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Time to establish a national publicly owned electricity retailer

In a speech to the National Press Club the Leader of the Australian Greens, Dr Richard Di Natale, will today announce a plan to establish a national publicly owned electricity retailer, Power Australia, to increase competition in the National Electricity Market, drive down prices and support the transition to clean energy.

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Why Bill Shorten is no Jeremy Corbyn - AFR op-ed

Lee Rhiannon 4 Sep 2017

This appeared in The Australian Financial Review.

So Treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann look at Bill Shorten and see Jeremy Corbyn or Bernie Sanders, who are accused of being "socialist revisionists" and "the new romantics of protectionism". If only.

Bill Shorten is a milksop compared to Jeremy Corbyn. More on that in a moment.

Meanwhile, the Coalition's economic gurus claim the policies of the Liberal-National parties are "common sense" and not driven by ideology.

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Productivity Comm report backs a loser in promoting social housing privatisation

Lee Rhiannon 22 Sep 2016

Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon has rejected the Productivity Commission’s privatisation plan for social housing as it would be a recipe for hardship and increased inequality. 

The PC plan is set out in their report “Introduction Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services”.

“Introducing more competition and contestability did not work for vocational education and training and it will not work for social housing,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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PT funding fuelled by privatisation bribes to states

PT funding fuelled by privatisation bribes to states

The Greens say that while reports of federal investment in public transport would a positive step, the way the Turnbull government appears to be committing the funding is not in the public interest.

“It is disappointing that funding public transport is being made in exchange for the privatisation of vital public assets,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

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Keep big business out of the curriculum: Greens

Penny Wright 15 Oct 2014

Multi-national corporations should not be writing lesson plans for Australian classrooms, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said the Abbott Government's adoption of the US P-TECH model was a further step along the road to privatising public education.

"While the skills students are learning need to be relevant for 21st century jobs, our schools are not for sale - big business should not be writing the curriculum," Senator Wright said.

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Hockey misreads Senate on asset recycling

Hockey misreads Senate on asset recycling

"Joe Hockey's threat to ignore the Senate's wishes on asset recycling shows just how out of touch he is with the Australian people," said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure, Senator Janet Rice.

"The Senate has already had its say on the government's Asset Recycling Bill, and it is now clear that any attempt to attach the measures to an appropriations bill will fail."

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Extreme Coalition schemes to sell Australia Post and HECS debts herald the “Age of Unreason”

The Abbott Government is degenerating into extremism and harebrained schemes, the Greens warned today after the revelation the Coalition was considering privatising Australia Post and student debt.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government should rule out privatising Australia Post.

"Millions of Australians rely on Australia Post for an essential service - particularly with the now vast online retail sector. Privatisation will see corners cut and costs raised," said Senator Ludlam.

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