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People power can defeat TPP

The Greens stand with the Australian community in the fight to defeat the corporation-serving Trans Pacific Partnership.

“The Greens will fight tooth and nail to defeat this dodgy trade deal. This behind-closed-doors deal Malcolm Turnbull and his Trade Minister have signed Australia up to today is loathed by the community, who are well aware it was made by corporations, for corporations,” Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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There needs to be truth-telling about January 26 when City of Cockburn consults further

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has urged the City of Cockburn to include important information about the true history of January 26 when consulting with the community about changing the date of Australia Day celebrations. 

“Although the City of Cockburn has consulted with local Aboriginal peoples about the future of Australia Day celebrations who support changing the date, it was decided last night that more broader consultation should occur. 

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Commonwealth urged to work as a matter of urgency to achieve redress in WA

WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and Alison Xamon MLC welcome the Victorian and NSW Governments agreeing to sign up to a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse, but urge the Commonwealth to work closely with the McGowan Government to ensure that the scheme is rolled out in WA. 

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today: 

“It is great to see progress with Eastern states signing up to the national redress scheme - this means survivors will finally begin to receive the redress they have waited so long for. 

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Cuts to support payment for people seeking asylum

Peter Dutton’s cuts to support payments for people seeking asylum are cruel, punitive and unfair, Greens Immigration Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“This is a deeply unfair decision which could force people into poverty, homelessness and exploitative jobs,” Senator McKim said.

“It is a continuation of Dutton’s determination to punish migrants and undermine multiculturalism.”

“Many people affected by these cuts are studying, and all of them are trying to rebuild their lives.”

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Attack the pokies barons not people on welfare entitlements

GreensMPs 9 Mar 2018

The Greens spokesperson on gambling, Senator Andrew Bartlett has called the federal government hypocrites who are using pokie addiction as an excuse to attack people on welfare, while refusing to stand up to the billion-dollar, predatory gambling industry.

“We have silence from the government following revelations that Woolworths tells their staff to spy on patrons, gathering personal information in order to trick them into putting more money into pokies.

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Queensland Greens demand re-commitment to funding for remote housing

GreensMPs 9 Mar 2018

Queensland Greens Senator and spokesperson for the environment Andrew Bartlett is calling for an urgent overhaul of national environmental laws.

“Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act the federal government has the power to put land on the national critical habitat register, says Senator Bartlett.

“It doing so it can act to protect the habitat of endangered species.

“A new report today shows it has failed to do this ONCE in the past ten years.

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No government can be excused for discriminating against disabled Australians

GreensMPs 9 Mar 2018

The Australian Greens have praised a decision by the Australian Human Rights Commission denying the Queensland government a temporary exemption from the Disability Discrimination Act for their new rail network.

Disability rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has condemned the government’s attempt to weasel out of their obligation to disabled Australians to ensure access to their public transport network, and the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

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Greens call on Labor and Coalition to support bill to axe tampon tax

Janet Rice 7 Mar 2018

The Greens today welcomed Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek's comments that she wants to see the GST on menstrual hygiene products scrapped and called on Labor and the Coalition to support parliamentary action to axe the 'tampon tax'.

"The Greens are drafting a bill to fix this unfair and discriminatory tax, and we need Labor to get on board and support it," said Senator Janet Rice, Greens spokesperson for women.

"Tampons, pads and sanitary items aren't an optional luxury, so they shouldn't attract GST."

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South Australian Greens welcome Sea Shepherd to SA

The South Australian Greens have welcomed the Sea Shepherd crew aboard the M/Y Steve Irwin back to Adelaide, and pledge to fight to protect the Great Australian Bight from oil and gas drilling. 

“This pristine wilderness must be protected from multinational fossil fuels companies that put profits ahead of communities and the environment,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

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