Monday 25th of January 2021

the koalas are getting confused...


Premier Gladys Berejiklian has dumped upper house Liberal Catherine Cusack from her role as a parliamentary secretary and announced plans to reverse changes to a key koala planning policy after the upper house MP voted against a government land bill.

The plan to "revert to operations" under the former so-called state environmental planning policy 44 by the end of November followed Thursday's defeat on Ms Cusack's vote of intended changes to a related Local Land Services Bill.

Ms Cusack's decision to divert the Land Services Bill to an upper house committee headed by Greens MP Cate Faehrmann prompted an evening partyroom gathering of Nationals MPs angry that a bill that would have given farmers greater rights to clear land had been blocked.

"Our farmers deserve certainty and they do not deserve to be held to ransom by a Greens-controlled inquiry," Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro said in a joint statement issued on Thursday evening.

"[We] have agreed the NSW government will revert to operations under the former SEPP 44 by the end of the month and in the new year we will develop a policy to protect koalas and the interests of farmers," it said.

Ms Cusack's vote was crucial in blocking the bill, which went down 18-19. The move, in effect, prevented that bill's passage until well into 2021.

Following the vote on Thursday, Ms Berejiklian released a separate statement saying she had removed Ms Cusack as the parliamentary secretary for the cost of living.

"Following her decision today to move a non-government amendment to a government bill, I have made the decision to immediately remove Ms Catherine Cusack as a Parliamentary Secretary," the premier said.

It is the second time Ms Cusack has lost her role as parliamentary secretary. She resigned as parliamentary secretary for education and the Hunter in 2017 after sending Ms Berejklian a nine-page letter criticising members of her cabinet.

The koala planning policy issue threatened to split the Coalition in September, with National MPs arguing the changes went too far and limited how farmers could use their land.


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one could start to feel sorry for daryl...

Looking at the incessant rigmarole from this incompetent (and nasty to heritage buildings) government lead by that (annoying) woman (who should have resigned), one coud start to feel sorry for Daryl Maguire as he fell for the lust of Gladys... Who knows, we might get to hear his version of event, one day... Meanwhile:


Why are heritage-listed buildings treated with such contempt by our unimaginative ministers? The power station may look ugly to Treasurer Dominic Perrottet but it could become a lively destination. Eveleigh Carriageworks and Cockatoo Island are great examples of creative conversions. It’s time our politicians gave more consideration to what constitutes a great city. It’s not more roads, ever taller buildings and certainly not a phallic casino which gobbles up precious harbourside space.

Ingrid Haydon, Long Jetty

Another gross error of judgment by the government. We have already seen the threats to the Powerhouse, Sirius and Willow Grove. The power station is suitable for adaptive reuse, like the Tate Modern in London. But to the Treasurer, its just another cash cow opportunity for developers.

Jan Wilson, Glebe


The decommissioned power station once fed the largest metropolitan tramway network in the southern hemisphere. As with London’s Battersea power station, White Bay’s turbine halls and stacks visually enhance the inner west skyline like a ‘‘cathedral of industry’’. From a technological angle, it’s the only intact utility of its type left in the state. That Arthur Stace, Sydney’s ‘‘Mr Eternity’’, was born in its shadow adds to the site’s historical significance. Demolition was always going to be the hidden agenda of the superficial philistines we have in government.

John Williams, Balmain


Why do I get a feeling that the state government is being steered by sharp spivs and urgers? Now the leading characters in this continuing farce are gambolling over the power station. They smugly diminish the social worth and our city’s history by calling it a ‘‘rave cave’’. This trio dismiss proposals from leading architects to restore this magnificent early 20th century industrial building and create the perfect gateway precinct to White Bay. Despite being included on the NSW Heritage Register in 2006, nothing appears to be safe from this government of tunnels and tax. Limited by imagination, short on vision. Despite their recent travails, there is an increasing arrogance to this wrecking crew.

Rob Asser, Balmain



SMH 20/11/2020



See also: the libs are toxic... in the nasty bastards who see history in the way of their new toys, are at it again...



The controversial koala bill that previously threatened to split the NSW Coalition has been scrapped.

Just months ago, the policy jeopardised the unity of the Coalition when Nationals leader John Barilaro threatened to move to the crossbench, claiming the new protections went “too far” in favour of koalas.

Rather than have the bill examined by a parliamentary inquiry, the government made the snap decision on Thursday night to dump the legislation altogether.

This follows more than six months of negotiations between Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Mr Barilaro to find a balance between koala protection and land rights.

During debate in the NSW Upper House, a vote was put forward to refer the koala bill to a committee which triggers a parliamentary inquiry.

Liberal MP Catherine Cusack crossed the floor and voted with Labor, the Greens, the Animal Justice Party and Independent Justin Field in favour of the inquiry.

Ms Cusack’s vote was the decider, leaving the Liberals, Nationals, Fred Nile and One Nation one vote short.

The ABC understands Ms Berejiklian personally tried to persuade Ms Cusack from voting against the government, but ultimately failed.

Ms Cusack was subsequently sacked as parliamentary secretary.

“Following her decision today to move a non-government amendment to a government bill, I have made the decision to immediately remove Ms Catherine Cusack as a parliamentary secretary,” Ms Berejiklian said afterwards.



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La madam Gladys does not like dissent... Read from top. Poor Daryl...

the koalas problem to vanish by destroying them...


Yet here in Australia, we’re witnessing a different kind of reign of terror, narcissism and corruption hidden in spin and contradictions. A hard-hitting, objective Fourth Estate would be calling for charges of crimes against nature to be laid at the doorsteps of the Morrison and Berejiklian Governments.    

Our wildlife is being wiped out. The Morrison and Berejiklian Governments are actively destroying Australia’s wildlife heritage.

In NSW, the latest extinction plan is focused on Campbelltown koalas, a population whose habitat spreads across the Greater Macarthur Growth Area, destined to be a huge metropolis.

The largest surviving disease-free population remaining in the state has resulted in massive efforts by the community to ensure their survival.   

Community angst has been focused on LendLease’s project to build a new 1,700 housing estate at Mt Gilead.

As a result of the ongoing outrage, demonstrations, submissions and protests, in December 2019, Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean and Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes requested advice on the protection of the Campbelltown koala population from the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, specifically:

  • the adequacy of the proposed measures for koala conservation proposed by property group Lendlease on land referred to as Mt Gilead Stage Two;
  • the consistency of these measures with the NSW Koala strategy;
  • what, if any, additional conservation measures are considered necessary;
  • what, if any, site-specific measures for koala species should be incorporated into the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan for the Greater Macarthur Growth Area to support the long-term viability of the koala population; and
  • whether east-west corridors linking the Nepean and Georges Rivers can contribute to the conservation of the Campbelltown koala population and, if so, which east-west corridors and what measures should be taken to ensure their effectiveness.

An Independent Expert Panel was established to provide the advice. Several members of the panel had been appointed to previous “independent panels”.

The majority of the members has previously been appointed to the NSW Koala Strategy expert panel in 2018.

The appointees included:

  • Dr Kathy Belov, Professor comparative genomics at Sydney University. Her major focus is on the Tasmanian devil. Professor Belov is a NSW Koala Expert Panel member. Belov’s statement on her appointment to the NSW Koala Strategy expert panel indicated her concerns: ‘I particularly welcome the opportunity to develop veterinary training courses in partnership with agencies including Taronga Zoo’;
  • Professor Jonathan Rhodes, University of Queensland, a member of the NSW Koala Strategy Expert Panel stated: ‘This Strategy provides an important starting point and I look forward to seeing future development of the strategy that ensures the long term stabilisation and increase in koala population in New South Wales’;
  • Dr Chris Armstrong, PhD in Chemistry is the Deputy Chief Scientist and Engineer, a member of the NSW Koala Strategy Expert Panel and leader of the report on Campbelltown koalas; and
  • Dr Carolyn Hogg, University of Sydney. Dr Hogg’s focus according to the University website is: ‘developing better tools and technologies to integrated molecular genetics into real-time conservation management decisions.’

Armstrong, Belov and Rhodes serve as Expert Advisory Panel members for the NSW Koala Strategy.



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rules are meant to be broken...

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has admitted she should have self-isolated and cancelled meetings after having a coronavirus test last week.

Key points:

  • Gladys Berejiklian had a rapid COVID-19 test in her office last Tuesday
  • Last night the Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park questioned how the Premier could isolate in her office
  • Ms Berejiklian said she had no COVID-19 symptoms and got tested only as a precaution

After months of urging the people of NSW to "do the right thing" the Premier has conceded to breaking her own rules about isolating.

Ms Berejiklian got a COVID-19 test in her parliamentary office on State Budget day last Tuesday, but continued to meet with colleagues while waiting for the results.

She said she had started to lose her voice and decided to have the test out of an "abundance of caution".

A negative result was returned in around two hours.

However, last night the Opposition questioned whether the Premier should have had contact with colleagues while waiting for her results.

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May Gladys resign in peace... She's done enough damage to this State...