Senator Penny Wright speaking on the Australian Education Amendment Bill (2014): "I want to assure everyone listening to this speech—every teacher, every parent and every student—that the Australian Greens are committed to a well-resourced public schooling system with genuine needs-based funding. We are watching this government closely and we will fight to preserve the hard-won Gonski reforms."
I rise to speak on this matter of public importance about our Prime Minister's continued denial of the reality of climate change and his continued mealy-mouthed approach to meeting our global responsibilities to assist countries that will suffer from our profligate use of fossil fuels. I am from Queensland, where it has been obvious to all both observing and protesting against the Prime Minister's refusal to put climate change on the G20 agenda that he was totally out of step with the world and out of step with community expectations. Of course, when China and the US reached agreement on emissions targets the Prime Minister was totally gazumped and shown for the laggard and the spoiler that he is.
The Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, addresses the Senate on a Matter of Public Importance relating to the embarrassment caused by the Abbott Government to Australia on the global stage by the Prime Minister's climate denial and refusal to commit funds to the UN Green Climate Fund.
The Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, uses Question Time in the Senate to ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister whether the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will still be scrapped, given the corporation was cited by PM Abbott as an excuse for refusing to contribute to the Green Climate Fund.
The Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, addresses the parliament as the Abbott government introduces their bill for Direct Action. Senator Milne explains why we need genuine action on climate change, instead of wasting taxpayers' money to reward the big polluters.