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Major parties baulk at national gun reform, fail to condemn shooting in NSW national parks

 In the shadow of legislation passed in the NSW Upper House which allows recreational hunters to shoot feral animals in designated national parks and reserves, Labor and the Coalition parties today voted against a Greens Senate motion condemning this move and calling on the Attorney General to strengthen national gun laws.

The motion below was moved by Greens Senators Penny Wright and Lee Rhiannon.

Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said strengthening uniform gun laws would help increase public safety.

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Federal firearm reform needed to reign in NSW gun culture: Greens

The Australian Greens will today call on Attorney-General Nicola Roxon to get on with the job that former Prime Minister John Howard started and tighten uniform national gun laws, in response to the O'Farrell government's deal making with the Shooters Party and today's ongoing debate of legislation allowing recreational hunters into 79 national parks and reserves.

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Saving SE NSW koalas demands complete logging halt

The NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker's comments that there can be a 'balance' between native forest logging in South East NSW and saving koalas misses the point of protecting biodiversity and highlights concerns over the newly awarded Biodiversity Fund project to protect koala habitat in the NSW South East forests, says Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Greens secure dental funding boost for NSW - lowest spending state in Australia

Lee Rhiannon 6 May 2012

Australian Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon says NSW, which spends less on public dental services than any other state or territory, will reap the benefits of a package of measures worth over half a billion dollars to overhaul of Australia's dental system secured by the Greens in next week's budget.

"NSW has always been the poor cousin of a nation of very poor cousins when it comes to dental care services, particularly rural and regional NSW," Senator Rhiannon said.

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NSW public transport poor cousin of federal budget

Australian Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has raised concerns that the budget leak revealing a $3.6 billion boost for the Pacific Highway suggests NSW public transport upgrades have again been neglected by the federal Labor government (SMH today).

"The Greens welcome programs that make our roads safer. This can be more effectively achieved by also expanding public rail and bus projects," Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Badgerys Creek no solution to Sydney Airport woes

Badgerys Creek, like Wilton, lies inside the Sydney Basin Airshed and is a non-solution to Sydney's airport dilemmas despite what the head of Qantas Alan Joyce says, said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said.

"Sydney Airport needs to be relocated to a new airport outside the Sydney Basin Airshed. It's time the government established a genuine process to identify a suitable site," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Federal Labor and Coalition governments have ruled out Badgerys Creek and to name it as an option is simply game playing.

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Moorebank intermodal: local impacts must be addressed

The Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese must ensure the noise, environmental and health impacts of the proposed $1.6 billion freight terminal at Moorebank on residents are minimised when planning the project, with genuine consultative mechanisms established to address local community concerns, says Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

The government is due to announce tender plans for the project today.

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