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"When Joe Hockey said this week that if the seat of North Sydney was lost in the election, he would rather it was won by Labor than an independent, he wasn’t joking.

Interviewed on ABC Radio, the former Liberal treasurer said the Liberal Party was “at serious risk” of losing the seat, and added that it was much harder to win a seat back from an independent than the opposing side.

He’s right. The success of Cathy McGowan in Indi shows that when an independent wins they usually hang on to it. Zali Steggall, who rid us of Tony Abbott in 2019, is also on track to keep her seat of Warringah".

By Margot Saville for Crikey. Read the article in full here. 

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Change of national enviro law put off, as Dutton warns of 'death of mining'

April 16, 2024

Canberra Times, 16 April 2024

The Albanese government's long-awaited response to the Samuel Review has been criticised from two sides, with Peter Dutton saying it will be the "death of mining" while others, including Kylea, are urging Labor to go further and faster to protect nature.

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Few avenues for appeal as polluting projects go ahead

April 16, 2024

The West Australian, 16 April 2024

Merits review rights could give communities a chance to challenge large, destructive projects like Whitehaven Coal's Vickery Extension Project, but currently only apply to an extremely limited number of situations under federal environmental law. This is an opportunity for the federal government to do better, Kylea says.

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New Environmental Protection Agency ineffective without stronger laws

April 16, 2024

SBS News, 16 April 2024

The Federal Government has announced plans to establish Australia's first independent Environmental Protection Agency, but "without national environmental protection laws in place, having an EPA is the equivalent of having a chassis of a car without the engine," Kylea says. "It might look good, but it's not going to get us anywhere."

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New high level push to give communities the right to challenge big, environmentally destructive projects

April 16, 2024

Media release, 16 April 2024

Enshrining communities’ right to challenge the merits of large, environmentally destructive projects in law would drastically improve integrity in decision making, restore the public’s faith in a broken system, and lead to better outcomes for nature, according to a groundbreaking new expert report.

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Environmental merits reviews would not mean 'green lawfare'

April 16, 2024

Canberra Times, 16 April 2024

Kylea says the legal system that governs Australia's environmental decision-making lacks integrity, and the public wants it to change.

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The crossbench and the environment

April 10, 2024

Pearls and Irritations, 4 April 2024

After attending the "The Future of Our Environment" panel discussion in North Sydney, Jocelyn Chey writes that neither the government nor the opposition are taking effective climate action — but voters, at least in this part of the country, feel passionately about it.

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