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Australian Greens respond to claims one-third of parents unsure about vaccination.

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale today said:

“Immunisation is one of the most successful public health initiatives ever, and has led to millions of lives being saved all over the world.

“Vaccines are a victim of their own success with many life-threatening illnesses now a distant memory in Australia but a decline in immunisation rates could see the return of some of these devastating diseases.

“As a doctor and a public health specialist, I urge all Australian parents to ensure that their kids are immunised.

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Greens stand with childcare workers striking today

The Australian Greens stand in solidarity with the thousands of childcare workers striking this afternoon to highlight the low wages they receive for the important task of providing care and education to Australian children.

“Early childhood educators are grossly underpaid for the valuable work they do. They teach, nurture and guide children in one of the most important phases of their learning life,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens to Turnbull: scrap DV legal cuts for International Women’s Day

Janet Rice 8 Mar 2017

The Greens have urged the Prime Minister to mark International Women’s Day by scrapping plans to cut $34 million from funding for community legal centres that provide domestic violence services.

“Despite professing to care about gender equality, the Coalition government still plans to cut $34 million of core funding from crucial frontline legal services for women and children fleeing domestic violence,” said the Australian Greens acting spokesperson for women Senator Janet Rice.   

“These may be Abbott-era cuts, but they have now become Turnbull’s responsibility.

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Uranium scandal: Federal environment Minister sets a new low

Scott Ludlam 7 Mar 2017

The Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has given environmental approval to the Mulga Rock uranium mine in WA this week, just days ahead of the election, despite the lack of cross-party support for this toxic industry, the Australian Greens said. 

Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Nuclear Issues spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said, “This week’s Federal Environmental Approval for the Mulga Rock uranium project is premature and deeply deficient.”

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State of Environment ain’t good, Government complicit

Janet Rice 7 Mar 2017

The 2017 State of the Environment report shows the federal government is putting the interests of donors and big polluters ahead of the public good and responsible environmental protection, say the Australian Greens.

“The Minister claims there are ‘bright spots’, but this report shows the dark stain of Government mismanagement of our environment,” said Australian Greens acting environment spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Damning senate inquiry report buries Perth Freight Link

The snap senate inquiry into environmental breaches of the Perth Freight Link project has handed down a devastating report, unequivocally stating the project is proceeding in breach of state and federal environmental conditions, and works should immediately cease, the Australian Greens said today.

"This report is the most damning I have seen in my time in the senate. It makes clear what a disaster the freight link has been from the outset," Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said today.

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