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 take part in postal plebiscite

Are you enrolled to vote?

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

You can check your enrollment 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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A conversation with Tamara


Recently I've been on TV and Facebook inviting you to have a conversation with me. Please get in contact if you have any issues you'd like me to take up with state government.



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10 August 2017

Second Reading Speech in NSW Legislative Assembly

Ms TAMARA SMITH ( Ballina ) : The Greens wholeheartedly support on the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2017 and commend the Labor Party for introducing it. The Bill seeks to decriminalise the use and possession of cannabis for medical purposes and establishes a scheme for cultivating, manufacturing and supplying cannabis for medicinal use. The Greens welcome the bill, which is similar to a bill introduced by the late Dr John Kaye of The Greens in the upper House—the Drug Legislation Amendment (Cannabis for Medical Purposes) Bill 2014. I take this opportunity to quote the late Dr John Kaye because he described the reform so well. He stated:

This is a bill of compassion and empathy. This is a bill of rationality and courage. It is a bill to end the timidity and the hysteria induced by the war on drugs.


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Heartless response to homeless problem

9 August 2017 

It was National Homelessness Week this week - instead of making a genuine cross-party effort to take the complex social issues behind homelessness, the NSW coalition government chose to change the law to increase police powers to move on homeless people in Martin Place, in central Sydney, by introducing the Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017.

Here is my speech, complete with heckling, during the debate on this new piece of legislation.




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Question in Parliament - SES Vehicles

3 August 2017

Ms TAMARA SMITH ( Ballina ): My question is directed to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Will the Minister commit to State Emergency Service volunteers and to communities across the State that funding for the essential replacement of SES vehicles—vehicles that the service has relied on to keep our community safe more than 35,000 times in the last financial year alone—will be maintained?


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Ballina MP secures SES vehicles funding

Media Release
3 August 2017

Tamara Smith, Greens Member for Ballina has today secured funding from Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant to maintain State Emergency Services vehicles.

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We need to talk about Renewables

Byron Shire News 3 Aug 2017


I just got back from being a delegate at the PowerGen World Renewable Energy Conference in Cologne, Germany (self-funded). It was both inspiring and an eye opener! It was a three day gathering of European, Chinese, American and Indian policy makers in the renewable and energy market spaces with the world’s largest power generation corporations from across the globe. And yes you’re right nobody there was talking about the Finkel review. The reason they weren’t talking about Australia’s second major review of the energy sector in 10 years that has recommended a price on carbon (and that is being ignored by the Federal government for a second time), is because for the countries represented at the conference renewable energy has been a profitable and burgeoning industry for more than two decades.

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Be great and nominate



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