Monthly Archives: October 2014

Climate Change: Clive Palmer cuts pointless deal with reluctant Government for a review of an Emmissions Trading Scheme – 31st October 2014

Team Australia let the planet down yesterday by opting for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Direct Action plan for reducing carbon emissions.

In 2008, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati asked Australia to accept its citizens as permanent refugees because it expected to be the first country to lose all its land to human produced global climate change.

In 2014, Clive Palmer, a billionaire miner with “significant” interests in coal, cuts a pointless deal with our climate denying PM to do yet another review of the effectiveness of an emissions trading scheme (ETS).

While in the back ground the Environment Minister underlines the futility of the outcome by promising that this reluctant review will not lead to an ETS. “We have agreed to a review but our policy is crystal clear, we abolished the [carbon] tax and we’re not bringing it back,” Mr Hunt tells AM.

Are these political shenanigans really the best the government of Australia can offer Kiribati and the rest of the planet?

Greens Councillor Murray Matson

Randwick-Botany Greens State Election Candiate James Cruz for Maroubra – 10th Oct. 2014

Local librarian James Cruz has been preselected by the Randwick-Botany Greens as their party’s candidate for the state seat of Maroubra in the March NSW state election.

The Randwick-Botany Greens have preselected local librarian James Cruz as The Greens 2015 candidate for the NSW state seat of Maroubra.

He is drawing attention to the growing lack of confidence in the two major parties following the spate of ICAC revelations. He stated this week,

“The current spectacle of premiers and MPs falling to the scrutiny of ICAC has given the Greens the opportunity to remind people why we won’t take corporate donations.”

Mr Cruz is calling for a feasibility study into the possibility of extending the approved CBD to South East Light Rail line to Maroubra Junction. He said,

“I want to say that we need the light rail and we need to assess the feasibility of extending it to Maroubra Junction. And that means a properly conducted feasibility study to avoid design mistakes such as the planned bus and rail interchange in Randwick’s High Cross Park.”

The Greens election campaign will highlight the threats to local land uses. Mr Cruz said,

“From the Malabar headland to the Botany Industrial Park and down to the La Perouse Chinese Market gardens our precious local land is under threat from contamination, development and inappropriate uses. Community power can overcome these things but we need to be organised and vigilant.”

Another major Greens issue is education and housing. James said,

“Education and housing are fundamental to a healthy society but our public education institutions are continually underfunded, and TAFE has lost twenty five percent of its funding in the past ten years. Public housing too is at threat. We should see the Miller’s Point closed auctions as just the beginning of this government’s plan to sell off scarce and valuable public housing to a wealthy few.”

James is backing the Greens’ view that women’s rights need to be defended. Specifically, he explained,

“We want all funding restored to and the autonomy of women’s refuges respected so they can continue their crucial task; protecting women at risk. Abortion, too, should be removed from the crimes act entirely. There’s no crime in a woman exercising control over and making medical decisions for her own body. The crime is in restricting that right.”

Randwick-Botany Greens support community action day for keeping the Renewable Energy Target (RET) at Coogee Beach tomorrow (11th October 2014)

Greens Councillor Murray Matson will join Matt Thistlethwaite at Coogee to help collect pro RET petition signatures and to door knock while Greens candidate for Maroubra, James Cruz, will do the same at Maroubra Beach.

“Australians love their solar but need to speak up to save the Renewable Energy Target (RET) from climate change deniers Tony Abbott and Dick Warburton.” says Green Councillor Murray Matson.

Date: Tomorrow, Saturday 11th October 2014
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Where: Meet at Goldstein Reserve, Coogee Beach

Lunch will be provided afterwards at Coogee Beach.

The Abbott Government recently commissioned Dick Warburton to conduct a review of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET)

The RET is designed to ensure that 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.

The Warburton review recommends either closing the RET to new entrants or reducing the target rate of renewable energy. Both options will discourage greater investment in renewable energy in Australia.

Matt Thistlethwaite will present the signed petitions to the Parliament on behalf of our community.

Labor Liberal agreement sees transition to new Liberal Mayor on Randwick while Greens warn of State Government Council amalgamation push – 1st Oct. 2014

“The Last Mayor of Randwick?” Liberal Councillor Ted Seng has became possibly Randwick City Council’s last Mayor in an election unopposed by Labor, independent or Green Councillors.

The transition to Councillor Seng is in accordance with an agreement entered into between Labor and the Liberals after the last Council election.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson was defeated by independent Councillor Anthony Andrews for the Deputy Mayoral position 12 to votes to three. Matson was supported by fellow Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey and Labor Councillor Geoff Stevenson.

Councillor Matson commented afterwards.

“I support Councillor Ted Seng’s steady and non-populist approach to maintaining financial sustainability for the Council and continuing the long term financial plan which the Greens introduced under my 2004 mayoralty.”

The celebratory mood of the night was damped by the shadow of possible state Government intervention via forced Council amalgamations.

Councillor Matson continued:

“But I felt compelled to stand for the Deputy Mayoral position to show my concern at the Liberal Government’s Council amalgamation agenda which may yet see Ted becoming the last recorded Randwick City Council mayor. ”