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PM must not trade away our health, our creative voice and our farmers

The Prime Minister must not trade away vital health and social policies in her enthusiasm to cooperate with the US government in Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement talks underway in Hawaii, the Australian Greens said today.

"The United States, which is driving this agenda, is coming back to get what it didn't succeed in getting through the US-Australia free trade agreement," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Steel package passed with Greens support

Greens MP and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed the passage of the Steel Transformation Plan Bill, but is disappointed Labor failed to back a Senate amendment to support the creation of clean energy jobs in the Illawarra and other regions.

The amendment would have required allocations of the $180 million for Bluescope steel to take into account the joint union-business Green Jobs Illawarra Action Plan.

"This package will help protect jobs and assist in a transition to a cleaner economy," Mr Bandt said.

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Red-letter day in fight against warming

Today will be a great day for Australians who have waited years for their government to take our warming planet seriously.

After years of talk and a few backward steps, the Senate will pass a suite of legislation that will put a price on pollution from July next year.

Australians - who in 2007 and 2010 voted for politicians to back widespread community support for taking action - will be able to finally say that most of their elected representatives listened and acted.

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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