Greens MP Jamie Parker has called for an urgent review of the laws against electoral corruption in the wake of the ICAC’s report into Operation Spicer.
The ICAC report has exposed prohibited donations, fund channelling and non-disclosures in the run up to the Liberal Party’s State election campaign in 2011. A number of individuals have been found to have acted with the intention of evading laws relating to political donations. The report also found that the Free Enterprise Foundation was used to channel donations to the Liberal Party for its State election campaign, disguising the true identity of the donors.
On Monday, The Greens Member for Balmain Jamie Parker visited Fairfield with Mayoral candidate Bill Cashman, calling for a ban on property developers in council. “We have this ridiculous situation where it’s illegal in this state for developers to make a donation, but a developer can be Mayor of this council, and a councillor of this council,” Mr Parker said.
Many if not most of the people capable of creating the change we need in Sydney’s built environment – in affordable and social housing, better infrastructure, value capture, and more sustainable cities – were in the same room on Thursday for the Built Environment Meets Parliament conference.
INNER West Council has backflipped on an unpopular plan to cut parking permits for Balmain Public School teachers.
Teachers may have had to move their cars several times during the working day if the council’s decision to reduce the number of parking permits from 18 to six was not overturned. Council has backflipped on plans to limit the number of permits for school workers.
“It was a completely arbitrary decision.” Jamie Parker
People who are experiencing threats to their life, health or safety because of domestic violence will have more options to seek help and protection following the launch of the Safer Pathway initiative in the inner west.
A new proposal to overhaul refuges and rebuild them as clusters of self-contained units to shelter women and their children has been put to the Baird government as a "common sense" solution to one of the biggest issues facing domestic violence victims: housing.
It has the backing of Guy and Jules Sebastian's charitable foundation, which has pledged to furnish bedrooms and lounge rooms, install kitchens with partner Freedom Kitchens, and offer building assistance on one refuge – if the Baird government funds construction costs for a pilot project.