The Senate Inquiry into the extent of income inequality in Australia begins public hearings in Melbourne today. Senator Rachel Siewert, Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee and Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services moved for the inquiry due to growing public concerns about inequality and the Government's budget measures.
Fair Protections for Firefighters legislation is set to become an election issue following the defeat of the the Greens motion today.
"Today I called on all parties to protect our firefighters who get cancer from their work within 6 months of the election this November. The Napthine Liberal-National Government refused," said Victorian Greens spokesperson on emergency services Colleen Hartland.
Greens MP Sue Pennicuik last week told State Parliament that Animal Liberation, the RSPCA and the Humane Society International were vehemently opposed to jumps racing which she described as a blight on Victoria.
The Australian Greens said today that they supported efforts to hold a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at or before the next federal election, reflecting the view of the Joint Select Committee.