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Senate report provides national blueprint to solve recycling crisis and calls for single-use plastic ban

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Motion: Bondi Pavilion

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Senator Rhiannon (New South Wales) (16:15): I inform the chamber that Senator Dastyari will also sponsor general business notice of motion No. 489 for today. I seek to leave to amend the motion standing in my name and the name of Senator Dastyari, relating to the Bondi Pavilion.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I, and also on behalf of Senator Dastyari, move the motion as amended:

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Hunter a winner under Greens plan for fairer funding boost for regional councils

The Greens plan to deliver more funding to regional councils by bringing councils and the Federal government together to ensure a fairer distribution of crucial Commonwealth roads funding. Getting equitable road finding, based on financial need and the size of a council's road network, would see Hunter local councils with extra funding to build local infrastructure including roads, cycleway and walkways. 

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Greens plan to strengthen local government

LAST Friday, Greens Calare candidate Delanie Sky and Greens MP David Shoebridge were in Oberon to discuss with council and community members opposition to forced amalgamations and to launch the Greens' plan to strengthen local government in the regions.

"The Greens have been listening to the needs of regional councils, and we are promising to deliver fairer funding and respect the rights of local communities to control their own futures," Ms Sky said.

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Local Government is a National Issue

No nation can achieve its potential if it fails to respect, and properly resource, the level of government closest to the people. The Greens understand this. That’s why we are releasing a package to strengthen local government in the regions.

When: 10:30am Wednesday 18 May 2016.

Where: Maitland, The Levee, (High Street near corner of Bulwer Street).

Why: Launch of Greens Regional Local Government Package for Federal election.

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Federal electorate fallout over Baird's forced amalgamations

The Baird government's forced council amalgamation plan has been designed to deliver political advantage to the Liberal and National parties and to cut jobs and services for local communities, Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"Premier Mike Baird's decision to drop or defer council amalgamation plans that cross into federal electorates such as New England and Gilmore reveals he knows the plans are unpopular," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Labor Senators refuse to support Newcastle City Council's push for environmentally responsible investments

The Greens have expressed dismay that their Senate motion in support of Newcastle City Council's Environmentally and Socially Responsible Investment policy was voted down today by the Coalition and Labor.

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said: "It's a shame that federal Labor have failed to back their colleagues on Newcastle City Council in their moves to update the Council's Environmentally and Socially Responsible Investment policy.

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