New Leadership for the Australian Greens

The 3 Rivers Greens would like to offer our thanks to Senator Christine Milne for her many years of service to our community and environment in both state and federal parliaments.

We congratulate the incoming leader Senator Richard Di Natale and co-deputy leaders Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam. We are looking forward to working with them into the next election and beyond.

Best wishes to Senator Milne for her future endeavours.

Greens for Job Creation

Vote for safe jobsThe NSW state election is approaching fast. The Greens know how important jobs are to the greater Port Macquarie Area. In the 2011 census the local unemployment rate was 6.9%; higher than the NSW regional rate of 6.1%.

The Greens have a plan to tackle unemployment in addition to the tens of thousands of jobs that would be created by Greens’ plans announced already for renewable energy, transport and social and affordable housing.

It’s time to put sustainable employment on the agenda in NSW. Vote Greens for Drusi Megget on Saturday 28th March.

OUT AND ABOUT

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Greens state candidate for Port Macquarie, Drusi Megget (left) with Jeremy Buckingham, Member of the Legislative Council, NSW Parliament (Right), at Carol Vernon’s NSW state campaign launch for the seat of Oxley in Wauchope on Monday.

The 3 River Greens are proud to have such a great pair of women standing as candidates in our region!

Greens Plan to Protect the Environment Released

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The Greens plan to protect the environment was released by NSW Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi MLC and Environment spokesperson last week.

http://nsw.greens.org.au/national-parks

Protecting our natural environment is essential to maintain the vitality and future of the 3 Rivers area.

Help us stay responsive to our community and share with us how you would like to see environmental protections enhanced for our local area.

PRESS RELEASE – Greens urge community to “Vote for TAFE”

Media release: 4 February 2015

The Liberals and National parties’ savage treatment of TAFE has been utterly rejected by voters in Victoria and Queensland and their NSW colleagues could well be next, according to Greens NSW MP and Education spokesperson John Kaye and Greens candidate Drusi Megget for Port Macquarie.

Dr Kaye said: “Queensland and Victorian voters have overwhelmingly voted against the Liberals and Nationals parties’ destructive and short-sighted agenda of privatising public assets and essential public services like TAFE.

“In NSW the cuts to TAFE’s budget and staff, massive increases in student fee and the ever-increasing flow of public money to dodgy private training providers are also proving to be deeply unpopular with voters.

“The NSW government’s Reskilling NSW package is their first acknowledgement of the appalling damage they have done to TAFE.

“It goes nowhere near restoring TAFE’s viability or recrating the opportunities for education and training that have been lost.

“While $48 million sounds like a lot of money, averaged over 200,000 scholarships, it provides only $240 per student.

“It’s hard to see what TAFE can provide at that rate, given the funding cuts it has already sustained due to the introduction of the Liberals and Nationals’ Smart and Skilled training market.

“NSW Labor’s policy of abolishing Smart and Skilled is a good start but voters should be wary. They are still committed to an historically high 2014 fee schedule and a training market that can eat up 30 per cent of TAFE’s funding.

“When they were in office Labor stripped $1 billion out of TAFE’s budget and it was their federal colleagues under the Gillard government that forced NSW to sign up to the competitive market.

“The Greens restate our commitment to work to end the public funding of all private providers of vocational education and training where a particular course can be offered by TAFE.

“However, our priority must be to stop Smart and Skilled from destroying TAFE.

“Our Plan B is to limit non-TAFE providers to 20% of public funding, to ban any public funds for new non-TAFE providers and prohibit any public funding of for-profit training providers.

“Queensland and Victoria have voted to rescue TAFE from oblivion. On 28 March, NSW will get its turn to vote for TAFE,” said Dr Kaye.

Further information:

Premier Mike Baird’s Reskilling NSW package: http://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases-premier/delivering-skills-growing-economy-free-vocational-scholarships-200000-young

NSW Teachers Federation response: http://www.nswtf.org.au/news/2015/02/02/nsw-tafe-still-under-threat.html

Opposition Leader Luke Foley’s skills reform package: http://www.lukefoley.com.au/nsw_labor_to_rescue_tafe_as_students_hit_with_prohibitive_tafe_fees

ABOUT US

The 3 Rivers Greens is an Australian Greens Party group for Gloucester, Taree, Manning Region, Camden Haven, Laurieton, Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Hastings River and Crescent Head.

We have social meetings every 2nd Sunday of the month in Port Macquarie – please email us or follow our group on facebook for details of upcoming events.