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Xenophon, don’t wheel and deal on welfare reform: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling on the Nick Xenophon Team to resist negotiations and oppose the welfare reform bill as a whole in the Senate. 

“I’m glad Rebekha Sharkie has called a spade a spade when it comes to this bill, saying the drug testing was ‘devoid of logic’ and other measures in the bill would leave vulnerable kids without food on the table”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Greens’ Medicinal Cannabis Bill removes barriers still blocking dying patient’s access

“The government is defying the will of the senate by blocking terminally ill patients from accessing the medicinal cannabis prescribed by a doctor”, Leader of the Australian Greens, Dr Di Natale said today.

“Ignorance and conservative ideology are getting in the way of patient care - it has to stop. Today I am introducing a Private Senators Bill – Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Amendment (Securing Patient Access) Bill 2017 – to the Senate that will secure terminally ill patient access to medicinal cannabis.

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Greens amendment calling for mandatory vehicle emissions and encouraging uptake of electric vehicles passes Senate

The Greens have today successfully amended the Government’s Liquid Fuel Emergency Bill to call on the Government to reduce Australia’s oil consumption.

Part of Australia’s international obligations under the International Energy Agency is to ensure we have 90 days worth of liquid fuel stocks. Australia has not met this obligation for over half a decade.

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Parliamentary Code for Respecting Cultural Diversity

Amendment to General Business Notice of Motion No. 447. As listed on pages 7-8 of today’s Notice Paper in the name of Senator Di Natale

To move—That the Senate acknowledges the proposal below for a code of conduct:

PARLIAMENTARY CODE FOR RESPECTING CULTURAL DIVERSITY

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The House of Representatives and the Senate have reached agreement on a Code of Conduct which is to apply to all members of Parliament.

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Manus settlement can’t compensate for Dutton’s harm

No amount of money can compensate for the harm that has been done and is still being done to Australia’s political prisoners on Manus Island, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“This is the largest human rights settlement in Australian history, but it is a pittance compared to the horrors inflicted on these men by the Labor and Liberal parties,” Senator McKim said.

“They have suffered horrendously and lost years of their lives. No amount of money can ever compensate for that.”

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PaTH program is resulting in suspended payments and exploitation

The coalition suspending payments of 1300 young people seeking income support because they did not take part in the first compulsory stage of the Governments PaTH program shows that a cruel and paternalistic approach to the social safety net persists. 

“PaTH was pitched as this amazing voluntary measure that would help young people get jobs and instead 1300 young people have had their payments suspended, which could result in homelessness and hunger”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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