Published September 15, 2015 - Jacob Saulwick, SMH
Councils across NSW are finally being invited to have their say on the adequacy of regulation surrounding short-term rental accommodation, such as that facilitated by Airbnb. -- Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker said he had asked Planning Minister Rob Stokes to push for an inquiry.
Mr JAMIE PARKER (Balmain) [12.46 p.m.]: A few weeks ago, on the steps of this historic Parliament House, I accepted a petition of more than 10,000 signatures calling for the Parramatta Female Factory to be nominated for UNESCO World Heritage listing and for the site to be managed in line with the Burra Charter. The Parramatta Female Factory, built between 1818 and 1821, is Australia's oldest existing female convict establishment and rivals Tasmania's Port Arthur in its heritage significance. The State of Tasmania has protected and enhanced Port Arthur, showcasing its heritage values and social history to the benefit of public knowledge and State tourism. The Cumberland Hospital precinct, which includes the Parramatta Female Factory, deserves the same protection and investment.
MEDIA RELEASE - September 8, 2015 Five months after a High Court ruling jeopardised a number of high-profile corruption findings, the NSW Premier has introduced on Tuesday new legislation to confirm the powers of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
“It is clear that the ICAC retains strong public support in NSW and this legislation to define and restore ICAC’s powers could not be further delayed,” said Greens NSW anti-corruption spokesperson, Jamie Parker MP.
Speaking during a visit to Newcastle on Friday, Greens spokesperson for urban growth, Jamie Parker MP, said the differences between the consultation process for the Newcastle transformation project and Sydney’s Bays Precinct project were startling.
“Over the past twelve months in relation to Bays Precinct, I have personally attended a number of discovery days, workshops, forums and most significantly, an international summit held over two days with urban transformation specialists from around Australia and overseas,” said Mr Parker.
“The Premier even set the scene by declaring Bays Precinct a “complete and utter blank canvas”.
“Yet the consultation process undertaken by UrbanGrowth NSW for their Newcastle project seems to be more about forcing through a predetermined plan to tear up the intercity rail to benefit developers.
Parliament on Thursday backed the Member for Balmain’s motion* about Bays Precinct with consensus support from MPs of all political stripes.
“Bays Precinct is a matter of serious interest and concern for many people in my electorate, and has been for more than a decade,” said Jamie Parker MP, Greens spokesperson on Urban Growth.
“I am encouraged by the unanimous agreement from government, opposition and independent members of parliament. I wanted all MPs to be aware of the significance of this large area of publicly owned land, as well as committing to a number of key principles in the long-term public interest.