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Greens urge Foreign Minister to act on Brunei’s new laws targeting LGBTQ+ people

Janet Rice 4 Apr 2019

The Australian Greens have written to the Foreign Minister Marise Payne to express deep concern over Brunei’s new laws that punish homosexual sex with death.

“Brunei’s new laws punishing homosexual sex with death are extremely concerning and a serious violation of basic human rights,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson.

“I urge the Australian government to put as much pressure on Brunei to immediately repeal these inhumane laws."

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Labor’s embarrassing vehicle emissions backflip shows their electric vehicle and emissions standards policies were written on the run, say the Greens

Labor’s backflip on forcing car dealers rather than manufacturers to reduce vehicle emissions shows their policy was written on the run, say the Greens.

“Putting the onus on car dealers rather than manufacturers was clearly unworkable and just demonstrates that Labor has cooked up this dog’s breakfast of a policy on the run,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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Greens slam WA Labor government’s extension to destructive native forest logging agreements

Janet Rice 4 Apr 2019

With the stroke of a pen rolling over last century’s destructive logging laws, WA Labor has signed the death warrant on threatened animals like the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum, say the Australian Greens.

“This rollover is the first by a Labor government. While federal Labor talks tall about strengthening federal environmental laws, the WA Labor government is allowing precious native forests to be destroyed for another 20 years,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens forests spokesperson.

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Greens Give Morrison Budget an 'F' on School Funding

Australian Greens Senator for NSW and Spokesperson for Education, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has given the Federal Budget an F on school funding and has accused the Morrison Government of turning its back on public school students and teachers.

Senator Faruqi said:

“This budget is an ‘F’ on school funding and shows that the Morrison Government has well and truly turned its back on students and teachers.  

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Budget infrastructure spending shows a complete lack of vision and porkbarrelling, say Greens

 The Morrison’s government’s infrastructure spending demonstrates a complete lack of vision and pre-election porkbarrelling to save the skin of incumbent Coalition MPs, say the Australian Greens.

“The centrepiece of the Government’s high-speed or “fast” rail policy, the perennial election sweetener that never materialises when one of the major parties forms government, is to fund another five feasibility studies, taking the total number to eight,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson.

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$400k in Budget for national EV strategy a joke, say Greens

The Morrison government’s $400,000 allocation for a national electric vehicle strategy in the Budget is an absolute joke, especially when they have allocated 25 times as much in luxury car rebates, say the Australian Greens.

“The staggeringly low $400,000 to roll out a national electric vehicle strategy is an absolute joke,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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