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Keep our schools Safe Schools

Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens spokesperson for education today spoke in support of the NSW Safe Schools Coalition Program.


“It is astonishing that we have people petitioning NSW parliament, saying that they do not want schools to be safe for all students that attend them. Surely everyone would agree that our schools should be safe, supportive and inclusive for all young people,” said Ms Smith.


A petition to stop the Safe Schools program from being taught in NSW schools is due to be debated in the NSW parliament today at around 4:30pm.


Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith, today called on the NSW government to follow the example of the Victorian government and ban fracking in NSW.

“I asked the Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, if his government would ban fracking in New South Wales and he said the government would not,” says Ms Smith.


Tribute to Richard Neville

Private Member's Statement
Parliament of New South Wales
Legislative Assembly

13 September 2016

Today I pay tribute to the late, great Richard Neville, who died last week at the age of 74 years. Richard was the co-founder, alongside Richard Walsh, of the groundbreaking satirical OZ magazine. He and his family lived in my electorate for many years. OZ magazine was launched on April Fools' Day 1963 as a magazine of dissent, and set about lampooning and offending as many establishment icons and values as it could. Neville, Walsh and OZ 's contributor artist Martin Sharp were twice charged with printing an obscene publication and both times were found guilty.


Homelessness consultation

The NSW Government is conducting consultation on a new strategy for reducing homelessness. The first part is the release of the discussion paper, Foundations for Change – Homelessness in NSW. Members of the public are invited to visit the homelessness strategy page and make a submission by 5pm Friday 14 October 2016


Future of rail in local hands

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today requested that Don Page, Chairman of Regional Development Australia, Northern Rivers, support the democratic processes of community consultation and local government.

Ms Smith said: “Hasn’t the Chairman got enough work to focus on without making sensationalist and House of Cards type commentary two days out from a local government election?"


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