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Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to Government leaking Centrelink recipient details to media

“It is extremely concerning that the Government has willingly and openly given media the personal details of a Centrelink recipient and will do so again to those who dare to speak out about the automated debt recovery system.

"This has huge implications for the privacy of those on income support and receiving other payments from Government.

“The effort the Government has put into 'correcting the record' for media should go to correcting thousands of incorrect debts.

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Estimates questioning fails to produce special secret classified cockatoo surveys

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End the secrecy on Western Distributor

With the Victorian government refusing to hand over the independent assessments of the Western Distributor toll road proposal to Infrastructure Australia and the federal government, the Greens have called on the Premier Andrews to end the secrecy.

“The Western Distributor is a thought bubble that Transurban sold to Premier Andrews so they could keep profiting no matter what,” said the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“There are independent assessments of the toll road’s business case sitting in the government’s bottom drawer.

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Australian Border Force's use of coercive powers

The government's improper management of Australian Border Force's statutory powers is squarely the fault of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

"This government has grabbed for itself a massive range of new powers in its process of militarising the Department of Immigration and Border Protection," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"The failure of the Department to ensure that these powers are being used legally falls squarely on the shoulders of the incompetent Peter Dutton." 

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What even is the point of Ministerial Standards?

Lee Rhiannon 27 Feb 2017

Today the Turnbull government confirmed that it has no process for enforcing its own document governing the behaviour and activities of ministers and former ministers – the Statement of Ministerial Standards. 

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Earlier this month former resources Minister Ian Macfarlane reportedly boasted that he would talk to his ‘good mates in Canberra’ in order to make sure that Native Title laws that threaten the Adani coal mine are amended. 

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ALP Abandons Inner West to LNP-One Nation Alliance

GreensMPs 27 Feb 2017

The Queensland Greens say they will stay and fight to give progressive voters a voice in Brisbane’s inner west after the Queensland Environment Minister abandoned the electorate to be parachuted into a safe seat. Former Queensland Senator and Queensland Greens convenor Andrew Bartlett said:

“People in the inner west of Brisbane deserve a progressive voice in Parliament. Steven Miles and Queensland Labor’s decision to abandon the people of Mount Coot-tha proves once again they will always act first for their own interests.

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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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