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Federal Government should stop interfering in City of Hobart #changethedate discussions

Threatening to revoke the authorisation to hold citizenship ceremonies because the City of Hobart is daring to discuss moving Australia Day celebrations is significant interference by the Turnbull Government and should stop, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.   

"The Turnbull Government bullied the City of Fremantle in the same way but Freo stood strong and still changed the date for Australia Day. Now the Federal Government is trying the same bullying tactics with the City of Hobart.  

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PM Turnbull should be open to a discussion about changing the date for Australia Day

The Prime Minister should engage in a meaningful way about changing the date for Australia Day, rather than rejecting the City of Hobart decision to discuss the issue, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The Government put enormous pressure on the City of Fremantle when they changed the date for Australia Day celebrations, now the Prime Minister has had a go at the City of Hobart for daring to discuss the issue.  

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Submissions for the Threat Abatement Plan for Marine Debris needed

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Report reveals companies profiteering from torture

Amnesty International's report on the profit-making of Broadspectrum from Australia's detention centres on Nauru is a warning to companies considering bidding for contracts that they do so at considerable risk to their brand and reputation.

"Any companies who sign contracts to run the camps will immediately become complicit in torture," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator McKim said.

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Greens welcome City of Hobart opening discussion about changing the date for Australia Day

The Australian Greens have welcomed the City of Hobart opening up a discussion about changing the date for Australia Day.

“Well done to the City of Hobart for being brave enough to kick start a conversation about Australia Day in Tasmania. A lot of Tasmanian’s clearly want Australia Day to accessible to everyone, it shouldn’t be on a day that some members of the community view as a day of grieving”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

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Turnbull needs to stop throwing petrol on the housing fire

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is today calling on the Government to end its reckless support for negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts that are fuelling a housing crisis.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “It doesn’t seem to matter which expert comes out against negative gearing or what happens to house prices, the Government remains in denial about its role in the housing crisis.

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NXT deal on company tax cuts could open way for fracking in the Northern Territory: Greens

"It is very concerning that Nick Xenophon's cave-in on company tax cuts includes opening up the possibility of a gas pipeline in the Northern Territory”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Such a pipeline from the Northern Territory to Queensland would create a wave of dirty, dangerous fracking in the Territory. This gas would be piped straight to Gladstone and exported. 

“Traditional owners in the Territory have stood up to defend their country from fracking.  Does the government intend to disregard their wishes and open the way to fracking?

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Xenophon's big biz tax cuts

Statement on the Nick Xenophon Political Party’s big business tax cuts;

 

"Billions of dollars that should have gone to our schools and hospitals in South Australia have just been funnelled straight into the pockets of big business, thanks to Nick Xenophon," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"He screwed over regular South Australians tonight, and for what? A bunch of reviews and studies.

"Our state can't run on empty promises and dirty deals Nick.

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