Greens education spokesperson Tamara Smith has today condemned Labor’s views announced in the Sydney Morning Herald that over-funded private schools should have their funding maintained at the expense of disadvantaged public schools.
“Labor is no longer interested in supporting everyday Australians whose children go to Public Schools, instead they are committed to continuing to give limited public money to the wealthiest private schools.” Said Ms Smith
“The main concept of Gonski school funding is to lift the performance of disadvantaged students,” said Tamara Smith.
Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed the announcement by Byron Shire Council that it will purchase the Beech Road education land in Suffolk Park, retaining it in community ownership.
"This is a victory for the Suffolk Park community and another example of people power that we as a community in the Northern Rivers area are world renowned for," said Ms Smith.
"What a cost, though, to our already stretched local council and thus a cost to our community. When you consider that the space had historically been planned to be used for a school why should the community have had to pay $900,000 to buy the land to keep it as social capital?”
"This is a government that has made more than $16 Billion from privatising our inter-generational resources. Forcing a community to buy land that has already been earmarked for the community is not exactly largesse. "
“Thank goodness for the willingness of our community to stand up loud and proud for what is right,” said Ms Smith.
I speak on behalf of The Greens in debate on the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and the Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016. These are cognate bills. The Greens do not support the bills. There are no surprises there. The Greens proposed 60 amendments in the other place that attempted to redeem the legislation. That says much about the extent of the problems with this legislation. Even though 60 amendments were proposed, in an attempt to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, none of them were passed.
Speech by Tamara Smith in NSW Parliament on the FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT (SHARK MANAGEMENT TRIALS) BILL 2016
I speak on behalf of The Greens on the Fisheries Management Amendment (Shark Management Trials) Bill 2016, which will enable the trial of shark mesh nets along the North Coast of New South Wales. The bill gives the Minister for Primary Industries the power to approve trials of mesh nets in New South Wales for five years without approvals under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and the Fisheries Management Act 1994.
Second chance for Suffolk Park community open space
Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith, said today she had talked to Education Minister Adrian Piccoli about the land for sale at 60 Beech Drive Suffolk Park, one of the few community open spaces left in Suffolk Park.
“I spoke to Minister Piccoli about the community’s opposition to their recreational space being sold and he said he would consider an offer from Byron Council to buy the land.”