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Paid Parental Leave

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has urged the crossbench to put working mums first in their negotiations with the Government on paid parental leave.

“Let’s be clear. Delaying the start date to save women who are currently pregnant does not make up for the fact that these changes, whenever passed, will hurt parents.

“Delaying the effect of the Bill by a year isn’t the same as standing up for women’s rights in the workplace and members of the crossbench cannot walk both sides of this issue.

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Government must stop saddling up with the racing industry and protect the Hooded Plover

Janet Rice 28 Oct 2016

Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice has joined community groups to blockade race horse training on the breeding ground of vulnerable Hooded Plover on Belfast Coastal Reserve.

“It’s unacceptable to see the commercial interests of a few cowboys in the horse training industry take over these pristine Victorian beaches, and trump the survival of the Hooded Plover,” said Senator Rice.

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Barnaby’s dam crazy

Giving Barnaby Joyce the keys to a multi-million dollar water slush fund is a recipe for disaster, the Australian Greens have said.

“Letting Barnaby Joyce loose across Northern Australia with his very own pork barrelling fund is dangerous,” the Greens’ water spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Nationals have a questionable environmental record and spending $440 million on Barnaby’s boondoggle is a recipe for disaster.

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Pay gag clauses being used to punish women who ask for pay equity

Larissa Waters 27 Oct 2016

Evidence today to the Senate Education and Employment Committee from academic experts about the gender pay gap has revealed a concerning trend that some employers are using “pay gag clauses” against women challenge unequal pay.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on women, Senator Larissa Waters said:

“Evidence today from witnesses suggested that ‘pay gag clauses’ are being enforced by 50 – 90% of private sector organisations according to forthcoming studies. 

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CSG fugitive emissions: government must urgently fix shoddy under-counting of pollution

Responding to a damning new report from the Melbourne Energy Institute showing that the CSG industry has drastically under-estimated dangerous methane pollution from ‘fugitive’ emissions.  Information from Senate Estimates last week shows that the government has not funded crucial further research.  

Senator Larissa Waters, deputy leader of the Australian Greens and resources spokesperson said;

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Pokie con-job lawsuit implicates every poker machine in Queensland

Larissa Waters 26 Oct 2016

The Australian Greens today welcomed the lawsuit from the Alliance for Gambling Reform lodged in Melbourne today and called for a halt to the Palaszczuk government’s casino obsession.  The expanded scope of the lawsuit for misleading and deceptive conduct puts every single poker machine in Queensland under suspicion.

“The newly announced element of this historic court case brings in every single poker machine in Queensland, because industry and government constantly use the dodgy ‘return to player’ claim.

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Australia needs an Agriculture Minister that specialises in agriculture, not secrecy.

Australia needs an Agriculture Minister that specialises in agriculture, not secrecy.

The Greens say recent revelations about Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce spending tens of thousands of dollars to hide a letter add to his refusal to release a cost-benefit analysis for moving the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, and raise serious questions about his integrity.

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Housing inquiry stalled – Greens will push to restore it

Lee Rhiannon 25 Oct 2016

The Turnbull government’s decision to let an inquiry into housing lapse is the latest example of the Coalition avoiding putting the spotlight on the need for real reform, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

When parliament resumes the Greens will put a motion to the Senate calling on the Turnbull government to complete the inquiry.

“On the next sitting day in Parliament I will put a motion to the Senate calling on the Turnbull government to complete this inquiry,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Coalition Government hand in hand with the gun lobby to tear down the National Firearms Agreement

In a rare insight into the gun lobby’s shopping list, minutes from meetings between the Federal Justice Minister and a secretive “firearms industry reference group” show the Coalition Government working with the gun lobby to tear down the National Firearms Agreement.  
The gun lobby’s wish list includes importing more and more lethal firearms, increasing children’s access to weapons and removing current limits on firearms ownership. 
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