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Victims of sexual assault and harassment must be supported: Greens

The Australian Greens are encouraging universities to adopt the guidelines for sexual assault and harassment put forward by Universities Australia today.

“Sexual assault and harassment is all too common on university campuses and in colleges. The Australian Greens hope Universities Australia’s report will help set a new standard for the way universities help victims of sexual assault and harassment,” Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull and Tudge should stop dividing

The Turnbull Government should stop punishing and demonising migrants if it wants to help people settle in Australia, Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Turnbull, Tudge and Dutton should put their money where their mouths are if they want to help migrants settle in Australia,” Senator McKim said.

“They have cut support for asylum seekers, tried to make citizenship more difficult, and consistently embraced the hateful agenda of One Nation.”

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The Greens’ plan to protect takayna/Tarkine

The Greens have a plan to protect takayna/the Tarkine in a National Park that is owned and run by Aboriginal Tasmanians.

Greens candidate for Braddon Jarrod Edwards said takayna is a place of incredible importance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people and indeed all people who visit it.

“As custodians of this land we encourage sustainable and well balanced management and use of our home lands so that future generations can enjoy and learn from them as we continue to do,” Mr Edwards said.

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Greens welcome ACTU climate action

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on climate and energy, Adam Bandt MP, has welcomed the ACTU’s adoption at its National Congress of a strong platform for action on climate change.

Mr Bandt said the support for an Energy Transition Authority to oversee the shift away from coal to renewable energy, including supporting the transition for workers and communities, was particularly welcome and mirrored the Greens’ policy for a ‘Renew Australia’ authority.

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Five years of indefinite offshore detention

Five years of offshore detention is five years too long, Greens Immigration Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“There are many hundreds of people still suffering on Manus Island and Nauru because of Labor’s cowardice and the Liberals’ cruelty,” Senator McKim said.

“There are children who were born in offshore detention who have spent their whole lives in exile.”

“Labor locked them up, and the Liberals threw away the key.”

“How much longer must people suffer before the bipartisan cruelty of offshore detention is stopped?”

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AEMO report shows only ‘6 coal-fired power stations’ will be left: Bandt

Despite government spin, the electricity market operator’s plan released today shows a future with almost no coal-fired power is coming, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.

The supporting data behind the Integrated System Plan, released by the Australian Energy Market Operator today, shows that the National Energy Market could be almost 85% renewable by 2040, with only 7.25 GW of coal power – the equivalent of about 6 large-scale plants – left in Australia by 2040.

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Greens welcome Uniting Church decision allowing equal marriage

Janet Rice 15 Jul 2018

The Australian Greens have warmly welcomed the Uniting Church decision to allow ministers to marry LGBTIQ couples.

“This is a great step forward by the Uniting Church and I would like to extend my thanks and congratulations from the Australian Greens,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

“Love is at the heart of Christianity - this decision from the Uniting Church is a reflection of that and will be welcomed by thousands of LGBTIQ Uniting Church members and the broader community.”

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Time to end the import of ‘fake’ Aboriginal Art

The Australian Greens have announced today (Friday) they will introduce legislation to ban the import and sale of fake Aboriginal art, to overhaul the way Aboriginal art is marketed and sold, ensure its authenticity and protect the artists who produce it.

“For too long, Aboriginal artists have been ripped off and consumers have been duped by souvenirs imported to Australia from places like Indonesia and China where it is cheap to produce,” Greens arts and trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor locks in behind cruelty

Comments from both Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese confirm Labor has abandoned all compassion on refugee policy, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“This confirms Labor’s total capitulation and moral cowardice,” Senator McKim said.

“The figureheads of Labor’s left and right factions are now on a unity ticket with Peter Dutton and Pauline Hanson.”

“There are still hundreds of men, women and children languishing in indefinite offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru, having been sent there by the Labor Party five years ago.”

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