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Invasion Day rally on Gadigal land. Always was, always will be.
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The Greens standing for your right to be heard in Council Vote 1 Greens this Saturday for Campbelltown City Council
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Australian Unemployed Workers' Union

At only $269 per week, Newstart is $177 per week below the poverty line. It is less than 41 percent of the minimum wage, less than 18 percent of the average wag...e, and has not been raised in real terms for 23 years.

Even the Business Council of Australia has advocated to the government that the low rate of Newstart presents a barrier to employment and risks entrenching poverty.

Increasing Newstart would benefit local economies, by increasing the spending power of those on low incomes, whose extra funds would circulate through local businesses.

Given that the average time spent on Newstart is more than four years, Newstart has become a one-way ticket to poverty for many unemployed people.

Its time to raise it.

Sign the petition on the link below:
https://www.megaphone.org.au/pet…/help-us-increase-newstart…

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I'm at the beautiful Mt Annan Botanic Gardens for the Link-Up NSW Apology Commemoration.

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The program would see residents be able to offload their organic waste such as food alongside garden waste and instead of being thrown into the landfill, it would be composted.

In Bathurst, the compost is then sold on the shelves at the local Bunnings.

Greens councillor Ben Moroney brought the idea to council at last night’s meeting and is hopeful it could work in Campbelltown.

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“In Bathurst, it has significantly reduced the amount of waste going into their landfill,” he said.

In the first year of the Bathurst program, over 4000 tonnes of organic waste was kept out of landfill and turned into compost.

“We don’t have to implement it the same way they do, we could use the compost to offset council costs or sell the compost at a local retailer.

Cr Moroney believes that, if implemented, an organic waste bin program would

“People in Campbelltown are already very good at recycling, our stats are some of the best in Sydney,” he said.

“People don’t want stuff to go into landfill, I think if you asked people they don’t get particularly excited about throwing stuff into landfill.

“If you give people the option to do something really productive without asking for a significant premium or a tremendous amount of work then I think they’ll get behind it.”

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A GREEN initiative from our friends in the bush could turn Campbelltown residents’ waste into something useful.
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I said much more than this on IHAPs last night. The idea that the state government has removed our planning powers, our strategic oversight and now our DA assessment role is absurd, and to do it on grounds of "corruption" is absurd given the rank corruption that has occurred in the State government over the last few decades.

"Councillor Ben Moroney (Greens) said he had no issue with the four panel members, just the concept.

“Fundamentally, this is nothing more than a violatio...n of democracy,” he said.

“The members are not elected by the community – they do not answer to the community.”"

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Campbelltown's Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel members were officially appointed last night.
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Greens councillor Ben Moroney said public funds would already be used to construct the structure and that the community shouldn’t be forced to pay extra for a basic need.

“User pays for public infrastructure is fundamentally unfair,” he said.

“Extra parking is what’s going to be necessary for what’s coming to our region in terms of population and what we’re being told is the cost of that infrastructure is on the back of the community.”

CAMPBELLTOWN Council will oppose the introduction of paid parking at Campbelltown Hospital after the South West Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) announced the measure as part of its plan to construct a new eight-storey car park at the hospital.
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Genocide started in this country 230 years ago. It never stopped. There's no day where we can celebrate "national unity" while Aboriginal people rot in prison or die at the hands of our government.

We have to do better. We have to change the country.

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David Shoebridge

Aboriginal people out of prison, Aboriginal kids with their families, it's not enough to change the date we have to change the country.

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Community Helping Campbelltown Pound cats

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'WHO'S THERE?'

WE ARE!!!! Your precious pets (do you recognise us?) We got lost and are now needing you to come take us home! This pound is Choc-a...-Block and we need claimed asap, & our buddies we have met here need adoptions & rescues too... as a matter of fact, WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE if the pound doesn't get adoptions today

Please come in soon, we are waiting at...

The Animal Care Facility
Location: 2 Rose St (off Blaxland Rd), Campbelltown 2560
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Monday to Froday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday and public holidays: Closed
Phone: 02 4645 4790

Thank you xox

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$18 a day, to park at a public hospital. It's a public service, not a money-making exercise for the state government's bottom line.

Are nurses and cleaners going to get a $21 a week pay rise to cover this?

Profiting off sick people and their visitors is nothing short of repulsive. This is a disgrace.

C91.3FM News

The parking fees for the new 800 spot, seven storey car park at Campbelltown Hospital have been revealed. The first 15 minutes will be free, then rising by $6 an hour until the maximum charge of $18 per day. Staff will be charged $21 a week. What are your thoughts?

The housing system isn't broken. It's working exactly as designed for the people it's meant to benefit - developers and wealthy investors.

It is common to hear of the housing system in Australia being ‘broken’, or governments ‘failing’ to fix it. But the current market-driven system is no accident.... For those who profit from housing, the system is working very well.

We commissioned research into who it is that is benefiting from housing being regarded as a commodity rather than a human right. This is why we need to change the system and provide #HomesForAll

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Analysis shows richest individuals increasingly list property as only source of wealth as disadvantaged face rising housing stress
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As people attempting to work towards a safe and just society, we cannot stand by when people involved with our party hurt others. We must hear, respect and amplify the voices of those who have experienced harm, especially at the hands of those who claim to march under our banner. We must understand that the justice system more often than not fails survivors of abuse, and cannot allow its machinations to inform our own response - because that response will be neither timely nor sufficient.

We must especially not tolerate blaming survivors of assault for our actions not being good enough.

Like David, I will not be silent when our party does not do what must be done. I will not allow callous victim-blaming to be presented as the response of the party. We are better than this.

David Shoebridge

In my work as a Greens MP I have campaigned to the best of my ability to provide justice to victims of sexual assault and sexual violence. Much of this work has... been focused on institutional failings and holding to account churches, schools and other bodies who have repeatedly failed to protect children and others in their care.

I have also sought to highlight how state and federal governments continue to fail victims of violence, especially sexual violence. I have challenged Ministers, Attorneys General and Premiers whose policies have actively reduced the support given to victims of violence. I have seen how they say they care for victims but how their actions put the lie to this.

As a Greens MP when I see victims of abuse being ignored, denigrated or abused by persons in power it is my job to stand beside and support victims. So I will not be silent when I see the former Greens Leader Bob Brown writing a public letter that shows appalling disrespect to a victim of sexual abuse.

A young woman was sexually assaulted while working as a volunteer for the Greens. She told people in the party about the assault immediately. She expected the party to respond in a way that reflects our public positioning of supporting victims, having zero tolerance for sexual abuse and caring.

Instead her experience was she was marginalised. She saw the alleged assailant being treated with more respect than herself. Her needs were not prioritised. She felt the party didn’t care about her. If that is her experience then we failed her. Badly. She told her story in the Saturday Paper. I believe her.

Enter Bob Brown who wrote a public letter responding to her story. He said that: “The crime in the presence of a third person sympathetic to the victim, should have been immediately reported to the police. Inexplicably, your adult, articulate and anonymous correspondent did not do so for many months.” This is nothing short of victim blaming. There are many reasons why women who suffer sexual violence do not report to police or other authority figures. One of the main reasons is they often fear they will be blamed, questioned and end up themselves being seen as the problem rather than the assailant.

Bob Brown went further and referred to the young woman’s story as “anonymous pillorying” ignoring the fact that a young woman complaining about being sexually assaulted is 100% entitled to withhold her name from the public. This is a protective measure for a person who has already been violated. In any event while her name may not have been published in the news article it is well known to the Greens from whom she has never sought to hide her identity or seek anonymity.

There is much more I could say about Bob Brown’s response including that the only empathy he clearly expresses is for a fellow Greens elected representative rather than the young woman who was sexually assaulted.

Working with victims of child sexual abuse I have seen firsthand how the failure of institutions they had trusted added greatly to the pain they suffered from the initial abuse. Victims of sexual violence need and deserve our support. They need to be believed, respected and protected, not attacked.

I have seen church leaders try to say that their organisations had no role in addressing sexual abuse cases that that these were police matters not their business. I have seen leaders attack victims and challenge their version of events with the goal of protecting their friends and colleagues as well as their institutions. I was not silent then and will not be silent now.

To the young woman I say sorry. You deserve so much more. You deserve justice. You matter.

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It's like the Coalition heard the calls for government support and investment in manufacturing but literally aren't capable of doing anything except in the worst way possible

PM spruiks jobs for local manufacturers but Tim Costello of World Vision has previously attacked policy as ‘exporting death and profiting from bloodshed’
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One of our local group members took this video of the march for justice on Invasion Day!

Twenty thousand people came out to fill the streets to call for an end to forced removals, to deaths in custody and for a society that recognises that sovereignty was never ceded.

"We don't have the money to give train drivers a raise."

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David Shoebridge

Instead of making sure NSW train workers have decent pay and safe working conditions, the Liberals spent $2.6 million on a customer satisfaction survey.

The march packed the streets from UTS to Victoria Park. Twenty thousand people turned up to recognise the continuing injustice to the traditional custodians of this land - the overpolicing, the forced removal of children, the deaths in custody, the gap in medical standards, living conditions and education.

We cannot as a nation have justice until we accept not just what we have done to Aboriginal people, but what we are still doing.

Rallies across Australia call for date change, action on the Uluru statement and an end to ‘racist’ policies
theguardian.com

The march packed the streets from UTS to Victoria Park. Twenty thousand people turned up to recognise the continuing injustice to the traditional custodians of this land - the overpolicing, the forced removal of children, the deaths in custody, the gap in medical standards, living conditions and education.

We cannot as a nation have justice until we accept not just what we have done to Aboriginal people, but what we are still doing.

Rallies across Australia call for date change, action on the Uluru statement and an end to ‘racist’ policies
theguardian.com

The march packed the streets from UTS to Victoria Park. Twenty thousand people turned up to recognise the continuing injustice to the traditional custodians of this land - the overpolicing, the forced removal of children, the deaths in custody, the gap in medical standards, living conditions and education.

We cannot as a nation have justice until we accept not just what we have done to Aboriginal people, but what we are still doing.

Rallies across Australia call for date change, action on the Uluru statement and an end to ‘racist’ policies
theguardian.com