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Senate passes Greens/Xenophon motion on PFC contamination

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the support of the Senate in calling on the Turnbull government to publicly disclose how the $55 million funding package promised for PFC remediation has been spent, and to pay for residents living in Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash under similar contamination conditions to those inside the Red Zone to be connected to town water.

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Defence cash splash obliterates future budget surpluses

Greens Defence and Finance Spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has released analysis from the Parliamentary Library showing that the new Defence spending outlined in yesterday’s White Paper has obliterated future budget surpluses.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Scott Morrison’s and Mathias Cormann’s ‘credible path to surplus’ appears to have taken a detour via the South China Sea.

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More money for military hardware despite no change to threat level

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Reports today about the Defence White Paper suggest that the paper will indicate that the threat level to Australia remains unchanged, yet somehow the Government has decided to continue to ramp up their Defence spending.

"I was expecting to see evidence of the fingerprints of the new Prime Minister and Defence Minister but the reports indicate the government is continuing to pursue Abbott-era policy settings. 

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Parliament must debate any military engagement in Iraq - Greens

With reports coming out of the United States of possible Australian military involvement in Iraq and Syria, Greens Leader Christine Milne says it is essential that any decision to deploy our military is brought to the parliament.

"It is essential that PM Abbott commits immediately to bring any debate about the deployment of Australian military to the parliament for debate," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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