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MP expense reform needs muscle – penalties essential

Lee Rhiannon 29 Mar 2017
The public will remain sceptical about the Turnbull government’s latest attempt to clean up MPs’ expenses if the measures do not include clear compliance and penalty provisions, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
Senator Rhiannon was commenting on the Parliamentary Business Resources Bill 2017 to be introduced this week by the Special Minister of State Senator Scott Ryan.
 
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Barnaby Joyce is talking through his hat on Heyfield mill crisis

Janet Rice 27 Mar 2017

The Greens have condemned the Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce’s blundering attempt to wade in to Victorian forest issues, saying these type of short-sighted policy ideas have led to the Heyfield mill crisis.

“Barnaby’s thought bubbles on the Heyfield mill are not helping workers who are facing unemployment or the threatened species facing extinction,” said Senator Janet Rice, Greens federal spokesperson for Forests.

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Senate calls on Government to come good on funding for neurodegenerative disease in East Arnhem Land

The Greens and Labor have secured Senate support calling on the Federal Government to make good on a $10 million grant that they have refused to give to the Machado-Joseph Disease Foundation.

“Machado-Joseph disease is a very rare genetic neurodegenerative disease that has devastating impacts on those it effects. Symptoms generally do not appear until later in life then sufferers rapidly deteriorate.

“East Arnhem land is the number one hotspot for this disease in the world and funding is needed for supports, therapists, equipment and research.

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Export credit agency backflips on live exports, Greens call for documents

The Senate has passed a Greens motion calling on the Turnbull government to release documents relating to Australia’s export finance credit agency (EFIC) and live exports (below).
 
The motion follows an extraordinary backflip by EFIC last week, after state director Phil Smith said the agency did not fund the live export trade because it involved ‘too much cruelty’. 
 
On Thursday EFIC’s chief executive contradicted Mr Smith, calling the comments untrue and the situation ‘embarrassing’.
 
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Government unable to rule out Australian involvement in Mosul airstrike tragedy

The Turnbull Liberal government has failed to rule out Australia's involvement in another bombing tragedy in Iraq, the Australian Greens said today.

"The tragedy in Mosul took the lives of more than 200 civilians, the deadliest such attack by far since the US intervened in the conflict in mid-2014, and it ranks among the highest civilian death tolls in an American air mission since the disastrous US-led Coalition sent Australia into war in Iraq in 2003," Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Defence spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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