Keep our schools Safe Schools

Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens spokesperson for education today spoke in support of the NSW Safe Schools Coalition Program.


“It is astonishing that we have people petitioning NSW parliament, saying that they do not want schools to be safe for all students that attend them. Surely everyone would agree that our schools should be safe, supportive and inclusive for all young people,” said Ms Smith.


A petition to stop the Safe Schools program from being taught in NSW schools is due to be debated in the NSW parliament today.

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NSW government refuses to follow Victoria ban on fracking

Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith, today called on the NSW government to follow the example of the Victorian government and ban fracking in NSW.

“I asked the Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, if his government would ban fracking in New South Wales and he said the government would not,” says Ms Smith.

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Tribute to Richard Neville

Private Member's Statement
Parliament of New South Wales
Legislative Assembly

13 September 2016

Today I pay tribute to the late, great Richard Neville, who died last week at the age of 74 years. Richard was the co-founder, alongside Richard Walsh, of the groundbreaking satirical OZ magazine. He and his family lived in my electorate for many years. OZ magazine was launched on April Fools' Day 1963 as a magazine of dissent, and set about lampooning and offending as many establishment icons and values as it could. Neville, Walsh and OZ 's contributor artist Martin Sharp were twice charged with printing an obscene publication and both times were found guilty.

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Homelessness consultation

The NSW Government is conducting consultation on a new strategy for reducing homelessness. The first part is the release of the discussion paper, Foundations for Change – Homelessness in NSW. Members of the public are invited to visit the homelessness strategy page and make a submission by 5pm Friday 14 October 2016

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Future of rail in local hands

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today requested that Don Page, Chairman of Regional Development Australia, Northern Rivers, support the democratic processes of community consultation and local government.

Ms Smith said: “Hasn’t the Chairman got enough work to focus on without making sensationalist and House of Cards type commentary two days out from a local government election?"

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Tamara Smith new NSW Greens education spokesperson

Tamara Smith, Greens MP for Ballina announced today she will be the new Greens NSW spokesperson on education.

“I am proud to follow in the footsteps of former Education spokesperson the late Dr John Kaye. I am aware of the hugely important legacy left by him, including his passion for lifelong, free, quality public education.”

Ms Smith was given the Education portfolio which encompasses schools, skills and TAFE and Early Childhood, because of her 21 year background in teaching across a wide range of educational environments including aboriginal education, distance learning and remote and rural educational settings.

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Greyhound Racing Ban passes

After a marathon sitting that lasted until 4am on Thursday morning, the law to ban greyhound racing in New South Wales was finally passed, making it illegal across the state from next July. 

This is an historic moment that comes after many years of campaigning by community groups, animal welfare activists and ordinary people who have been appalled by the reports and inquiries showing terrible breaches of animal welfare.

Thanks to everyone who supported this campaign, and if you are interested in finding out how to adopt a greyhound, you can find more information here. We're told they make great pets.

Please read my speech in parliament during the debate on the passing of the Bill. (More below)

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Ballina's Koalas between a rock and hard place

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today condemned the decision by the new Federal Government’s Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg to approve the Pacific Highway route through the habitat of Ballina’s koala colony.

“I join the many thousands of koala activists and koala lovers across our region, Australia, and internationally in condemning this decision.  It is very disappointing that alternative routes do not seem to have been seriously considered,” said Ms Smith.

“Mr Frydenberg could have insisted the Baird government examine other options for the highway. It seems he approved the four-lane expressway's new route near Ballina on the NSW North Coast on July 19, the day he was sworn in, according to koala groups such as Friends of the koala. The NSW Roads and Maritime Services made the approval public only on Monday – a month later.”

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Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Do The Right Thing 

This week is Keep Australia Beautiful Week 22 - 28 August 2016 and it's time to bring tidy back. Be a tidy Aussie and look out for a bin near you.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is sponsored by the Department of the Environment.

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Clean Energy Funding at Risk under Turnbull, Labor

18 August 2016

Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith has joined in condemning the plan by the Turnbull Government to strip more than $1 billion from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Labor’s Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen also failed to rule out passing the cut yesterday morning on RN Breakfast.

"Labor talks about clean-energy but is failing to back it up with any action and instead is refusing to commit to supporting ARENA.  Stripping $1 billion in funding would leave emerging technologies with very few other places to go to get grants to test out their business ideas,” said Ms Smith.

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