over the last two decades.
Wednesday 30th August, 6.30 for 7pm
Event: In Conversation
Cost: $9/$6 conc.
Bookings: 9660 2333
Author Details: Ken Inglis is Emeritus Professor of History at Australian
IAN LOWE PRESENTS HIS VISION FOR A SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA
On the occasion of the Australian Conservation Foundation's 40th
anniversary, ACF President Professor Ian Lowe, one of Australia's
foremost scientific authorities on energy and the environment, will
speak at the National Press Club in Canberra.
Where: National Press Club, National Room, 16 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
When: 30 August
How much: $59.00 ($45.00 NPC Members, $30.00 Student members)
Bookings: www.npc.org.au or telephone: (02) 6121 2199
DAVD SUZUKI SPEAKING AT ANVIL HILL FUNDRAISER
The Anvil Hill Project Watch Association
http://anvilhill.org.au/index.php is hosting a fundraising event,
"The Challenge of the 21st Century, Putting the World Back Together",
at which David Suzuki will be speaking. This is his last Australian tour.
4 September 2006
Tickets are now available. To order simply click on this
link http://www.enmoretheatre.com.au/ and follow the prompts or
phone Ticketet 13 2849.
More information Christine Phelps 02 6547 8011 Mobile 0418 478 011
12th ANNUAL LUNCHEON OF THE JESSIE STREET NATIONAL WOMEN'S LIBRARY
Monday 18th September, 2006
Stranger's Dining Room
Parliament House Macquarie Street Sydney
Our speaker this year is the Grammy Award Winner Helen Reddy of "I Am
Cost members $70.00, non-members $75.00.
For more information call 92659646 or look us up on the web site www.
SUPPORT MUA CAMPAIGN TO RENAME EAST DARLING HARBOUR 'THE HUNGRY MILE'
The NSW Government is running a competition to rename East Darling
Harbour. The MUA is campaigning for the foreshore redevelopment of
Sussex St wharves, East Darling Harbour, to be renamed "The Hungry
Mile" in recognition of its maritime heritage and the men and women
who worked the wharves and ships for two centuries.
Do your bit to keep alive the contribution of the working men and
women of this city. Read about this great campaign. Then put in your
submission to the NSW Government why Sydney should protect its
heritage and adopt The Hungry Mile as the official name for East
Make your suggestion at - http://www.newharbourheadland.com/EntryForm.cfm
BLUE GUM HIGH FOREST
The Blue Gum High Forest (BGHF) ecological community has been given a
preliminary listing as critically endangered by the NSW Scientific
Committee. Now we need to ensure this listing is adopted. Please
write a short (half a page) Submission to the NSW Scientific
Committee in support of the listing by 15th September. Suggested
points for your submission - you support the listing of BGHF
ecological community as critically endangered; give a couple of
reasons eg. restricted distribution, reduction in extent in last 200
years, degradation due to impacts of urbanisation. Include your name
and address or the name and address of your organisation
Print and post to: Scientific Committee, PO Box 1967, Hurstville
2220. Attention Suzanne Chate.
6. HOT WEBSITE TIPS
If you are curious about who donates to political parties or if you
are battling with a corporation and want to check out their financial
links with political parties, Lee Rhiannon's web site 'Democracy 4
Sale' can be a useful source of information. This site has search
functions which allow you to search for donations from any or all of
the past seven years from companies, individuals or other groups that
donate to each of the five main political parties in NSW and their
Next month, the Sydney Opera House will host the world premier of
Honour Bound, a performance that chillingly represents life inside
Guantanamo Bay. It will tour other capital cities in Australia and
likely the globe - inviting citizens everywhere to question how we
uphold justice in the face of terrorism.
British MP on the war in the Middle East
7. ADVERTISEMENTS FOR PAID AND VOLUNTEER WORK
VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO HELP WITH EVENT MANAGEMENT
The Greens NSW is looking volunteers to assist with our first
fundraising event of the State Election Campaign. This is an
opportunity to make an important contribution to our
Campaign. Please send an email to Lesa de Leau at
URANIUM AND NUCLEAR POWER
by Stewart Smith
Report from NSW Parliamentary Library
9. CONTACT DETAILS FOR GREENS MPs
Ian Cohen MLC
Ph 9230 2603 Fx 9230 2267
Sylvia Hale MLC
Ph 02 9230 3030 Fax 02 9230 2159
Lee Rhiannon MLC
Ph 9230 3551 Fx 9230 3550
Senator Kerry Nettle
Sydney Office Ph 9690 2038 Fax 9690 2041
Canberra Office Ph 6277 3501 Fx 6277 5716