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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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Government cons crossbench into multi-billion dollar corporate tax cut

In exchange for a hand-written list of reviews, inquiries and vague commitments, the Government has conned the Xenophon party into supporting a $15 billion hit on an already stressed Commonwealth budget.

“Today is a win for the Government’s corporate donors, and a punch in the guts for everyone else,” Australian Greens Acting Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said in the wake of the marathon Senate sitting.

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Greens support open letter to the PM calling for national leadership on youth justice

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert supports the open letter from Change the Record to Malcolm Turnbull, calling on the Government to urgently address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth incarceration.

“The Royal Commission into NT youth detention hands down its interim report today, the Government should use this to inform the development of a proactive strategy to reduce Aboriginal youth incarceration.

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18C retention a great win for multicultural Australia

The Australian Greens congratulate multicultural Australia for uniting and standing strong to defend 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
 
"It was so inspiring to see people from right across multicultural Australia come together and fight to protect their communities from racism," Australian Greens spokesperson for Justice Senator Nick McKim said.
 
"It is thanks to these strong communities that the Senate was able to stand against the governments divisive legislation."
 

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SA strides ahead into renewable energy future

The announcement of a billion-dollar solar farm and energy storage facility in South Australia shows that the state is leading the way into a clean, green, renewable energy future.

“This world leading facility is the next step in South Australia’s march toward a clean, green and stable energy future,” South Australian Greens’ Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Coal is dead and our state has the vision and foresight to lead our nation’s technological revolution.

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Greens welcome report that shows the importance of Indigenous Rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the finding from the Country Needs People report - Protecting Nature For All Of Us, which shows the overwhelming benefit of the Indigenous Rangers program.

“Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas have become a key component of ensuring environmental benefits for our country, turning around environmental degradation and species decline.

“It also keeps alive the traditional knowledge of caring for the land and matches it with science to create the best possible outcome for preservation.

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Greens: Ian Macdonald case another reason for a federal ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 30 Mar 2017
The Greens have renewed their call for a federal anti-corruption body, after another former MP exposed by NSW ICAC was found guilty of criminal misconduct today.
 
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “What’s the chance corruption only happens in state politics? The case for a federal ICAC is now overwhelming. 
 
“Liberal Minister Mathias Cormann has previously argued that we already have a ‘robust framework to fight corruption’ at the federal level. That is demonstrably untrue.
 
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Coalition and Labor push on with cashless welfare card

The Coalition and the Labor party have voted down a Greens disallowance motion that would have stopped the cashless welfare card trial extensions.   

“When the yearlong trials of the cashless welfare card were passed into legislation with the help of Labor, we feared that this would lead to an extended rollout. Unfortunately this has happened. 

“I am disappointed that the Labor party have continuously backed the Government on the cashless welfare card trials. They claim to care for vulnerable people but actions speak louder than words.

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