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SA energy privatisation failure – AEMO to face Senate inquiry tomorrow

Modernising the energy grid and investing in storage technology is the only way to future-proof South Australia’s supply of electricity following more than a decade of disastrous privatisation, the Australian Greens have said.

“The situation in South Australia is an extraordinary example of failed privatisation,” South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Our state has been let down, time and time again. We need to look at developments in storage technology and invest in the Solar Thermal Power Station in Port Augusta to future proof our network.

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Forced deportations begin on Manus Island

The Australian government must urgently intervene to halt the forced deportation of Australia's detainees on Manus Island.

"Under the cover of darkness, at least one person seeking asylum has been forcibly removed from Manus Island," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"With the illegal detention centre being forced to close and the uncertainty around the US 'deal', this seems to be Peter Dutton's only 'solution' to the humanitarian crisis he has overseen."

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Senate calls on Cardinal Pell to return to Australia

A Greens motion calling on Cardinal George Pell to return to Australia to assist Victorian police in investigating his alleged criminal conduct has been supported by the Senate.

“The evidence to the Royal Commission on child sex abuse has been harrowing and showed a systemic problem far worse than many could imagine. My thoughts are with the survivors and their families who were brave enough to testify and are now trying to process the evidence that has rocked the nation.

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Value capture proposal not the silver bullet for high speed rail

The Greens have warned that a Parliamentary Committee’s support for value capture for high speed rail along Australia’s east coast is fraught with danger.

“High speed rail is going to be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in our history. We have to get it right, and not have the project twisted just because it suits the interests of a select few money-hungry developers,” said the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Parliament should have the power to block Trump

The Greens will move to amend Australia's visa laws to give Parliament the power to block foreign leaders from visiting Australia on the grounds of character.

"Parliament is sovereign in this country," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said

"Consistent with our position that Parliament should have the final say on Australia going to war, we believe that Parliament should have the right to refuse entry to, or deport, foreign leaders on the basis of their character."

"This issue has been crystallised for us by Donald Trump becoming US President."

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Deal with crossbench tries to sneak through four week wait and other nasties

The secret deal between the Government and crossbenchers on the family tax benefit sneaks through nasty cuts to the social safety net that hurts families, young people and aged pensioners.

“Nick Xenaphon and other crossbenchers should think long and hard before getting behind the legislation”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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