The Greens have introduced a Bill into State Parliament to allow local councils to take over vacant land for temporary public use in situations where the owner is unable or unwilling to develop the site.
A dangerous gas extraction technique responsible for Queensland's biggest ever environmental pollution incident is set to be approved in South Australia, according to Mark Parnell MLC, Greens SA Parliamentary Leader.
The Upper House of State Parliament voted last night to support Greens’ amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, but without Government support, the culture of secrecy that has plagued South Australia for years, is set to continue, according to Greens MLC, Mark Parnell.
South Australians are poorly served by a State Parliament in desperate need of reform to make it more accountable, according to Green SA Parliamentary Leader, Mark Parnell MLC.
The first Liberal State Budget in 16 years is a predictable piece of work that takes the axe to public servants, ignores the environment, cuts services to those who most need them and keeps the big end of town happy. There’ll be plenty of ribbons for Ministers to cut but the harshest cuts are reserved for programs that help reduce climate change, help reduce crime and help low income families to make ends meet. Thousands of public servants are facing forced redundancies.
With a majority of State Parliament’s Upper House now committed to opposing rate capping for local councils, attention should now focus on improving accountability for rate spending, according to Greens MLC, Mark Parnell.