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Greens to amend JobMaker wage subsidy to block wage thieves & companies putting shareholders first

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP has today outlined his party’s amendments to the JobMaker wage subsidy package, calling upon Labor and the crossbench to support them. The Greens will move amendments that deny the scheme to corporations that have underpaid workers or that have recently paid dividends. The Greens will also move amendments to stop employers sacking people currently employed to take advantage of the scheme. The Greens have not resolved a final position on the Bill and are demanding to see the full details of the scheme first.

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Australian Greens build anti-racism strategy to combat rising alt-right hate

Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt, has today announced a portfolio redistribution that will see Lidia Thorpe and Mehreen Faruqi take on a new anti-racism strategy intended to counter Australia’s growing tide of far right nationalism and tackle systemic racism. 

The move comes as Lidia Thorpe attends her first Greens Party Room meeting as a Senator this Wednesday and ahead of a fuller redistribution of portfolios by Adam Bandt on Thursday.

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Bandt: Greens pitch Green New Deal to business leaders

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt, MP has reached out to the CEOs of Australia’s leading peak business and industry bodies to discuss the role industry can play in a Green New Deal.

“A Green New Deal may be government-led, but it is definitely good for business. It’s critical that we acknowledge tackling the climate crisis and reducing inequality isn’t just a matter for government. We need to make sure Australia’s employers are on board,” Bandt said.

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SA on a road to nowhere under Liberals

South Australians have been left high and dry under Scott Morrison’s pre-election budget.

 

“With no marginal seats to throw cash at, South Australia was always set to lose in this pre-election budget. And we will continue to lose out under a Liberal Party more concerned with political survival than what’s good for the country. All we’re left with after Tuesday’s fake budget is a massive hit to GST revenue and a bucket of empty promises,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

 

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Strong Greens result in NSW shows importance of bold progressive agenda, but re-introduction of far-right One Nation in the Parliament is a warning for Federal election

Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Senator for NSW, has congratulated and thanked Greens candidates, members and supporters for a strong Greens result in the NSW state election but has also warned of the challenges for the Federal election with the far right’s re-introduction in NSW parliament. The Greens have retained all their lower house seats with increased margins and are on track to electing two members to Upper House.

Senator Mehreen Faruqi said:

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Speech: Merchants of Hate

It seems that almost every day we are met with a new far-right conservative movement. The spectrum ranges from straight-up neo-Nazis, or fascists masquerading as libertarians, to the tinfoil hat brigade with their United Nations conspiracy theories. Some of them are in this very parliament. Collectively, I call these groups 'merchants of hate'. Perhaps 'charlatans' or 'quacks' would be better terms. They prey on the anxieties of Australians and offer solutions that are empty, hateful and divisive.

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Statement from Senator Hanson-Young regarding NSW police officer guilty plea

"In July, in the midst of the public debate regarding comments made by Senator Leyonhjelm about me, a NSW police officer called my office and made a vile threat towards my daughter," Senator Hanson-Young said.

 

“Vile threats such as these are unacceptable on every level. I am thankful that the police found the person responsible and he has been charged and pleaded guilty in court.

 

“This matter is deeply distressing for me, my family, and my staff. Everybody has the right to feel safe in their homes, their workplaces and their community.

 

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