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Susiya must stand: Australia must break its silence

The Greens have urged Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to join with her counterparts in the United States and the EU in calling on Israeli authorities to not proceed with the wholesale demolition of the Palestinian village of Kirbet Susiya in the southern West Bank.

"The proposed destruction of this village is unjustifiable. It has sparked international attention and outrage, and it is time the Australian Government broke its silence," Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Greens statement on the anniversary of the MH17 disaster

A year ago today, the world was shocked when a passenger plane was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine.

The MH17 tragedy cost the lives of 283 passengers and 15 crew. 38 Australians were amongst those who lost their lives.

Our thoughts today are with the families in Australia and around the world whose lives were so terribly impacted by this event, and whose grief must be all too fresh.

The Greens continue to urge and hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, so that other families may be spared the pain and loss caused by this senseless act.

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Greens welcome further Australian aid for Nepal

Greens Leader Christine Milne says Nepal is still in crisis, almost a week after the earthquake hit, and Australia must do more to help.

"There's a huge amount of concern around our country right now. People are worried, they want to help. We all want to see more stories of survival," said Senator Milne.

"Australia can send more money, and I'm pleased the Foreign Minister has announced a further $5 million in aid funding . We should also send more military personnel and search and rescue capacity, as this is a role which the ADF is well equipped and experienced in.

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Greens call for new safeguards to protect against the death penalty

Greens Leader Christine Milne has proposed further actions in response to the Bali Nine executions and says the Australian Parliament must demonstrate its cross-party opposition to the death penalty with better safeguards to protect Australian citizens from state-sanctioned execution overseas.

"What happened to Myuran Sukumaran, Andrew Chan and other Australians before them must not happen again. We have a responsibility to do all we can to oppose the death penalty and protect people from it, wherever it exists," said Senator Milne.

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Statement from Greens Leader Christine Milne on the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

On behalf of the Australian Greens I express my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran, and the six other people who have been executed in Indonesia overnight.

Myuran and Andrew will be remembered for overcoming their past to live meaningful lives, even from prison, not just for the way they died.

Their actions over the past ten years were testament to their remorse, and have given many of their fellow prisoners an opportunity to live better lives.

It is a tragedy Andrew and Myuran were denied their own second chance.

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PM Abbott has no idea what success in Iraq would look like – Milne

Greens Leader Christine Milne says mission creep in Iraq has accelerated and Prime Minister Tony Abbott has committed troops to an unwinnable war.

"Tony Abbott continues to blindly follow the US further and further into the Iraq quagmire. He has absolutely zero idea of what success would look like," Senator Milne said.

"The Prime Minister says he will review the deployment after 12 months but against what criteria? What will constitute success or failure, what will determine whether we stay or come home?

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PM Abbott a coal lobbyist at international negotiations

Greens Leader Christine Milne says it's no surprise that Australian officials have been instructed to try to protect fossil fuel subsidies at the OECD.

"The Abbott government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the coal industry. There's no other way of looking at it," said Senator Milne.

"Anyone who was unsure if the government's attack on the Renewable Energy Target was anything other than attempt to prop up coal would now be in no doubt.

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Greens caution Cabinet on China bank

Tony Abbott's Cabinet is expected to make a formal decision to sign Australia up to the new Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank on Monday, but the Greens say tighter environmental and human rights standards must be agreed to first.

"Cabinet should not commit to joining the new bank until tighter environmental and human rights standards have been agreed to," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Greens honour service of ADF in Afghanistan

The Australian Greens today join the community in honouring the service of the men and women who served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper and welcome them home.

"Around Australia today people have come together to say thank you to all those who put their lives on the line in Afghanistan, and to honour their service, and I join them," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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