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Adjustments to aged care cuts a step in the right direction but changes must go to a senate inquiry: Greens

Although proposed changes to aged care funding are a step in the right direction Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has emphasised that we need a senate inquiry to investigate the complicated cuts and most recently proposed changes.

“The bottom line is that the cuts to the aged care funding are really complicated and need investigation. The Greens have repeatedly put forward a motion for the cuts to go to a senate inquiry and repeatedly both Labor and the Coalition have voted against it.

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Greens welcome KPMG calls for an increase to Newstart

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed reaffirmed calls by KPMG for a significant increase to Newstart of $50 a week in its report Reform Agenda for Australia, released today.

“The Australian Greens have been campaigning for a long time to increase Newstart, woefully low income support payments mean people are living in poverty and this is another barrier to gaining employment.

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SA schools already struggling should not face further budget cuts

The Australian Greens have expressed fears for the future of public education after it was revealed today many Adelaide high schools are struggling to pay the bills.

“If South Australian high schools have to cut courses and teaching staff to keep their buildings up to scratch, something is very wrong with the way schools are funded. What is happening in Adelaide is telling of the scarcity of funding across the board for Australian schools,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Senate Inquiry tomorrow: Should bank executives go to jail when their banks perpetuate white-collar crimes?

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, will be attending the white-collar crime Senate Inquiry hearing tomorrow in Melbourne [information below] and will be asking criminologists and regulators, “How tough do we have to make penalties to help stop endemic financial misconduct in Australia’s financial system?”

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In Iceland, they held the bank Chairmen and CEOs responsible for the fraud and market manipulation that was carried out in their name by the bank staff, during the global financial crisis; and they were sent to jail.

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Barnaby must scrap APVMA move

The Greens have called on the federal government to scrap the proposal to move the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, after a new report showed that less than 10% of current scientists are expected to stay.

“Minister Barnaby Joyce has failed to consult with staff, stakeholders and the community,” said the Australian Greens Agriculture spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The decision to uproot the lives of APVMA staff and their families to the Member for New England’s own electorate is nothing short of pork barrelling, but he can’t even get that right.

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Cutting funding while increasing Uni debt not the answer

Targeting university students and increasing their debt is not the answer to the long term sustainability of Australia’s higher education sector, the Australian Greens have said in response to a Grattan Institute report.

“The Turnbull government want to take an axe to higher education funding and they shouldn’t look to increasing student debt to make up any shortfall,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor’s private schools obsession a threat to fair funding: Greens

Labor’s refusal to reduce the amount  of money going to overfunded private schools and reinvest it into the public schools that need it most is putting true needs based funding at risk, the Australian Greens have said.

“Labor’s obsession with defending the fistfuls of cash going to private schools is threatening to derail any chance we have at achieving genuine needs based funding for all Australian students,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens urge safety over self interest in Adler debate

Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on federal and state government ministers who will discuss the classification of the Adler semi-automatic weapon at the upcoming COAG meeting to put public safety first and disregard the scare tactics of Shooters Party and gun lobby.
 
"Rather than be coerced by the gun lobby, state and federal governments need to listen to the experts and what the experts are saying is there is no need for this Adler to be made available under the weaker B Classification," Senator Rhiannon said.
 
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6000 stolen guns – time to tighten firearm laws

Today’s news that over 6000 guns have been reported as stolen across Australia between 2013 and 2015 must be a call for action, the Greens say. 
 
National data obtained by Gun Control Australia shows that the majority of firearms stolen were hunting rifles (category A) and general hunting shotguns (category B). 
 
Greens Gun Control Spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “The issue of stolen firearms, which find their way into the illicit gun market, is something federal and state governments urgently need to address. 
 
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