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Greens NSW backs “No WSA, Yes to HSR” campaign for Western Sydney

The Greens NSW have stepped up their opposition to Western Sydney Airport with its State Council passing a unanimous motion on the issue and pledging support for No WSA events in Western Sydney.
 
Greens NSW Transport and Western Sydney Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, said: “The Greens’ united stance against Western Sydney Airport and consistent support for High Speed Rail and public transport projects is the way to drive long term sustainable jobs growth in Western Sydney.
 
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Meat processing industry job losses – govt must help locals find secure work

Lee Rhiannon 24 Feb 2017
The Australian Greens extend their condolences to the staff and their families affected by the closure of Manildra Meat Company in Cootamundra. The Greens are calling on state and federal governments to work with the community to find secure jobs for these workers. 

150 permanent staff and 70 casual staff at the company will lose their jobs. Today will be the final day of processing. 

Greens industry spokesperson NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “This is another blow for NSW and the Riverina and our thoughts are with all of these workers and their families. 

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US deal chaos causing uncertainty for people seeking asylum

The government's confusion over the US refugee “deal" is creating further anxiety and uncertainty for people who have already suffered for far too long, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"While the government argues with itself over whether or not this is a people swap, there are men, women and children suffering in Australia's inhumane detention centres due to the ongoing uncertainty," Senator McKim said.

"This 'deal' was apparently signed more than three months ago, yet not a single person has been resettled in the United States."

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Perth Freight Link environmental breaches snap inquiry

The snap senate inquiry into the continuation of construction of the Perth Freight Link in the face of significant environmental breaches will hold a public hearing tomorrow.

Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam will hold a press conference during the lunch break at 12:45pm.

Senator Ludlam will also be available for comment at the conclusion of the hearings.

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Coca-Cola Amatil closure another blow for local factory workers

The Australian Greens extend their condolences to the staff and their families affected by today’s announcement that the Thebarton Coca-Cola Amatil factory will close in 2019.

“This is another blow to our state, and our local factory workers and their families and I extend my condolences to those affected,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Debt collectors posing as Government department just another line of deceit

A report of a debt collection agency portraying itself as a Government department is just another underhanded and nasty tactic being used as part of the Government’s automated debt recovery program, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“We have heard many times about how aggressive the debt collectors are being to struggling Australians that have accessed the social safety net in the last six years.

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Senator Brandis, pick up the phone and call Centrelink

“Senator Brandis: step out of your ivory tower, and attempt to call Centrelink. Be prepared for a wake-up call”,  Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“This is the struggle being experienced by constituents that you are meant to represent.

“I have personally witnessed my constituents wait for hours trying to get through to Centrelink. People dealing with Centrelink are exasperated and stressed.

“Hundreds of people have emailed and called my office to detail their experiences. I can assure you that the system is almost impossible to navigate.

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