Foreign Affairs & Defence

The Greens want an independent Australian foreign policy with relationships with the rest of the world based on mutual respect. We believe that Australia can play an important role in standing up for human rights and democracy for all citizens. We think Australia should play a proactive role in promoting peace and ecological sustainability in the world through strong international agreements.


Labor makes wild claim Snowden and Manning are “not whistleblowers” as it defends spying on citizens

14 Aug 2013

The claim by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus that Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are not whistleblowers shows Labor’s desperation to justify its attacks on privacy.


Greens call for medical care for Australia’s Nuclear Veterans

10 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens have called for hundreds of Australian soldiers who were exposed to radiation from British nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s and ‘60s to automatically receive Veterans' Gold Card health care.


Australian Government must demand an inquiry into Cambodian election

01 Aug 2013

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd asking the government to show leadership in the Asia Pacific region by supporting calls for an independent investigation into election irregularities in last weekend's Cambodian elections. "Prime Minister Rudd should use his diplomatic and foreign affairs credentials by publicly standing up for the principle of free and fair elections in Cambodia," Senator Milne said.


British Nuclear Tests - 1984-85 Royal Commission

29 Jul 2013

British Nuclear Tests - 1984-85 Royal Commission


Talisman Sabre must halt bombing as civilians enter training area

23 Jul 2013

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says the US bombing of the Great Barrier Reef has sparked two peace protestors to enter the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area today to disrupt the Talisman Sabre training exercises.


Cover-up: Government buries evidence of data retention plan

19 Jul 2013

The Federal Government has refused to turn over any documents regarding its plans for a data retention scheme, rejecting in entirety a Freedom of Information request from Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.


Don't put Aussie troops at mercy of US diplomacy - Greens

10 Jul 2013

The Australian Greens have renewed calls for an accelerated withdrawal of Australian defence personnel from Afghanistan following news of ‪increased tensions between President Obama and President Karsai. 


Government admits it gave false answers on data retention plans

05 Jul 2013

The Attorney-General's Department has admitted it had legislation drafted for a data retention scheme, changing answers it previously provided to Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam in Senate Estimates hearings.

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