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Electric vehicle targets lagging under Turnbull Government, Greens call for action

Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens spokesperson for transport, has called on the government to do more to increase the uptake of electric vehicles following the release of the Climateworks report into electric vehicle ownership.

“This report shows just how far Australia is falling behind on electric vehicle ownership, with electric vehicles making up only 0.1% of the new car sales market,” said Senator Rice.

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Turnbull, Shorten find a backbone - back ban on developer donations at local council elections

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
The Greens are calling for developer donations to be banned in all local council elections following more reports on corruption cases arising from the property industry buying influence through political donations.
 
“State and federal political leaders should back a ban on developer donations at local council elections to help restore public confidence in this level of government,” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
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Restoring confidence in democracy takes more than a foreign donation ban

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
Political donation and corruption scandals will continue to plague the major parties until they can commit to comprehensive reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.
 
“The Greens absolutely support a ban on foreign donations and increased transparency measures, but we’re also honest about the fact that those things will not be nearly enough.
 
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Greens back ‘Genuine Gonski’ and public schools in Senate inquiry report

The Australian Greens have highlighted several major concerns with the government’s proposed schools funding model in a Senate inquiry report that was tabled in the Parliament today.

“After weeks of evidence, it’s clear that we can’t support the legislation in its current form,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Greens are committed to the genuine Gonski of fair, needs-based schools funding that both Labor and the Liberals have so far failed to put on the table.

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The war on encryption

I want to speak briefly tonight on a subject that has been bugging me for a little while. It is something that I guess has been creeping up on us for a time, but even in the matter of the last couple of days it has broken open somewhat, including in the National Security Statement that the Prime Minister delivered in the House earlier today. That is the subject of encryption of private communications. It is something of a sleeper issue.

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Labor sides with Government as motion to abandon drug testing income support recipients voted down

A senate motion calling on the Government to abandon drug testing income support recipients has been voted down by the Coalition with the help of Labor.

“Labor has today made it clear what they think of drug testing people accessing the social safety net.

“They have been vague around this measure since it was announced but have taken sides with the Government today.

“This motion also gave members of the Government the chance to see sense and abandon this flawed approach.

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