Sydney Morning Herald Published May 17, 2016 - Andrew Taylor, Deputy Arts Editor
The Powerhouse Museum may not move its entire collection to Parramatta, with a senior NSW bureaucrat suggesting the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences could find a site in Sydney's CBD for fashion and design exhibitions and programs. -- Greens MP Jamie Parker said: "The documents show confusion, secrecy and contradiction in relation to the future location, continuity and purpose of the Powerhouse Museum.
"These documents reveal that the proposed sale is simply a real estate deal that will only deliver an underfunded and inferior version of the current Powerhouse," he added. "Together with the community, I remain resolved to oppose this wasteful, destructive plan."
MESSAGE TO COMMUNITY - May 12, 2016 Today the Liberal government abolished our local councils and sacked our elected Councillors. As a Councillor of Leichhardt Council from 1999 to 2011, and serving several terms as Mayor, I am so disappointed and particularly saddened for the staff and Councillors at the three inner west councils.
It is a disgraceful move which for 16 months will deny any elected, local government representation for 185,000 residents while the state government presses on with WestConnex, the Bays Precinct development and the Parramatta Road 'transformation'.
The state government has now installed in the new Inner West Council (formerly Leichhardt, Ashfield and Marrickville) an administrator who is a former senior bureaucrat from the Department of Planning. But let's not forget this is the preferred model of amalgamation which was proposed and adopted by the Labor and Liberal Councillors on these three councils.
MEDIA RELEASE - May 12, 2016 Commenting on the release of documents from the Powerhouse Museum following a GIPA request, Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain, said it exposed the government’s agenda as being a big-ticket real estate deal that will short-change museum patrons and tax-payers alike.
“The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Board of Trustees were clearly given their instructions to follow a plan-by-press release, without expert input, community consultation nor any comprehensive cultural strategy,” said Mr Parker.
MEDIA RELEASE - May 12, 2016 Commenting on the report from the ICAC inspector released today, Jamie Parker MP said that stripping ICAC of any power to hold public hearings was contrary to previous expert advice and would result in a weaker ICAC.
“If the Premier’s support for a strong ICAC is genuine, then he must reject the controversial recommendations proposed by ICAC inspector David Levine”, said Mr Parker, Greens spokesperson on anti-corruption.
MEDIA RELEASE - May 12, 2016 Greens MPs and local inner west councilors condemn Premier Baird’s forced amalgamation of Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield councils stating that this action reaffirms this government’s absolute disregard for community concerns and its ruthless program of reducing services to NSW residents.
“Make no mistake - the sacking of Councils is about cutting jobs and services. It is about removing what limited voice remains for communities to stand up to over development and to projects like WestConnex which will decimate our communities." Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain
In light of Labor’s decision to vote with the Government against the Greens corruption risk reduction bill, Jamie Parker MP said it demonstrated a lack of political will to restore community confidence in political decision-making.
The Member for Balmain, and Greens spokesperson on anti-corruption, recently introduced a private member’s bill aimed to reduce corruption in NSW by banning political donations from mining and petroleum companies. The state’s corruption watchdog, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, has previously highlighted the corruption risk faced by the mining and resource sector as it directly benefits from government decisions.
MEDIA RELEASE - May 12, 2016 Describing revelations in a Sydney Morning Herald media report about a senior manager at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority as explosive, Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain, has called for the Independent Commission Against Corruption to launch a full-scale investigation.
“Considering findings of corruption were found against a SHFA senior executive only five years ago, it is deeply troubling that a government agency with responsibility for significant assets appears to have failed to identify corrupt behaviour,” said Mr Parker.