Lee questions assistant secretary, Mr Johnston, from the Department of Environment's Wildlife, Heritage and Marine, about progress on the assessment of the Parramatta Female Factory for national heritage listing.
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:43): Margaret Henry, a wonderful community activist, sadly died in September last year. Margaret was a Newcastle transport and heritage advocate, a former Newcastle university history lecturer, a Greens councillor, an activist on big and small issues across five decades and a dedicated mother and grandmother.
The Greens have expressed dismay that their Senate motion in support of Newcastle City Council's Environmentally and Socially Responsible Investment policy was voted down today by the Coalition and Labor.
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said: "It's a shame that federal Labor have failed to back their colleagues on Newcastle City Council in their moves to update the Council's Environmentally and Socially Responsible Investment policy.
The Greens believe that the most important issue for local government in NSW is its effectiveness in providing a forum for community participation and democratic decision making by residents of local communities.
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Working to achieve recognition of local governments in the Australian constitution.
Local government is an essential part of our democracy, allowing decisions to be made at the level closest to the people concerned. Local governments are in a good position to identify and respond to the needs of their community.
The Greens are committed to achieving recognition of local governments in the Australian constitution. This would provide funding security for local councils to continue to deliver the services that people expect and deserve. The Greens are working to increasing Financial Assistance Grants. We are opposed to any further cuts to local government funding.
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