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Government and ALP vote down senate motion calling on cashless welfare card extension to be abandoned

The Government, ALP and crossbench have voted down an Australian Greens senate motion calling for the cashless welfare card expansion to be abandoned. 

“Before completing the evaluation of the current cashless welfare card trial, the Government has proposed extending and expanding the measure”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“Why are they expanding a trial that has not been evaluated for its success in full? This shows that the concept of ‘trialing’ the measure was always farcical, the Government always planned to extend the roll out. 

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Japan’s moves to resume commercial whaling shows up ‘scientific whaling’ as sham

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has lashed out at moves in the Japanese Parliament to help Japan resume commercial whaling and calls upon Malcolm Turnbull to condemn the moves.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “For years and years Japan has conducted whaling on Australia’s doorstep in the Southern Ocean under the guise of scientific research but these moves in the Japanese Parliament to reinstate commercial whaling show that ‘scientific whaling’ is just a sham.

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Senate supports blocking live export of horses, donkeys and ponies for slaughter

The Senate has passed a joint motion by Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Senator Derryn Hinch calling on the Turnbull government to ensure there will be no live export of equines for slaughter.
 
“We are concerned that the Turnbull government may open the door for the live export of horses, ponies and donkeys for slaughter. That would be a disaster,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
“Animal welfare groups have seen an exposure draft order that would legalise such live exports.
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