John Mackenzie Announced as Greens Candidate for Newcastle

The Greens have announced Councillor John Mackenzie as their candidate for the seat of Newcastle in the upcoming Federal election.

On his selection John said:

“Firstly, to all Greens members, thank you for the trust and confidence you have shown in me in allowing me to once again represent you at this election.

As a Councillor for the City of Newcastle, I’ve had the opportunity to stand up and represent our vision for this city. I’ve championed renewable and clean energy initiatives from the solar farm to electric vehicle infrastructure to microgrids. I’ve worked to make Newcastle a state leader in affordable housing and refugee justice. I’ve been a staunch advocate for new urbanism and appropriate development, and I’ve taken at times unpopular positions on cycleways and transport corridors to future proof our city.

As a federal member for Newcastle, my values will remain the same.

I’m standing to represent the Greens commitment to 100% renewable energy and a public transport system that will create jobs and tackle climate change.

I’m standing so that we all can access a doctor when we need one, and a dentist before we need one.

I’m standing to change the rules to give all working people the basic rights they need to improve their living standards.

I’m standing to permanently protect our precious coast from the greed of mining companies who would see it become a gas field.

I’m looking forward to campaigning for a better future for our great city, and a better future for all of us.

And I look forward to catching up with you soon.”

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The Inaugural Margaret Henry Lecture

Margaret Henry was an indefatigable campaigner for a Newcastle planned for the needs of its community. Margaret was a Greens Councillor on Newcastle City from 1995 until 2004. She was also a founder of Save Our Rail and campaigned until she could no longer appear in public to save the intercity rail line into Newcastle.
Marcus Westbury, founder of Renew Newcastle and significant figure in the “This Is Not Art” Festival, will be the featured speaker. Marcus was one of the many people Margaret encouraged and supported in their endeavours to improve the social engagement of Novocastrians.
Please come along to this memorial lecture in her honour.
This coming Wednesday in the Concert Hall, City Hall.

Book tickets here

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NSW State Election March 2019 Preselection

Newcastle Greens members Sinead Francis-Coan and Charlotte McCabe have nominated to stand for preselection for the seats of Wallsend and Newcastle (respectively) in the upcoming NSW State Election scheduled for March 2019.

The preselection ballot opens on Tuesday 21st August and closes on Friday September 7. Statements from the two candidates are attached. Ballots will be sent out on Monday 20th August.

Candidate Profiles:

  1. Sinead Francis-Coan – Click here
  2. Charlotte McCabe – Click here

For more information, please contact secretary@newcastle.nsw.greens.org.au

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Newcastle City Councillor, Dr John Mackenzie nominates to stand as the Newcastle Greens candidate for the next Federal election

I am a father, a social scientist, a community campaigner, a Councillor for the city of Newcastle and a lifelong advocate of progressive politics, social justice and environmental sustainability. I was privileged to represent the Newcastle Greens as your candidate in the 2016 Federal election, and I would welcome the opportunity to represent you again at the next election. Last year I was successfully elected as a Newcastle City Councillor. I have since served the city and the Newcastle Greens in representing the progressive movement in our region, providing a coherent voice for transformative social change, and securing positive social and environmental outcomes for our city.

Download Dr John Mackenzie´s preselection pitch here

 

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Greens Back Council’s Commitment to Ambitious Affordable Housing Program

The aggressive commitment to affordable housing by Newcastle Council has been heralded by Greens Councillor John Mackenzie as the defining achievement of this Council term to date.

“Everyone needs a home where they can feel secure, live comfortably and be part of the community,” said Councillor Mackenzie. “With so many now locked out of home ownership, we need better protections for renters, to make homes more affordable and to ensure affordable housing is available in areas with access to employment, health-care, public transport, schools and other social facilities.” Continue reading

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Removal of Pedestrian Mall in Hunter Street No Solution to Choked City

Greens Councillor John Mackenzie says a move to turn the Hunter Street pedestrian mall into a road with a higher speed limit is the consequence of planning decisions “choking the city”.

Newcastle City Council approved an “East End streetscape” plan on Tuesday night which will increase the speed limit in the mall from 10km/h to 40km/h and reinstate kerb and guttering.

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STOP SEISMIC TESTING OFF NEWCASTLE – Community Meeting

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Save the Store, Urges Greens Councillor

The facade of Newcastle’s iconic Store building should be incorporated into the state government’s proposed bus interchange, Greens councillor John Mackenzie says.

Cr Mackenzie will urge Newcastle councillors to back him at a city council meeting on Tuesday.

Cr Mackenzie wants the Store’s front to be part of a “hybrid design”, with Transport for NSW’s planned bus interchange.

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Newcastle Council Bans the Bag to End Plastic Pollution

Newcastle Council has joined the national Ban the Bag campaign, joining forces with other Councils around NSW calling on the state government to implement a ban on single use plastic shopping bags.

Greens Councillor John Mackenzie argued that it was necessary Council to demonstrate leadership on the issue of plastic pollution, given that New South Wales is now the only state in Australia that has not committed to a ban on plastic bags. Continue reading

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Greens commit to improving rental security for Newcastle

MEDIA RELEASE – 5 April, 2017

NSW Greens Housing spokesperson, Jenny Leong MP says that ending ‘no grounds’ evictions in NSW is a simple reform that will provide much needed security for renters in Newcastle, Port Stephens, the Hunter and across the state.

The Greens are kicking off a campaign to end ‘no grounds’ evictions with the launch of the rentersrights.org.au website.

“Many renters live in fear of being thrown out of their home, even when they pay rent on time and look after the property.  These laws are unfair and out of date,” Ms Leong said.

“The review of NSW rental laws that is currently underway offers an opportunity to give renters more security and stability. Ending no grounds evictions is an immediate step that can be taken to help renters throughout this state.

“The Newcastle electorate has a very high proportion of renters, with 38% of dwellings occupied by tenants according to the most recent census data.  This is one of the densest areas for renters outside inner Sydney, ranking 10th in NSW.

“In the neighbouring electorate of Port Stephens, 27% of households rent, and in the Upper Hunter it’s 28%.

“No grounds evictions allow landlords to evict good tenants with just 90 days notice on a rolling lease and just 30 days notice at the end of a lease – without giving any reason at all.

“Renters in most other OECD countries can live secure lives, knowing that they can put their kids through the local school while living in a rented family home, or retire without the threat of eviction hanging over their head.

“But in NSW, dodgy landlords can use ‘no grounds’ evictions as a loophole to kick out tenants if they ask for repairs, if they want to unreasonably increase the rent, or for no reason whatsoever.

“Low- and middle-income people increasingly can’t afford to buy homes.  Long-term renting is a reality for many but our laws in NSW do not make it a secure option for people.

“In the Hunter, the boom and bust of the mining cycle has affected whole communities.  When work is plentiful, homes are in short supply, and rents skyrocket.  Long term tenants can be evicted by greedy landlords who want to double or triple the rent.

“Newcastle, like most Australian cities has seen house prices increase sharply.  For anyone on the minimum wage, the median house price in Newcastle of $975,000 is firmly out of reach.

“Even more affordable suburbs like Stockton are now out of reach for low paid working families, where the average house price has reached $620,000.

“Because ordinary working people can no longer afford to buy a home, more and more people are becoming lifelong renters.  There are more families with children living in rental homes than ever before. We need to ensure that renters can put down roots and contribute to their communities without the threat of eviction hanging over their heads,” she said.

BACKGROUND:

A review of the NSW Residential Tenancies Act 2010 is underway, with proposed reforms from the Government expected soon. Through the review process, The Greens have proposed a number of reforms <http://www.jennyleong.org/greens_rental_law_reform_campaign> to provide increased stability, security and choice for renters, and to improve standards for rental properties.

In February 2017, a study co-authored by CHOICE, the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations and National Shelter, titled Unsettled: Life in Australia’s private rental market<https://www.choice.com.au/money/property/renting/articles/choice-rental-market-report>, found that 83% of renters in Australia have no fixed-term lease or are on a lease less than 12 months long, and 62% feel they’re not in a position to ask for longer term rental security.

The Greens have launched rentersrights.org.au<http://www.rentersrights.org.au/no_grounds_evictions>, a campaign hub and online resource for renters.

Rental statistics for each NSW electorate are available at the NSW Parliamentary Research Service paper NSW Electorate Profiles: 2013 Redistribution<https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/researchpapers/Documents/nsw-electorate-profiles-2013-redistribution/NSW%20Electorate%20Profiles%20-%202013%20Redistribution.pdf>.

Jenny Leong MP

Member for Newtown

383 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042

Phone: 02 9517 2800 | Fax: 02 9517  2200

Website <http://www.jennyleong.org/> | Facebook <https://facebook.com/greens.jennyleong> | Twitter <https://twitter.com/jennyleong>

Our office is on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge their ownership of this land and pay our respects to past, present and emerging elders.

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#cantstandby – Ending Migrant Detention in Australia

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For more information https://www.facebook.com/events/137535673409718/

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End Domestic Violence Against Women

John Mackenzie DV

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Newcastle To Get Lion’s Share of Transition Funding under Greens Plan

Newcastle and the Hunter Valley will be eligible for a major share of $250 million in upfront investment to support and assist coal workers and coal communities to manage the transition to a low carbon future under a plan announced by the Greens today.

According to Newcastle Greens candidate John Mackenzie, the Greens’ Renew Australia policy to provide 90% of our nation’s energy needs from clean, renewable sources by 2030 includes establishing a Clean Energy Transition Fund to limit the risk and exposure of workers and communities dependent on carbon-intensive industries like coal mining. Continue reading

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After The Apology screening in Newcastle

Hosted by Newcastle Greens and David Shoebridge

18 April at 18:30–21:00

The Royal Exchange

34 Bolton St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300

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Hunter Regional Greens Training

HUNTER REGIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM

Pachamama, 21 Gordon Ave, Hamilton, Newcastle

18 February 2018

For more details see here

To Register go to https://contact-nsw.greens.org.au/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=3802

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