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Indigenous spending plan flawed from the beginning: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the government to fundamentally change its approach to funding policies relating to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, to prevent millions more being wasted on ineffective programs.

The call comes in response to news that the programs being funded in Aboriginal communities are not effective, despite the government spending $3.5 billion dollars annually.

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Green Bans’ Anniversary a Reminder Heritage Sites Must be Future-Proofed

Penny Wright 22 Jul 2011

The 40th anniversary of the Green Bans in Sydney is a timely moment to celebrate the work of these activists, Greens’ Heritage spokesperson Senator Penny Wright says.

One of the founding fathers of the Builders Labourers’ Federation, Jack Mundey, will tomorrow speak at an SA Greens’ Politics in the Pub event at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel to talk about the role of community organisations in building and fostering community spirit and what this means in a low carbon economy.

“Jack Mundey is a living example of community activism at its best,” Ms Wright said.

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James Price Point

Senator SIEWERT & Senator LUDLAM: To move:
That the Senate—

(a) condemns the heavy handed tactics of the Western Australian Government which has instructed Western Australian police to forcibly remove locals from the road blockade at James Price Point, arresting elderly women, traditional owners and custodians;

(b) acknowledges the concern in the Broome community about the regional impact of the Browse development at James Price Point; and

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Laborials turn backs on Tarkine

Both the Government and Coalition must explain why they both today denied an urgently-needed World Heritage assessment of the Tarkine, despite supporting it almost five years ago, says Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

Labor and Coalition senators today voted down a motion tabled by Senator Milne calling on the government to uphold an undertaking made by the Howard government asking the Australian Heritage Council to review the Tarkine's World Heritage values.

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Kimberley heritage assessment must be completed - Greens

The Australian Greens say Environment Minister Tony Burke must make a final decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley before beginning any environmental assessments of the proposed James Price Point gas hub.

Minister Burke today announced that his decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley would be pushed back to 30 August 2011.

“This is not the first time that this decision has been postponed,” Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Scott Ludlam 30 May 2011


Environment and Communications Committee Wednesday 25 May 2011


Senator LUDLAM: Most of my questions are on heritage and the heritage budget, although I would like to start by acknowledging the wonderful work done by Environment Victoria and Friends of the Earth, in part based on Commonwealth grants. They get a lot done with a very small budget. I want to draw the officer's attention to the heritage budget in particular and whether you can confirm that the division has indeed been cut in terms of total funding by about 31 per cent across the forward estimates.

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Burke must initiate Tarkine world heritage assessment

The federal Minister for Environment must explain why a review of the Tarkine's world heritage values was never made despite a pledge to do so almost five years ago, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

In 2007 a motion by former Democrats Senator, Andrew Bartlett, to recommend the Tarkine be assessed for world heritage values was passed by both major parties.

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