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Greens Welcome Bishop's Syria Withdrawal Suggestion

The Greens have welcomed the surprise suggestion by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that the US and Russia consider military withdrawal from the Syrian conflict.

“This is an important recognition that the path to peace in Syria lies through military draw-down rather than persisting with endless escalation,” Greens defence spokesman Senator Ludlam said. 

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Pretty speeches abroad, human rights violations at home

The Prime Minister's pitch for UN Human Rights Council Membership appears to be operating in a parallel universe, the Australian Greens said today.

"Australia's own record of human rights violations is facing international condemnation like never before, and until the bipartisan race to the bottom ceases, the Government has no hope of making a persuasive case for Membership," Acting Greens leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Senator Lee Rhiannon gives support for Women’s Boat to Gaza

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has given her full support for the Women’s Boat to Gaza, set to sail from its port in Barcelona this week. The Women’s Boat to Gaza is the latest initiative of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. 

Greens MPs David Shoebridge and Dr Mehreen Faruqi have also given their support. 

“The blockade of Gaza – jointly maintained by Israel and Egypt – is nearly a decade old and the reality of life for Palestinians living in this enclave is devastating. 

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Greens welcome Mao concerts cancellation

The Australian Greens have congratulated activists in Sydney and Melbourne for their successful campaign to cancel concerts celebrating the reign of Mao Zedong.

"Many people in the Chinese Australian community stood up against these concerts, and we share in their gratitude to both venues for listening to these concerns," Greens Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Australian Greens statement on Nice attack

Our thoughts are with the people of France after another shocking act of violence towards their peaceful country.

On behalf of the Australian Greens I extend our sincere condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and all those who will be forever changed by what they experienced today.

This horrendous crime occurs at a time when the world is still reeling from the senseless acts of violence in Istanbul and Dallas. In the face of attacks like this we must strengthen our commitment to peaceful democracy, respect for diversity and building cohesion in our global community.

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Greens welcome UN court decision on South China Sea

The Greens have welcomed the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling that China’s attempts to claim territorial rights in the South China Sea have no basis, and called on all parties to the brewing conflict to abide by this decision.

“Peace and stability in our region will only be achieved if all parties to the South China Sea conflict respect the decision of the Court,” said Greens foreign affairs spokesperson and co-deputy leader Scott Ludlam.

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Desperate Turnbull launches Brexit fear campaign

"The Australian Greens respect the vote of the British people today but we share in the disappointment of our UK Greens colleagues who campaigned strongly for the UK to remain in the EU," said Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"The result highlights the need to bring people together if we want to be an outward focussed and confident nation that works for the common good.

"Instead the Prime Minister is launching another scare campaign to further lower the tone of an election campaign that is near rock bottom.

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