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Greens welcome union for remote and regional Australians forced onto CDP

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the ACTU establishing the First Nations Workers Alliance, a new union to protect people struggling to find work who are forced into the Community Development Programme (CDP) in regional and remote Australia.

“The CDP imposes unreasonable mutual obligations that are not imposed on job seekers in the metropolitan area. I have long said it is discriminatory to Aboriginal people out bush and has done more harm than good.

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Protect Millers Point tenants statement

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jul 2017
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Greens to move Senate Inquiry into Medicare data breach

The Greens will move for a Senate inquiry to examine the Medicare data issues that have come to light in recent days, said Australian Greens leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

"We have grave concerns about the breaches in Medicare data that have been discovered only because of the hard work of committed journalists," Dr Di Natale said.

"To discover that individuals’ private Medicare data has been shared, and sold, by shady interests is of grave concern."

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Dutton's illegal detention of Australians

Peter Dutton must accept responsibility and come clean about his illegal detention of at least two Australian citizens, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Peter Dutton wrongfully robbed these Australians of their freedom," Senator McKim said.

"He is running an offshore detention regime that has deprived thousands of refugees and asylum seekers of their liberty and deliberately harmed men, women and children."

"Whether through incompetence or design, the focus of Peter Dutton's cruel regime has now been trained on Australian citizens."

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UN joins growing calls for a Royal Commission into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee calling for a Royal Commission into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability.

Senator Rachel Siewert initiated and chaired the senate inquiry that recommended a Royal Commission, and said:

“The United Nations has joined the growing chorus for a Royal Commission into this issue that continues to happen around this country. 

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Retail jobs deal for young people opens up questions about churn and exploitation: Greens

 The Australian Greens have reservations about job internships being negotiated between the Government and the Australian Retailers Association for young people struggling to find meaningful employment. 

“Although I’m sure the Australian Retailers Association was well-intentioned in brokering this deal with the Government, I do have questions about why these young people can’t just be offered work under the usual conditions rather than internships where they can be potentially exploited”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Australia at the UN: Missing when it Mattered

Scott Ludlam 29 Jun 2017

There are a handful of empty chairs in Committee Room 1 in the UN General Assembly building in New York. One of them should have been occupied by an Australian representative, but these negotiations are going ahead without us. Yesterday, the second draft of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons was circulated, despite Australia’s best efforts to prevent these talks from happening at all.

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Greens NSW are proud of our policies and internal democracy

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2017

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will continue to stand with Greens members everywhere for public education, social and environmental justice and internal party democracy despite the decision of the Greens ​federal ​Party Room meeting in Melbourne yesterday​

Senator Rhiannon said, "Yesterday I attended and contributed in good faith to a robust discussion in the Greens party room, as I always do.

“Consistent backgrounding and leaks from senior Greens sources is what is divisive to this party not my work with members campaigning for public education.

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