17 Jan 2013
As parents, we expect that the people caring for and educating our children will be well qualified. Currently this just isn’t the case and it needs to be fixed.
07 Feb 2012
Bring dental care into Medicare
One in three Australians say they can’t afford to go to the dentist, or delay going to the dentist because of the cost.
08 Dec 2010
The Australian Services Union, on behalf of 200,000 workers in the Social and Community sector, has lodged an Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) with Fair Work Australia. The ERO seeks to address the wage inequality between workers in the community sector as compared to those in similar roles within Government and For-Profit sectors. The Union is asking for pay rises of between 14-50%, bringing the predominantly female industry to parity with the Government and the for-profit sector.
Workers driving the Campaign for Equal Pay are those in the Social and Community Sector – careers, disability support workers, youth workers, counsellors and domestic violence support workers. 87% of workers in this sector are women, most in low-paid jobs, providing invaluable support to some of the most vulnerable people in our community in what are intellectually and emotionally strenuous roles. These workers fall under the Social and Community Sector (SACS) award classification.
07 Nov 2011
Moments we can truly celebrate in the campaign to tackle the climate crisis are few and far between, but tomorrow is one of those moments.
The fossil fuel industry has spent millions of dollars trying to prevent and delay climate action. Tony Abbott has run a massive scare campaign, backed by his cheer squad in the Murdoch press. But tomorrow morning the Senate will pass into law the Clean Energy Future Package that the Greens put on the political agenda and negotiated with the government.
My Green Senate colleagues will be voting 'aye' tomorrow morning - add your voice to those in the Senate below.
This most recent journey started in January 2010, when, after the collapse of the failed CPRS, the Greens suggested starting an emissions trading scheme with a fixed price to break the deadlock over targets. The government chose to sideline that proposal at the time, but when they found themselves with Greens in balance of power in both houses after last year’s election, they signed an agreement with us to deliver a carbon price mechanism in this period of government.
Through the Multi-Party Climate Committee that was established as part of that agreement, we negotiated a package which puts a price on pollution and invests billions of dollars in clean, renewable energy, energy efficiency and protecting our magnificent forest carbon stores.
Critically, this package is designed to be strengthened as time goes on, with opportunities to lift our ambition closer to what the science demands every single year. In a very real way, tomorrow’s vote is only the first step – we now need to work harder than ever to build the political will for deep cuts in pollution and the shift to 100% renewable energy. Only then will the framework we’ve set up in these bills really come into their own.
The Clean Energy Future Package would not have happened without the hard work of climate scientists, policy experts and, of course, the community. Without the thousands of rallies and public meetings, hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions and the millions of Australians who voted for climate action, we would not have reaching this critical point.
We want to share this moment with you, so please add your name to the 'ayes' tomorrow morning..
19 Aug 2009
The Greens have been calling for review of our anti-terrorism laws since well before the Rudd government was elected. Rammed through our Parliament in 2005, the Howard-Ruddock anti-terrorism laws demand urgent review and overhaul rather than strengthening, because of how seriously they undermine our human and civil rights.
A 448-page National Security Legislation Discussion Paper on Australia's anti-terrorism legislation was introduced to the parliament by the Attorney General Robert McClelland on 12 August 2009. It is open for comment until 25 September 2009.
25 Jan 2013
Last year the Greens launched a bill to reform Country of Origin Labelling to provide a level playing field for our farmers, by making it easy for you to identify Australian grown food when you’re sho
09 Mar 2012
The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a trade agreement being negotiated between Australia, the USA, New Zealand, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
02 Sep 2011
On Wednesday the High Court made a landmark ruling against Government’s Malaysian people swap deal.
Some people are now criticising the court and the lawyers who took the case. But many Australians want to thank those involved in taking it on.
In fact, they’ve done this on behalf of compassionate Australians who always knew the government’s move was wrong.
Australia should never have entered into a deal with a country where rights could not be guaranteed.
With the majority of Australians outraged over the Malaysia deal, particularly the expulsion of unaccompanied children, this decision is testament the hard work of the legal team led by Debbie Mortimer SC and David Manne.
Please add your thanks to the work of the legal team in upholding the rule of law, and Australia’s obligations to vulnerable people.
Off-shore processing is a policy which defies common sense because it is not a deterrent, is expensive to maintain and merely breaks already fragile people.
It’s time for the major parties to abandon offshore processing.
After 10 years of failed policies, a new approach is needed.
Let the legal team know that there is support for an alternative.
17 Dec 2008
On Monday, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd raised the white flag of surrender on climate change when he announced an emissions reduction target for Australia of just 5% below 2000 levels (4% below 1990 levels).
On Tuesday, Australians gathered in capital cities to begin the community campaign to tell Kevin Rudd: ‘No surrender on climate change'.