Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is encouraging community and not-for-profit groups and local councils to apply for funding requests through the 2017 Community Building Partnership (CBP) program.
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Branch received a grant for a new surf rescue emergency response vehicle from last year's CBP funding. /Photo credit Nicole Ainsworth
CBP grants are available annually for community infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes. Through the program, the NSW Government ensures funding is available to support organisations that think first-and-foremost about the needs of locals.
On behalf of The Greens, I contribute to the second reading debate of the Crimes Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017.
The Greens support the bill, which seeks to amend the Crimes Act 1900 to create specific offences relating to non-consensual recording and distribution of intimate images, or revenge porn. The bill creates an offence of intentionally recording or distributing or threatening to record or distribute an intimate image of another person without that person's consent. The maximum penalty for such an offence is imprisonment for three years or financial penalties. A threat to record or distribute an intimate image without consent is also an offence with the same maximum penalty.
“The NSW Greens don’t accept that anything less than the original model of needs-based funding proposed by the Gonski review panel should be supported and we unequivocally call on the Federal Liberal National government to go back to the drawing board,” said Tamara Smith.