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Government must put a floor under the bank levy

The Australian Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today called on the government to guarantee that the bank levy will meet budgeted forecasts for revenue.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The big four banks have all been briefed on the bank levy and have all estimated that it will bring in less than what the government has budgeted for.

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Key steps for healing for the Stolen Generations must be implemented by the Government including reparations: Greens

A report released by the Healing Foundation today outlines four key priorities for healing for the Stolen Generations and must be considered by Prime Minister Turnbull, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The remaining Aboriginal people who are part of the Stolen Generations deserve to be supported through a healing process, until that is done properly the impacts will continue through intergenerational trauma and entrenching disadvantage.

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Seven years on from Greens’ first National ICAC proposal- time for talk is over

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2017

Greens spokesperson for Democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed Labor’s support for a National Integrity Commission in light of the ATO tax fraud scandal.

“Mr Turnbull thinks this case demonstrates the system is working, but it’s astounding that $165 million has already been allegedly defrauded before charges were laid,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“Without a National ICAC, the public will still be wondering if charges could have been laid earlier and if existing bodies have all the necessary powers of deterrence and investigation.

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Dutton's latest attack on natural justice

Peter Dutton placing unreasonable deadlines on claims for asylum is an attack on some of Australia's most vulnerable people and undermines natural justice and the rule of law, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"By setting an arbitrary deadline Mr Dutton is deliberately setting desperate people up to fail," Senator McKim said.

"There is simply not enough time for 7500 people to receive the legal advice they need and submit their applications on time."

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Greens call on government to protect the rights of Australian journalist

The Australian Greens today called on the Turnbull government to finally stand up for Julian Assange, an Australian citizen and journalist persecuted for publishing.

"For seven years the Australian Greens have protested the inaccurate and prejudicial statement made about WikiLeaks and Mr Assange by the Gillard government, as well as the inaction of the Rudd, Abbott and Turnbull governments," Australian Greens Co-deputy leader and communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Killing great white sharks does not make our oceans safer

The Liberal party’s unanimous motion to remove great white sharks from the protected species list so they can be slaughtered is ludicrous and should be ignored by the Environment Minister, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“This is an ignorant response. The Liberals have once again entered a fact free zone.

“White sharks are essential to a healthy marine eco system and slaughter of these creatures will not ensure safety of ocean users.

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Greens support calls for a Royal Commission into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed reports that an open letter has been signed by 100 academics urging the Federal Government to establish a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability.

“There was a large body of evidence to our senate inquiry on the level of violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential care.

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Local jobs must be guaranteed in ship building plan

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to implement local employment targets to ensure South Australians are prioritised for the thousands of jobs expected to be created in ship building from 2021.

“We’re being told it’s going to rain jobs in South Australia in 2021, but we’re in a drought at the moment. With a project that’s offering thousands of jobs, in a state where we have almost 60,000 people out of work, it is important that we look to supporting locals winning these jobs first and foremost,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens stand with students protesting against uni cuts

The Australian Greens stand in solidarity with students protesting around the country today against the government's harsh university cuts.

"This government's attacks on students will not go unnoticed and will not go unchallenged," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Greens stand in solidarity with students protesting against these cruel and unnecessary cuts.

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Manus documents show torture is government policy

Documents showing a plan to make conditions worse for people in Australia's Manus Island detention centre are proof that the torture of innocent people seeking asylum is Australian government policy.

"Punishing people and subjecting them to degradation to coerce an outcome fits squarely within the definition of torture," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"The Australian government, and the private contractors it has employed, are in clear breach of their legal and moral obligations."

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