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  • Greens say auditor reveals tough challenges for legal aid

    Victorian Greens Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, expressed concern that the Victorian Auditor-General’s report on Access to Legal Aid, has revealed that funding to Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) is based largely on the level of demand of 2008.

    The report confirms that there is a lack of appropriate up to date funding coupled with an increase in demand and this has resulted in VLA tightening eligibility for its most intensive and costly legal services.

  • Senate Committee begins public scrutiny of Abbott's budget cuts

    The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee will today begin two days of public hearings into the legislation enacting the Government's budget cuts to our income support system and payments.

    "The Committee is examining the two substantial Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bills, which deliver the Government's toughest and cruellest budget cuts, " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

  • Sydney Uni reputation damaged by coal mine funding

    Sydney University's $1 million investment in the controversial Whitehaven coalmine will mean enormous damage for the institution's reputation unless they move quickly to withdraw the investment and apologise to impacted Aboriginal elders and locals, the Greens have warned.

  • Airport access fee cap won’t address underlying issues

    Greens NSW Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi has welcomed reports that the station access fee for Sydney airport train stations will be capped at $21 per week for Opal card users, but says that real problem is the access fee itself.

    Dr Faruqi said:

    “A weekly cap is welcome news for airport workers and regular travellers, but the reality is that there shouldn’t be an access fee in the first place.

  • State Gov could save renewable projects

    Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the Mildura solar project shelved yesterday can be saved with action by the state government.

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