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Senate committee tables report on transvaginal mesh implants

Rachel Siewert 28 Mar 2018

The Senate Community Affairs References committee has tabled its report on the risks and impacts of transvaginal mesh implants, which have been carried out since the late 1990’s to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women.

“Many women who have had transvaginal mesh implants have had devastating complications resulting in ongoing emotional trauma, embarrassment, shame, depression, debilitating pain, recurring infection and a poor quality of life.

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The BCA leaks expose business contempt for transparency and in the process help kill off the Government's radical corporate handout agenda

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Greens to artists: your rights are our priority

“While the Greens support digital innovation and regulation, we’re never going to support throwing creative artists under the bus,” Greens arts spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Our message to creative artists is unequivocal. We’re here to ensure the law empowers you, enables you, enhances you and emboldens you. The law should never impoverish you. Laws that hurt you hurt us, and we’ll fight them with you, shoulder to shoulder, day in, day out,” she said.

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Greens call for inquiry into Matt Canavan who is just a puppet of the coal lobby

“We should be having an inquiry into why Matt Canavan could possibly keep insisting that burning coal is a beautiful thing, when it is responsible for the climate change that is already destroying lives and livelihoods.

“The coal lobby buys our political parties and politicians, who then push dangerous policies like this, sacrificing the lives and livelihoods of everyday people in the name of corporate profit.

“The majority of Australians want our governments to back clean renewable energy.

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Turnbull's Trump-like company tax cuts dead in the water: Greens

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale today said the Liberal government's failure to secure the votes needed to pass its Trump-like company tax cuts means they're dead in the water. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirmed in the Senate earlier this evening that they have only managed to secure 37 votes and that the legislation will not be brought before the Senate until later this year.  

"Malcolm Turnbull and his government's Trump-like company tax cuts are dead in the water," Senator Di Natale said.

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Greens respond to Infrastructure Australia list, say infrastructure planning and funding must prioritise public transport to reduce pollution and congestion

Responding to Infrastructure Australia’s latest priority list release, the Greens say that transport infrastructure decisions and funding must prioritise public transport if we are to unclog our cities and reduce pollution in the long term.

“Infrastructure Australia has included a number of public transport priorities on their priority list, and governments must get those congestion-busting projects moving before turning our cities into a tangled mess of freeways,” said Senator Janet Rice, federal Greens transport spokesperson.

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Greens slam Victorian and federal governments extension of logging agreements to 2020

Janet Rice 27 Mar 2018

The Greens have condemned Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Daniel Andrews signing off on two year extensions of three of the state's Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) for the East Gippsland, Central Highlands and North East Regions.

RFAs give loggers guaranteed supplies of timber from our forests and exempts them from federal environmental laws. This extension preserves the status quo and does nothing to protect forests from destructive logging.

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Statement from Sarah Hanson-Young on SA Greens preselection

It’s terrific that we have passionate Greens members who are keen to put their hand up and participate in our democratic party processes. The wonderful thing about our party is that any and every member has the opportunity to throw their hat in the ring for preselection and it is our members who vote for our elected representatives. Our members are the heart and soul of our party.

I will be seeking their support to recontest the Senate race and represent them at the next election.

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Greens to push for Marine Reserve disallowance after consultation with environment movement

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