Reports that a 24 year old Iranian man named Hamid has been declared brain dead in a Brisbane hospital because of reckless government negligence on Manus Island are extremely concerning, the Australian Greens have said.
"This is a tragedy that could and should have been avoided," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"Our thoughts are with Hamid, his friends and his family.
Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare, Sue Pennicuik MP will today speak to a petition presented to the parliament calling for an end to steeplechase and hurdle racing (jumps racing) in Victoria.
“Every season horses continue to suffer horrific injuries or are killed in jumps racing events in Victoria. Jockeys are also at risk and have suffered injuries from this deadly ‘sport’.
The State Government’s Skills for All funding has previously funded the VET music programs currently offered at the University of Adelaide including Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma of Music from the Elder Conservatorium program. These courses will not be funded from 2015.
Greens MLC Tammy Franks will today chair a public meeting at the Jade Monkey called to oppose the cuts.
The Greens have welcomed today’s announcement that the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) has decided to stop holding Jumps Racing events at its Morphettville racecourse.
Greens Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, said: “Punters and sponsors voted with their feet and their wallets against jumps racing in our state and finally the SAJC have acknowledged this. This is a victory for both common sense and common decency.