Committment on Old Byron Hospital site

Media Release

21 Sept 2017

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has gained a commitment from the NSW Health Minister during Question Time that he will consider keeping the old Byron hospital site in community hands and enable Byron Shire Council to lease the site for a peppercorn rent.

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Year 1 testing - but where's the follow up?

Media Release

19 September 2017

Greens Education Spokesperson and Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith says news that a numeracy and literacy test may be introduced for Year 1 students is yet another distraction by a test-obsessed LNP and a sound bite against a backdrop of under resourcing for early intervention in schools.

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Landcare Biobridges

Private Member's Statement 



An important initiative taking place in my electorate is the biobridges project, which aims to preserve our unique World Heritage listed natural environment. The Northern Rivers is an area of high conservation and biodiversity value, with rich varieties of plants and remnant Gondwanaland treasure spots as well as unique species of animals. Our natural heritage, which we must fight to protect from overdevelopment, is of vital importance not only because we need our waters and rivers, food-growing and agricultural areas that sustain us physically but also because they provide us with economic and employment opportunities, prosperity and a wonderful lifestyle.

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Tamara Smith joins protest

6 September 2017

Tamara Smith joins Year 9 NAPLAN tests protest

ABOVE: A student speaking at the protest outside NSW Parliament.


Greens Education spokesperson Tamara Smith MP spoke at a rally outside NSW Parliament in Sydney today to protest the NSW government’s new HSC policy which prevents students receiving their HSC if they have not achieved competency in their NAPLAN results in Year 9.

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What about the renters?

Opinion Piece


Photo: Panel at the Renters’ Forum on 25 August at the Cavanbah Centre, Byron Bay organised by Tamara Smith. Left to Right: Jenny Leong,  Panel MC and Greens MP for Newtown (in Sydney), Mary Flowers from Northern Rivers Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, Tony Davies, CEO of Social Futures, Estelle Graham, CEO of Anglicare North Coast and John McKenna CEO of North Coast Community Housing.


Having a home is a basic need. It’s more than simply having a roof over our head. A home is where we make memories with our families, our friends. It’s where we feel safe and comfortable. It’s where we will create connections with our neighbours and our community. We create our life around our home.



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No to new shark net trial

Media Release
1 September 2017

The Greens have condemned confirmation from NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair at a Senate Estimates hearing today of a new shark net trial on the north coast of NSW.

The NSW Government is pushing ahead with the outdated technology despite results from a six-month trial in the same region showing:

  • the shark nets caught and/or killed 244 marine creatures during the course of the trial, including rays and endangered turtles.
  • SMART drumlines deployed in the same area have caught more target sharks, with far fewer sharks deaths and almost no by catch; and
  • Senate Estimates testimony of a decrease in community support for the shark net trial.
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Alstonville Police - a systemic issue

30 August 2017

Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith says she wrote to the NSW Police Commissioner in May about the absence of a police presence in Alstonville and the situation that has led to two officers being on long term leave at Alstonville Police Station, leaving it effectively unmanned.

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Bangalow Food Hub - right businesses wrong site

Media Release

18 August 2017

Tamara Smith, Greens Member for Ballina says the proposed development application being decided by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) on RU1 zoned land just outside of Bangalow challenges some of the fundamental objectives of Agricultural land and rural buffer zones in our region and within the Byron Local Environmental Plan.

“I have received many dozens of written representations from members of the Bangalow community about this development and I have met with residents and received a petition with thousands of signatures against the proposal,” said Ms Smith.

“I have met with one of the businesses intending to lease the site from the developer and I attended the public meeting last night where the community made submissions to the JRPP.”

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Check your enrolment to have your say on Marriage Equality

Are you enrolled to vote?

To take part in the upcoming Marriage Equality postal vote / survey make sure you are on the Electoral Roll by 24 August 2017!

You can check your enrolment here:

You can update your details or enrol here:

Make sure you have a Drivers Licence or Passport handy to complete the online form.  If you do not have either of these, you will need to fill out a hard copy form and return it in the post.

See below for detailed information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics about the postal vote.

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Cultivating Murder – Ballina Screening

Media Release

11 August 2017

Tamara Smith MP for Ballina, Mehreen Faruqi Greens MLC and Dawn Walker Greens MLC are inviting the public to come and see a screening of the documentary Cultivating Murder at the Ballina Fair Cinemas on Monday 14 August at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

The documentary follows the trial of wealthy landowner and farmer Ian Turnbull who was accused of the brutal murder of Glen Turner, a compliance officer with the Office of Environment and Heritage. Glen Turner had stopped to take photos of felled trees as part of his ob investigating illegal land clearing when Turnbull approached and shot him, in front of his colleague Robert Strange.

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