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Time to let go of the past and back five-minute rule

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young is calling on Malcolm Turnbull to prove himself as the bold, innovative Prime Minister he purports to be by introducing a “five minute rule” to fix and future-proof the electricity market.

“The Australian Energy Market Commission has backed a transition to a 5-minute rule which would give renewables an even playing field while those old fossil fuel operators and our Prime Minister are clutching at the past,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Time to make big businesses pay on time

The Greens welcome the Small Business Ombudsman's report on late payments and call on the government to take strong action against unfair practices by big corporations.

"Big businesses are basically treating smaller traders and freelancers like piggy banks," Greens Small Business spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"As the report shows, payment times by Australian big businesses are the worst in the developed world."

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Senate inquiry shows Centrelink recipients feel bullied and threatened by the Government

The last two days of evidence to the senate inquiry into Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system has raised a myriad of issues and suggests recipients feel bullied by the Government who are pursuing a debt that people may not owe.

“Many people are being affected including pensioners, single parents, students, carers and jobseekers. Lots of these people are effectively putting their lives on hold to prove their innocence”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Backbench fighting to keep Work for the Dole shows politicians not thinking of outcomes for the unemployed: Greens

News today that Coalition backbenchers are lobbying to keep Work for the Dole in the upcoming budget because it is ‘red meat for the base’ shows that Liberal politicians are more worried about their own jobs than helping jobseekers find meaningful employment, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens: Coalition’s plan for housing is no plan at all

Lee Rhiannon 10 Apr 2017
The Greens say the Coalition’s plan for housing affordability, announced today by Treasurer Scott Morrison, is no plan at all.
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “We still don’t know what the Turnbull government’s plan to fix housing affordability actually is. 
 
“The Coalition’s housing strategy is an ongoing exercise in blame-shifting and excuses.
 
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Manus Island detainees must be brought to Australia

All of Australia's detainees on Manus Island must be brought to Australia, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The people the Australian government have locked up on Manus Island have suffered immense physical and psychological harm," Senator McKim said.

"Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's plan to just leave them to languish on Manus Island is unfair and unconscionable, and shows his determination to extend the humanitarian crisis for as long as he can."

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House prices skyrocket since Cabinet rejected capital gains tax reforms

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Greens response to US unilateral airstrikes in Syria

The Australian Greens condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to dangerously escalate the violence in Syria.

“Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally bomb Syrian airbases with more than fifty Tomahawk cruise missiles is deeply fraught. The horror of the chemical weapons attack in Syria this week requires a credible, independent investigation, not a random barrage of missiles ordered by a clueless President,” Acting Australian Greens Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Government must fast-track non-specific option on DHS forms so that non-binary students can continue to receive youth allowance: Greens

The Government’s failure to promptly roll out an unspecified gender option for government-issued forms has had a tangible effect on non-binary university students, who are having their youth allowance payments cut off, Australian Greens senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Including a non-specific option in internal Government systems like Centrelink is not just symbolic, transgender and non-binary people need this option to receive income support payments.

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