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Greens: Xenophon is wrong about super for housing

Lee Rhiannon 17 Mar 2017
The Greens say the ‘super for housing’ scheme is an idiotic idea that will make housing affordability worse, and have criticised Senator Nick Xenophon for signalling his support for it.
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Senator Xenophon has been pushing the ‘super for housing’ idea since 2014. It wasn’t a good one then and it isn’t a good one now.
 
“The Liberals dredge this up every now and then, and disappointingly Senator Xenophon has jumped on board.
 
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More cuts to social safety net not the solution for budget repair: Greens

The Business Council’s claims that we would require a $50 billion cut to the social safety net to plug up the budget if savings don’t pass the senate is farcical fear mongering, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Time and time again I have said that there is no senate gridlock, there is bad legislation. Put forward better legislation that doesn't take money off some of the most vulnerable members of our community and it will have a better chance of passing the senate.

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International Truth and Justice Project releases damning report about Sri Lankan military abuse

The International Truth and Justice Project have released a new report, based on several testimonies from survivors, about torture and abuse perpetrated by Sri Lanka’s security forces.
 
ITJP has also made a submission to the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), based on sworn statements from 55 women, about the torture and abuse they faced under the custody of the Rajapaksa and Sirisena governments. 
 
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Government marriage rift with big business easily solved

Janet Rice 17 Mar 2017

There is a way out of the government’s awkward bickering with Australia’s top CEOs over marriage equality, say the Greens.

“Every section of society is crying out for marriage equality, yet the Prime Minister is being held back by the far right of his party,” said Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The easy way for this issue to be resolved is for Malcolm Turnbull to allow a free vote in the parliament and bring on marriage equality.”

 

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Super for housing is an atrocious idea

Lee Rhiannon 16 Mar 2017
The Greens have responded to reports that the Turnbull government is considering allowing first home buyers to access their superannuation to buy a home, calling the idea ‘idiotic’.  
 
“Allowing first home buyers to dip into their super in order to buy a home is an atrocious idea and will likely make things worse for those hoping to purchase a home and in the long term for people when they retire,” Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“This would add more fuel to the fire, not help to fix the housing crisis. 
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Holden must clean up before it clears out

The Australian Greens are calling for a plan to clean up the Holden plant and surrounding areas to be expedited following the 122-hectare Elizabeth site hitting the market today.

“It is absolutely essential that before Holden closes its doors, there is an action plan in place for the clean-up of the site, there aren’t any hazardous health issues for people and the environment isn’t trashed,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens won’t stand for any roll back of women’s healthcare rights

Janet Rice 15 Mar 2017

The Australian Greens have vowed to fight a push by the Australian Christian Lobby for Australia to copy President Trump’s ban on foreign aid funding for abortion services.

“This is an irresponsible campaign that would just send women to dangerous underground clinics,” said the Australian Greens acting spokesperson for women Senator Janet Rice.

Under a similar ban instituted under John Howard in a horse-trade deal with Senator Brian Harradine, maternal deaths in Papua New Guinea jumped a horrific 56 per cent. The ban has since been scrapped.

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