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Mullumbimby community win on hospital site future

Media Release
May 10 2017



Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith paid tribute today to the community members who have fought for several years to retain the Mullumbimby and District War Memorial Hospital in community control.

“Congratulations to the Mullumbimby Hospital Action Group and the community for forcing the government to recognise that it is community land,” said Tamara Smith.

Trails the way ahead for our region

10 May 2017

2nd Reading Speech: debate on the Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line Between Rosewood and Tumbarumba) Bill 2017

We are very confident that with minor amendments in the other place this bill will be passed. We are very excited about and supportive of the Tumbarumba Rail Trial and the work that has been done by the member for Albury. I am very keen to talk to the member about future rail trails and cycle tourism in my electorate. The big issue is that the rail trail stays in public hands. I am delighted that the Minister has said in his second reading speech and to me personally that that is the intent of the legislation. The Greens are confident that by stating that explicitly in the legislation the bill will pass and this rail trail will be a guiding light for cycle tourism in Australia.

Question in Parliament - Federal Disaster Funding

9 May 2017


Ms TAMARA SMITH: My question is directed to the Minister for Police, and Minister for Emergency Services. Will the Minister urge his Federal counterpart to declare flood‑affected areas of my electorate, such as Billinudgel, Ocean Shores, New Brighton and Mullumbimby, eligible for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance and the Australian Government Category C Disaster Relief and Recovery for affected business?





Gonski funding - Speech to Parliament

9 May 2017
Private Member's Statement


Every time a politician comes up with a new buzzword or theory in education, a fairy dies and we can hear millions of students and teachers across the nation groaning. It is like teenagers watching me text on a mobile phone with one finger or my daughter watching me with only one screen open on a personal computer and groaning involuntarily at the clunkiness and lack of comfort with changing technology and skills. 

Gonski 2.0: bastardisation dressed up as needs-based funding

Media Release
3 May 2017

NSW Greens Education spokesperson Tamara Smith MP has condemned the Turnbull government’s latest act of bastardisation in suggesting that he is delivering the original Gonski reforms.

“It must have been a very weird day indeed for David Gonski to be standing beside the PM who has totally bastardised the recommendations of Gonski 1.0.” Ms Smith said.

Greens to have a ball at Renew Fest

Media Release
3 May 2017


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Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina, will attend the Renew Fest in Mullumbimby this weekend to celebrate and discuss community action on topics such as renewable energy, sustainability, ethical economics, food production and biodiversity.

“I am very proud to support such a great festival with so many wonderful and interesting presenters over the two days,” said Ms Smith.

Waterlily Park equipment launch

Congratulations to Coorabell Public School Community

Media Release
27 April 2017

Member for Ballina and Greens Spokesperson for Education, Tamara Smith has congratulated the Coorabell P&C Association and students, teachers and parents for their incredible organisation and proactiveness on the issues facing Coorabell Public School over the past 18 months.

“Last year the school was told to shrink its roll by up to 65% and that no 2017 out-of-zone enrolments could be accepted, including siblings of students already at the school,” said Ms Smith.

Lib-Nats fail to consult over Mullum Hospital

Media Release
24 April 2017

Brunswick Valley community and Mullumbimby residents were given assurances in 2015 by the then-Minister for Health Jillian Skinner that they would be consulted about the future of the Mullumbimby and District Memorial hospital site; but this never took place, says Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith.

“Yesterday we were told we have 28 days to cobble a plan together, the NSW government doesn’t seem to realise that community consultation takes time,” says Ms Smith.

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