Building Sustainable Communities

With our population expected to increase significantly over the coming decades, NSW Labor must continue to recognise the importance of sustainable communities for all people in society.

At the forefront of this must be tackling the challenge of climate change. The Committee received a number of motions recognising the achievements of the former Federal Labor Government in legislating a price of carbon. The Committee would like to recognise the work by the former Minister for Climate Change, Greg Combet.

The Committee congratulates the position taken by the FPLP to continue supporting a market-based mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite pressure from our opponents to change position.

It is also important to note a number of motions that were received in relation to a second Sydney airport. The Committee notes the position taken by John Robertson to support a Western Sydney airport provided the following conditions are met

  • A curfew on flights the same as Kingsford Smith Airport;

  • Passenger services allow locals to use the new airport for their holidays and business trips;

  • The completion of major road and rail links before the airport opens;

  • There is community consultation including an updated Environment Impact Statement; and

  • A jobs, industry and skills development plan for Western Sydney is implemented.

It is concerning that the Abbott Government has so far failed to meet these conditions. The potential economic benefits and new jobs created by this project are essential and supported by Labor. Labor stands for jobs, growth and local communities.

The Committee has also received a number of motions from Party units expressing opposition to coal seam gas mining. The Committee recognises the work of the State Parliamentary Labor Party on this issue, in particular its call for a moratorium until an independent scientific investigation takes place.

Party Unit and Union Motions (Click to download)