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Electoral Funding Bill Report - Portfolio Committee No. 1 - Premier and Finance

I speak as a participating member of the Portfolio Committee No. 1 - Premier and Finance inquiry into the Electoral Funding Amendment Bill 2023. I participated in the inquiry because The Greens wanted to have a say in it, and also because I am a member of the Joint Standing...

Drug Laws - Question Without Notice

My question is directed to the Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy. In 2019 Deputy State Coroner Harriet Graham had extreme concerns about drug dog operations at music festivals, saying that dogs can precipitate panic ingestion or dangerous preloading, which can in turn increase the risk of serious illness...

Drug Laws - Take Note Debate

I take note of the response by the Hon. John Graham, the Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, in response to the two tragic deaths that happened as a result of people attending music festivals over the October long weekend. I note with disappointment the response that most action...

‘Two-strike’ Scheme for Drug Use A Welcome but Small Step: Greens

The news that the Government is set to introduce a ‘two-strike’ pre-court diversionary scheme for personal drug use is a welcome development, however the policy doesn’t go far enough in adopting the recommendations of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’, says Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and spokesperson...

Chief Scientist Fish Kill Report: Government must act on Roadmap to Restore Darling-Baaka & Menindee

The full release of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer’s Independent review into the 2023 fish deaths in the Darling-Baaka River at Menindee provides a roadmap for returning the Darling-Baaka River and Menindee Lakes to health, said NSW Greens MP and spokesperson for water, Cate Faehrmann.

Central-West Orana REZ transmission lines consultation process ‘farcical’: Inquiry Chair

The Chair of the newly established NSW Upper House Select Committee on the Feasibility of Undergrounding the Transmission Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Projects, Cate Faehrmann MLC, has condemned the Government’s commencement of compulsory acquisition processes in the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) prior to receiving planning approval for the...

2nd Strip Search Review Shows Most Police Still Breaching Basic Protocols

Woeful compliance by NSW Police with their own strip searching protocols raises even more concerns about the wellbeing of people at music festivals as the festival season kicks off this October long weekend, says Greens MP and Drug Law Reform & Harm Reduction spokesperson Cate Faehrmann.

New Upper House Committee Established to Further Investigate Underground Transmission Lines

The NSW Upper House has just voted in support of the establishment of a committee to re-examine the issue of Underground Transmission lines after the government-dominated State Development Committee’s previous report was resoundingly rejected by all non-government members and the community.

Fish Kill Report Must Force Overhaul of Water Department: Greens

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer’s finding that mass fish deaths in the Darling-Baaka River was due to the failure of existing legal environmental protections in water law not being enforced or implemented should warrant an overhaul of the NSW Water Department, says Greens MP and water spokesperson Cate Faehrmann....

Report Released into Underground Transmission Lines Inquiry Extremely Disappointing: Greens

Greens MP and infrastructure spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has labelled the NSW Upper House Inquiry into Underground Transmission Lines, which has just released its report this morning, as a pointless “tick and flick” exercise, with the government clearly having made up its mind months ago in favour of overhead transmission lines.