Kingsford Smith: Greens release how to vote card

kingsford-smith-how-to-vote-2013-thumbnailThe Greens have released the how-to-vote card to be used in the seat of Kingsford Smith for the federal election on the 7th September 2013.

Viewers are welcome to download it.

NSW Liqour Act review: Coles and Woolworths push for greater promotional discounting of alcohol

Coles and Woolies are under fire from Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson.

The retailers are pushing the State Government to wind back proposed promotional restrictions on alcohol discounting.

Councillor Matson is putting forward a motion calling for a Randwick City Council submission to the Government’s review of the Alcohol Act.

He represents East Ward on the Council, which includes Coogee Beach were residents are wary of greater alcohol promotion initiatives.

For background see:‘Government bows to liquor industry on discounts’, Sun Herald, 14 July, pages 1 and 4

Kingsford Smith election news – Greens to Promote New Bike Path and Light Rail Projects

The site of the upgraded Alison road bike path was visited by Greens Senate candidate Cate Faehrmann at 1pm this Saturday.

She used this Greens supported initiative to highlight the positive public transport initiatives of the Greens and their candidate James Macdonald in Kingsford Smith

Ms Faehrmann outlined The Australian Greens transport policy “Sustainable Planning and Transport” to eastern suburbs bike riders at the recently upgraded Alison Road bike path.

With her was James Macdonald, Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson and local bike riding activist Mora Main.

It was Ms Main who had invited the senate candidate to Randwick in order to show how public transport enthusiasts could work with Green politicians for productive outcomes.

She gave the example of how she herself had lobbied Councillor Matson urging him to ensure that the Alison bike path upgrade was actually made wide enough to safely accommodate riders. Councillor Matson had responded by bringing her submissions to the attention of his Council to ensure that the path’s planned upgrade maximized its bike riding capacity.

The successful outcome has fired up the two Green election candidates to bring their party’s transport solutions to the attention of Kingsford Smith voters.

Kingsford Smith candidate James Macdonald wants to build on light rail and bike initiatives promoted by the Greens on Randwick City Council. He said,

“Randwick’s Green Councillors have over the years pushed for both the return of light rail to Randwick and an expansion of bike infrastructure, such as the widened bike path we stand near today. This year for example has seen Councillors Murray Matson and Lindsay Shurey putting up a motion seeking to mesh bike infrastructure into the CBD to Kingsford light rail when it is built to achieve an integrated alternative transport system.  If elected I will be seeking Federal funding for a further light rail extension from Kingsford to Marourba Junction. Along with this I will also be pushing for a feasibility study into a possible line to Green Square, either off the Randwick line or directly from the CBD.”

Ms Faehrmann quoted the Australian Greens Policy which wants “more high quality footpaths, bike paths and lanes to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use.”

“Greens in the Senate have runs on the board having secured funding for cycling infrastructure in NSW as part of the stimulus package,” she said.

“But more investment is needed if we are to provide a strong incentive for people to choose cycling over other forms of travel,” she concluded.

Kingsford Smith: James Macdonald ready as Rudd calls 2013 election

The Greens in Kingsford Smith have welcomed the announcement of the September 7th federal election.

Candidate James Macdonald said the Greens are offering a unique alternative to the “increasingly synchronized” policies of the major parties. He said on the weekend,

“The Greens have a positive and constructive vision for the nation, and we’re eager to put that to the Australian people. We stand for a sustainable and fair economy, for sanity in our refugee policy, and for fully-funded universities open to all Australians.”

“I believe that Australians are sick of the race to the bottom seen by the major parties. Whether it’s the savage cuts to sole-parent welfare or the unhinged calls to militarize the borders, there is a deeply concerning shift to appeal to the worst in human nature. I believe Australians will reject this negativity when it matters most.”

Mr Macdonald drew specific attention to his party’s calls for:

  • A national report card for development targets and building standards to promote Australia’s progress towards its ecological sustainability goals;
  • Planned investment to upgrade rail corridors between major cities and regional centres including east coast high speed rail;
  • Industrial tribunals with full powers to make orders to give effect to gender pay equity;
  • Nationally consistent industrial manslaughter laws and a minimum standard for pay, annual leave and hours of work;
  • Reform in childcare to ensure improved affordability of childcare for low and middle income families, including parents and carers who are studying;
  • A strategic plan for sustainable agriculture to deliver adequate, safe and nutritious food;
  • Re-establishment of the federal Office for the Status of Women, including its position as part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • Urban developments to be environmentally sound, close to employment and public transport, and which should facilitate community interaction; and
  • Signing and ratifying the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003.

CDL: Greens push at local and federal level for a refundable deposit on containers. 26th July 2013

Randwick City Council will use its website social media buttons to actively lobby the NSW State and Federal Governments to bring in a national Container Deposit Scheme.

The decision comes ahead of the expected consideration by state and federal environment ministers of a final report into how such a scheme could be structured.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson who put the suggestion to last night’s Council, said today,

Debate on a national container deposit scheme based on legislation should surely be a federal election issue given the positive response every year to Clean Up Australia day events across the nation. It astounds me that neither the Prime Minister nor the leader of the opposition have twigged that the general community wants them to take an assertive stance against the packaging industries rubbishing of our environment.”

James Macdonald, the Greens candidate for Kingsford Smith has challenged the Labor and Liberal parties to make Container Deposit Legislation (CDL) an immediate priority. He said,

Federal legislation is a good first step to address the nationwide issue of packaging waste. South Australia’s scheme has achieved recycle rates of 84% on consumed drink containers, and there’s no reason we can’t have a similarly effective, nationwide program. The packaging industry has shown too much inertia for this issue to be left to market forces. If both major parties were serious about addressing waste, CDL would be an immediate priority. I call on them to clarify their positions on the issue.”

25th July 2013: Randwick Council response to new Sydney Airport Masterplan 2033

Randwick City Council will investigate the ramifications resulting from any changes to the ANEF (noise) contour map proposed under the draft Sydney airport master plan.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson initiated the assessment via a motion to last Tuesday night’s council meeting.

He drew attention to a possible noise increase for Coogee residents. He said this week,

“The draft Masterplan claims that modern jet planes are now much quieter than previous versions, which is reassuring. But a member of the community has drawn my attention to a noise contour map in one section of the plan that suggests that the number of high noise events over Coogee will actually increase over the 2011 figures.”

A figure in the draft plan appears to indicate that there will be be an expansion further eastwards into Coogee of a particular contour line. He elaborated,

“I understand that a noise reading of 70 decibels is the level which interferes with phone conversations and TV watching. This stress line is represented on the map as an ‘N70’ contour line. This contour line seems to expand further east over Coogee than what is indicated for 2011.”

Councillor Matson believes that the draft plan is indicating that occasions in which residents experience high noise levels could more than double by 2033. He said,

“There were ten to twenty incidents per day greater than 70db in 2011 with twenty to fifty expected in 2033. This predicted increase in stress worries me enough to want the Council to get the full facts of what Coogee residents can actually expect from aircraft noise in 2033.”


(Source figure Figure 14.11 Master Plan Section 14 – noise management.

Please note that 2011 year N70 contour lines are indicated on figure 14.11 as thick black lines. Where as the 2033 contours are indicated by belts of color shading. This can make comparing the years a little puzzling until you understand it.

30th April 2013: Kingsford Smith candidate announced by Greens for 2013 Federal election

The Greens have preselected 24-year-old data analyst James Macdonald as their 2013 Federal Election candidate for Kingsford Smith.

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30th March 2013: Adult Bookshops Maybe Near Randwick Schools Under Inglis Stables Proposal

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson says adult bookshops maybe allowed near three local Randwick schools under a State Government pushed rezoning proposal.

The eastern suburbs Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) is to assess a proposal that registered clubs and restricted premises should be allowed in Barker Street Randwick. Read more.

1st March 2013: Calls for independent mercury testing around Orica

Greens Councillor Murray Matson of Randwick City Council is calling for a fresh round of independent testing for mercury contamination around the Orica site in Botany.

The considered extent of possible mercury contamination around Orica’s Botany plant includes an area of Randwick City Council lying east of Bunnerong Road between Fitzgerald and Wassell street. Read more.

28th February 2013: Randwick City Council supports marriage equality

Greens motion by Councillor Murray Matson sees Randwick City Council supporting marriage equality legislation for Australia.

The Council’s new position will be a boost for an intended bill by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young to bring about marriage equality in Australia as a response to recent UK legislation.

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