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Wonnarua Traditional Owners defeat Glendell continuation project

Dorinda Cox 28 Oct 2022

The Wonnarua peoples connection to the Ravensworth homestead and surrounding estate has defeated Glencore’s proposed mine expansion.

The area holds important significance to Traditional Owners as the site of several massacres of First Nations peoples since the 1820s, being described as “hallowed ground”.

The NSW Independent Planning Commission has rejected the Glendell continuation project and subsequent moving of the homestead due to the impact on First Nations cultural heritage.

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West Australia left to foot the bill for fossil fuels

Dorinda Cox 27 Oct 2022

West Australian energy prices are rising and everyday people are paying the price. 

Fossil fuel companies are making windfall profits but instead of taxing them appropriately, governments are giving them handouts to export our resources.

Research shows that when adjusted for inflation. Fossil fuel exporters are paying less Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT) than they were 15 years ago.

Lines attributable to Greens spokesperson for resources, Yamatji-Noongar Woman Senator Dorinda Cox:

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Industrial Relations bill must put workers and carers first

New industrial relations laws must work for women and carers and lift the wages of the low paid, the Greens say, as the government introduces their industrial relations bill to the House. The Greens vote will be essential for the bill to pass through the Senate.

Evidence from months of hearings and over 100 submissions before the Select Committee on Work and Care showed that 5 million people are currently trying to balance work with caring responsibilities. 

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Greens call on Government to uphold Human Rights in Iran

The Australian Greens remain deeply concerned about the ongoing situation in Iran and are in solidarity with the protestors in Iran. We will always protect the right to protest.  And we will always fight for people's rights to choose their dress, their partner, their religion, their career, and what they do with their bodies. The Iranian authorities' suppression of the rights of women, LGBTIQA+ people, and other minorities, including the Bahai, must end. 

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Greens Call for Continuation of 20 Subsidised Psychology Appointments

Lines attributable to Greens Spokesperson for Health and Mental Health, Jordon Steele-John:

“Labor’s budget fails to address the mental health crisis that so many in our community are feeling right now. 

“People are unable to get the mental health support they need. We know that the availability of local services, long waitlists, and the cost are major barriers to people getting mental health supports. 

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Greens flag student debt bill as inflation soars

Greens Deputy Leader and Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi will today give notice of a private senator’s bill that abolishes indexation on all education and training loans – effectively freezing existing student debt – and raises and ties the minimum repayment income to the median wage.

Student debt has grown rapidly over the last decade, from $25.5 billion in 2012 to more than $68.7 billion in 2021.

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Paid FDV Leave passes the Senate, finally!

Larissa Waters 26 Oct 2022

The Greens welcome passage of the Bill to give employees access to 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave. It is a long overdue reform that will save lives. 

But a lack of new funding in last night’s Budget means frontline response and prevention services will struggle to meet the expected increase in demand. 

Lines attributable to Senator Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on Women

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Adam Bandt MP - Budget Reply Speech

Adam Bandt 26 Oct 2022

The cost of everything is going up but wages and incomes are going backwards. 

People are going backwards. 

Billionaires and politicians, they get a $9,000 tax cut in Labor’s Budget. Clive Palmer gets a tax cut. Gina Reinhart gets a tax cut. Everyone in this House gets a tax cut.

$254 billion of tax cuts for billionaires and the very wealthy.  

But real cost of living relief for everyone else is delayed.

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No buck for the bang in ‘women-centred’ budget

Larissa Waters 26 Oct 2022

Labor’s Women’s Budget Statement outlines the problems women face, but offers very little when it comes to delivering the solutions women need.

On top of waiting years for half-measures on PPL and childcare, women are offered partial indexation rather than a funding boost for frontline services, while billionaires and big corporations get massive handouts and tax cuts.  

Lines attributable to Greens leader in the Senate and spokesperson on Women, Larissa Waters

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