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CBA scandal: Government must relent on Bank RC and CBA must cancel all executive bonuses

Greens Treasury Spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that Commbank money laundering scandal shows that the culture in the financial services sector is still suspect and only a Royal Commission or a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry will return public confidence in this critical sector.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The behaviour of Commbank that emerged during the Senate Inquiry into ASIC was what sparked the first call for a Royal Commission. I am sick of being told by overpaid executives that everything is ok in this sector, when it is clearly not.

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Federal Government repeats the mistakes of Macquarie Harbour by green-lighting Okehampton Bay salmon farm

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the green-lighting of the Tassal salmon farm at Okehampton Bay.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "I'm bitterly disappointed, but not surprised, that the federal Liberal Government has chosen to stand by Will Hodgman in an election year, and refused to do a full environmental feasibility study on the the Tassal Okehampton Bay expansion.

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Greens urge action on staggering rates of sexual assault experienced by LGBTIQ university students

Janet Rice 2 Aug 2017

The Australian Greens are urging the federal government to assist universities in implementing the recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report on sexual assault and harassment on university campuses.

The report shows LGBTIQ students experience much higher rates of assault and harassment, with 45% of trans and gender diverse students, 44% bisexual students and 38% gay/lesbian students sexually harassed on campus in 2016. Trans and gender diverse students were more likely to experience harassment than any other group.

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HILDA figures show Situation Normal All Fouled Up for young Australians

The Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the release of HILDAs The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “These survey findings won’t be a surprise for young people but they should be a wake-up call for the Government.

“These figures are catastrophic. No matter how hard young people are working or how much time they are putting into study, the ability of a young person to own their own home is slipping away.

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Time to focus on teaching for better student outcomes

The Australian Greens say today’s NAPLAN results shine a light on a glaring missing part of the puzzle in setting up Aussie kids for success in the classroom: investing in quality teaching.

“It’s clear from today’s NAPLAN results that we need a focus on placing greater value on teaching as a profession; attracting the best and brightest, and keeping them in the profession,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens announce plans for a Charter of Rights

As Australians, we pride ourselves on enjoying so many freedoms, yet our laws do not adequately reflect, or protect them. Today the Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale and Attorney General Spokesperson, Senator Nick McKim announced their plan to table, debate and vote on Charter of Rights legislation in this term of parliament.  

Australia is the only western democracy that does not protect the basic rights and freedoms of its people in either legislation or the constitution, said Senator Di Natale.

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Harrowing sexual assault report shows our university students deserve better

The Australian Greens are urging the Federal Government to assist universities in implementing the recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report into sexual assault and harassment on university campuses.

“This report paints an ugly picture of what life on campus is for too many young women. Every student deserves to be able to study and learn in a safe, respectful environment. Our universities must act,” Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Time Labor ditched Shorten’s weak stance on political donation reform

Lee Rhiannon 31 Jul 2017

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Labor of using their classic tactic of different messages for different audiences on political donation reform.

“While Senator Dastyari is going for the ‘full monty’ version calling for a total ban on political donations, Mr Shorten is pushing the minimalist version of reform that goes no further than some transparency changes to reporting and a ban on foreign donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Labor’s official position will not clean up politics or end the corrupting influence of political donations.

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Fixing Australia's very big housing problem, one green brick at a time

It is time to dismantle the rigged system that privileges investors and landlords over everybody else, said the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale.

“Australia is facing a housing crisis. Everyone needs a home where they can feel secure, live comfortably and be part of the community. But this is becoming increasingly difficult for millions of average Australians.

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$1 million penalty smashes record for corporate free-range eggs deception

 
Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare, has congratulated Humane Society International for winning its case against corporate egg producer Snowdale Holdings for incorrectly labelling cruel intensively stocked barn-laid eggs as ‘free-range’.
 
“A majority of Australians are choosing to pay premium prices for free range eggs to ensure they are not supporting animal cruelty,” Senator Rhiannon said.
 
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