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Labor putting Pauline Hanson first: Greens to test Labor on trade and jobs

The Greens have called on Labor to ditch their embrace of Hanson rhetoric and instead of dog-whistling outside of Parliament, back the Greens in Parliament by committing to ditch the Trans-Pacific Partnership and legislating to protect local jobs. The Greens will test Labor’s mettle in Parliament in coming weeks. 

“Trade deals have become deals for corporations, not people. This has to change and we can start by knocking off the dodgy Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Greens Trade & Finance spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Trump Presidency must end Australia’s TPP push

The Australian Government should immediately end all moves towards ratifying the Trans Pacific-Partnership Agreement (TPP) in light of Donald Trump being elected as the president of the United States, the Australian Greens have said.

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It would be extremely foolish to continue down the path towards any form of enabling legislation or ratification of the TPP in Australia, considering the circumstances.

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NAB decision to ban political donations puts spotlight on Turnbull/Shorten failure

The decision of the National Bank of Australia to ban political donations and reports that ANZ may follow further highlights the failure of the major parties to give leadership on the urgent issue of electoral reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Now that the Coalition and Labor have been shown up by NAB they should at least announce they will no longer take donations from the big banks,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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PM begging for TPP trade agreement against Aus interest

Malcolm Turnbull should stop begging the United States to pass the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership and instead act in the national intrust by opposing the deal, the Australian Greens have said.

"This deal will drive the cost of cancer drugs through the roof and make Australian taxpayers vulnerable to being sued by foreign companies," the Greens' Finance and Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move: That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 February 2017: The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, with particular reference to the impact of the agreement on:

(a) Australia's economy and trade;

(b) Australia's domestic labour market testing obligations and laws regarding wages, conditions and entitlements of Australian workers and temporary work visa holders;

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Youth Unemployment crisis: training, jobs needed

The Australian Greens have called on government and business to outline a path towards reigning in the growing youth unemployment rate in Australia.

"Soaring youth unemployment is a major issue facing our nation," the Greens' Finance and Youth spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Rather than beating up on young people, calling them lazy and taking away essential income support, the government should be building them a genuine pathway towards employment.

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UK/Australia trade negotiations should face public scrutiny

The Australian Greens have called on the Turnbull government to end the secrecy around trade negotiations and ensure that any potential deal between the UK and Australia is offered up for public scrutiny before it is agreed to.

"The Australian people deserve to have a say in these significant and secretive international trade deals," the Greens Finance and Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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