The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has backed the recommendation within the Harper Review into competition policy that calls for an “Independent and transparent analysis of the costs and benefits to Australia of any proposed IP provisions in trade negotiations [to] be undertaken to inform international trade negotiations”.
The Greens are calling for Infrastructure Victoria to have a health infrastructure planning unit and for reform of health performance reporting, in response to the Travis Review released today.
“It’s time to take the politics out of health infrastructure and service funding decisions,” said Victorian Greens Spokesperson for Health, Colleen Hartland MP.
The Australian Greens have called for an increased commitment to renewable energy from all levels of government in light of Alinta Energy's determination that a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta remains unfeasible at this stage.
Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Senator Penny Wright said South Australians overwhelmingly wanted renewable energy to replace dirty coal power.
Delay in Country of Origin labelling reform hurts Victorian farmers and food manufacturers
With reports that the Abbott government will not move to change country of origin food labelling laws until at least the end of the year, the Greens say there’s no reason for the delay.
Responding to the decision of the Group of Eight to end their support for the Abbott government university deregulation plan Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"Having pulled the plug on the Pyne higher education plan the Go8 should now throw their weight behind securing funding for our public universities.