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Morrison spins aged care royal commission but avoids the big issue - privatisation has failed

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt together with Greens Aged Care spokesperson Rachel Siewert have responded to the Prime Minister’s press conference about the long-awaited Royal Commission into Aged Care.
 
“What’s clear is that privatisation has failed older Australians. The 1997 Howard reforms have led to decades of disaster for aged care,” Bandt said.
 

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Liberals and Labor team up to kill privatisation inquiry

The Australian Greens have slammed Labor and Liberal for doing a deal to block the Greens’ inquiry into privatisation.
 
After Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, announced at the National Press Club the party’s plan for a wide-ranging inquiry into the failures of three decades of privatisation and corporatisation, Labor and Liberal did a deal to block the Greens and instead pass their own weaker inquiry that will shield their governments from scrutiny.
 
“Labor and Liberal are running a protection racket for privatisation,” Bandt said.

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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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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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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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Privatisation to put pressure on the reef and Queenslanders

The Newman Government’s plans to privatise ports and to weaken environmental impact assessment, revealed today, will put more pressure on the Great Barrier Reef than ever before, say the Australian Greens. 
                                           
“With coal ports in private hands and a lax process for assessing their environmental impacts, the Great Barrier Reef will be under more pressure than ever before,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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