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Country Labor Dialogue - September 2012

Country Labor Dialogue - September 2012

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Co LbodLo
COECTI COTR COMMITIES – SEPT 2012
Rebuilding Together:Local overnment
Thank you to the many volunteers who spentcountless hours campaigning around SW.
 These elections were another step in our rebuild as a Party,and produced some outstanding results for Country Labor.Jenny Dowell was re-elected Mayor of Lismore with morethan 53% of the primary vote. Bob Pynsent won back theMayoralty of Cessnock for County Labor, ghting off 9other candidates.In Broken Hill Council we increased our representationto 4 Labor councillors.In Palerang and Tweed councils, Country Laborendorsed candidates for the rst time in manyelections and picked up a Councillor in both.In Wingecarribee and Great Lakes our LaborCouncillors were re-elected.In Queanbeyan, Maitland and Lithgow CountryLabor ran a strong campaign with a newgeneration of candidates who ensured wemaintained our Labor representation. The results are still unclear in Albury, WaggaWagga, Ballina, Coffs Harbour and PortMacquarie, but thank you to our locals ran strongcampaigns, building our local credibility.Congratulations also to the number of otherCountry Labor members who were electedwithout Party endorsement around NSW.
Congratulations to the many Country Labor memberswho stood as candidates in the local government elections on Saturday 8 September.
 
The O’Farrell Stoner overnment’sstrategic regional land use policy is aresounding departure rom their pre-election commitments to the peopleo SW – and ails to declare any parto the State o limits to mining or coalseam gas drilling.
THE POLIC HADED DOWTODA B THE O’FARRELLSTOER OERMET:
Liftsthemoratoriumonfracking;Failstoringfenceprimeagriculturallandfromminingandcoalseamgas;Givesnoprotectiontoimportantconservationlandsfromminingandcoalseamgas;Givesthegreenlighttominingandcoalseamgasinwatercatchmentareas;andFailstobanevaporationpondsforcoalseamgaswastewater,andinsteadrenamesthemas‘temporaryholdingponds’thatwillbeallowedtogoahead.
“TheLiberalsandNationalsaretryingtoswindlethepeopleofNSWwithapolicythatdoesnothingtoprotectprimeagriculturalland,highvalueconservationlandandwaterresourcesfromminingandcoalseamgas,”
Shadow Planning Minister, Linda Burney said.
NotonehectareofNSWisofflimitstominingandcoalseamgasdrillingundertheO’FarrellStonerGovernment,contrarytotheirpre-electionpromiseofnogoareas.FarmershaveeveryrighttobefuriouswiththeLiberalsandNationalsforlettingthemdown.Thegovernmenthascreatedmapafter
map, but failed to protect high valueconservation land from mining and coalseam gas.
ew Hunter Expressway 20-year vision continuesto take shape
Minister or Inrastructure Anthony Albanese joined Hunter MPJoel Fitzgibbon and Cessnock MP Clayton Barr onsite to inspectprogress on the construction o the $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway.
 Almost two years to the day since work started on this massive roadproject and despite the engineering challenges involved it is running ontime and on budget.Once completed in 2013, the new Expressway will cut travel timesbetween Newcastle and Branxton by 30 minutes and take up to 30,000vehicles a day off the New England Highway and away from the towns of  Thornton, Maitland and Rutherford. All up, infrastructure investment in NSW has more than doubled underFederal Labor from $132 to $269 per person. We’re providing a record$11.8 billion over the life of our current
 
Nation Building Program
torenew the State’s road and rail infrastructure.
o areaso limitsto mining & coalseam gas in nsw
 
Infras truc tureMinis ter  A n thon y  A lbanese, Hun terMP JoelFi tzgibbon andCessnocMP Cla y ton Barrinspec t the progress of  the Hun terExpresswa y.
Regional motor registriesto be closed
Roads Minister Duncan ay has conrmed theO’Farrell overnment will close motor registriesas part o its cuts to rontline services.
 This will make it tougher for residents of regional NSW to registervehicles, sit driving tests or renew their licenses.“The Minister needs to immediately come clean on which motorregistries will close – and which regional communities will be left outin the cold,” Shadow Minister for Roads Robert Furolo said. The O’Farrell Government is gouging $180 million extra a year fromraising nes and installing record numbers of speed cameras – andthen offering regional NSW a substandard motor registry service. TheGovernment’s closure of motor registries will have a serious impacton regional communities – causing longer queues and massiveinconvenience.
 
Minister predictshorror re season
barry o’Farrell is cutting 120 js rm the ural Fire Service(FS) at the same time theMinister r mergency Serviceshas preicte a hrrr freseasn acrss SW.
The cuts are revealed in an emailfrom RFS Commissioner ShaneFitzsimmons who has describedthe cuts as “unprecedented”.Opposition Leader John Robertsonhas called on Barry O’Farrell tostop the cuts in the interests oflocal communities under threatfrom bushres.“These cuts will make it harder for the RFS to ght what is expectedto be a horror re season – withserious consequences, especiallyfor people who live in or aroundbushland areas,” said JohnRobertson.This is the worst time to be makingcuts and restructuring the RFS,with high fuel loads and forecasthot dry weather expected tocombine this summer – increasingthe risk of bush res.“Cutting jobs from the RFS isdangerous, irresponsible and goesagainst everything Barry O’Farrellpromised when he became Premier.To make matters worse, theNational Party which should beup in arms about these cuts, havegone completely silent,” saidSteve Whan MLC.The cuts in the RFS come on topof up to 300 re-ghters from theNSW Fire Brigade expected to losetheir jobs over the next four years.
 $1.7 billion in cutsto schools and Tae
The O’Farrell overnment hasdeclared war on educationin SW – with $1.7 billion inunprecedented unding andstang cuts to public schools,Catholic schools, independentschools and TAFE colleges.
  This is the biggest attack oneducation in NSW in more than20 years. Every student, parent,teacher and school community inNSW will suffer because of thesedevastating funding cuts.Class sizes, school fees andstandards in the classroom will allbe affected by these cuts. Cutsof this magnitude will have animpact on education in NSW forgenerations to come. The O’Farrell Government hasannounced:$1.7 billion to be cut frompublic schools, Catholicschools, independent schoolsand TAFE colleges;1800 teachers, TAFE teachersand support staff to be sacked; TAFE fees to increase by 9.5%;andThe government will stopsubsidising certain TAFEcourses.
 
OF arrell l aunches bigges t  a t t ac On educ a tiOn in 20  ye ars
OF arrell  a Xes 120  JObs FrOM  the rur al Fire ser Vice
Schools and  T A FEs in NS Ware under a t tac fromthe O’FarrellGovernmen t.

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