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ANZ in Laos: banking on poverty

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

If you think ANZ is not too good on customer service and could improve its operations it is be worth your time to check out what this bank is up to far beyond Australian shores.

I have just returned from two days visiting the site of the Theun-Hinboun Dam Expansion Project in central Laos where ANZ is one of the three main financiers. From what I saw this international bank has no sense of corporate social responsibility.

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Mekong dams - generating controversy

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

I'm in Laos looking at dam construction plans on the Mekong and its tributaries. With Australian foreign aid money and Australian companies involved this is an issue that warrants more attention from our government and media.

Laos has been promised billions of dollars in foreign currency earnings from the sale of energy from a string of dams funded by overseas aid and private investment.

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Greens welcome Obama and call for parliamentary debate on US military build-up

"The Greens are looking forward to joining the welcome for President Obama," Australian Greens Leader Senator Brown said today.

"It will be so refreshing. Quite different to the visit of George W Bush," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

Senator Brown also called for a parliamentary debate on the build-up of US military personnel, equipment and training in Australia.

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Bring Australian soldiers home safely from Afghanistan

Greens Leader Bob Brown today joined all Australians in wishing the injured soldiers a speedy recovery and urged the Gillard government to bring Australian troops home safely from Afghanistan.

"Unlike the Government or the Opposition, the Greens continue to call for Australian Defence Force personnel in Afghanistan to be brought home safely as soon as possible. A debate will be held in both houses of parliament on 21 November and we will be strongly putting that point of view," Senator Brown said.

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Breast cancer in Gaza motion supported by Greens, Labor and Coalition MPs

A campaign aimed at assisting women in Gaza who face difficulty accessing breast cancer treatment has received Senate support after a motion proposed by women Senators from the Greens, Labor and Coalition parties was passed today (full motion below).

“It’s shocking that while the five year survival rate for Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer is 80 per cent, it sits at 40 per cent for women living in the Gaza Strip,” Greens Senator and spokesperson for women Lee Rhiannon said.

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