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Life Gold Pass going, but the perk continues for former PMs

Lee Rhiannon 7 Feb 2017
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed reports that Prime Minister Turnbull will finally scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme. 
 
However, the Greens say the scheme should not be retained for former Prime Ministers, who already collect significant parliamentary pensions after retirement.
 
“Why scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme but retain it for former Prime Ministers, who collect hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in the form of parliamentary pensions?” Senator Rhiannon said.
 
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Greens move to protect child dental

“Today I am moving to disallow the government’s harsh cuts to Medicare funded child dental care," Senator Richard Di Natale said today.

“Late last year the government took the axe to child dental – ripping $300 per child and dramatically reducing children's’ access to dental care.

“The Child Dental Benefits Schedule was a key win of the Green’s power sharing arrangement with the former Gillard Government.

“We will fight to protect it, and are calling on the Senate to support our disallowance. 

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Statement on legal developments in Tasmanian Salmon Industry

Greens Senator for Tasmania and spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the legal developments in the Tasmanian salmon industry.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens warned that this would happen and we were labelled by the Tasmanian Minister in charge as scaremongers out to destroy the industry. Time and time again our warnings have been proved right.

 

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DSP assessment is heartless and is having real impacts on the ground: Greens

The latest example of the way people with disability are being treated when attempting to access the Disability Support Pension (DSP) is heartless and shameful, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The assessment and reassessment of people on the Disability Support Pension is throwing people onto the lower Newstart payment even while they appeal the decision. This is poor practice and is unfair.

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