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  • Resumption of ICAC Probe into Newcastle Underlies Need for Parliamentary Inquiry into Cutting Newcastle Rail Line

    Greens MP and NSW Spokesperson for Transport, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called on the parliament to support her motion to establish a parliamentary inquiry into the cutting of the Newcastle rail line, which appears to only benefit property developers. Operation Spicer, the ICAC investigation into alleged corruption, will resume in August with a focus on Newcastle.

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  • Government Opal Card Selling Strategy Makes No Transport Sense

    Greens MP and NSW Spokesperson for Transport, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has criticised the Government's policy of not allowing Opal Cards to be sold at station windows as undermining integrated transport and ticketing and a move towards further privatisation of public transport.

    Dr Faruqi said:

    "We now have an absurd situation where Sydney Trains staff are unable to sell Opal Cards from ticket windows, which undermines the very essence of making ticketing easy.

  • Government toughens rules for older jobseekers as Newstart numbers spike

    More than 200,000 Australians aged over 50 are receiving Newstart Allowance, according to figures provided to the Australian Greens through Senate Estimates.

    "There has been an increase of 24,000 in the number of people aged over 50 receiving Newstart Allowance in the past year," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

  • Greens call for Abbott Government to abandon Work for the Dole

    The Australian Greens have called on the Abbott Government to re-think its Work for the Dole changes, amid serious concerns about the policy.

    "The Government is more interested in punishing job seekers than helping people into work, and their expansion of Work for the Dole is more evidence of that," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

  • Greens commend Charles Sturt Council’s vote to support young refugees

    Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison will be hearing from the Charles Sturt Council in South Australia after they voted last night to call for the return of two refugee students who were rounded up and taken to a Darwin detention centre a month ago.

    "I congratulate these councillors who are standing up for their community," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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