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  • Greens demand an end to doomed Freight Link farce

    The Australian Greens have formally asked the federal government to call off the senseless waste of more than a billion dollars on the Perth Freight Link, as the Barnett Government’s increasingly incoherent project planning continues to unravel.

    Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens deputy leader and Senator for WA made the call in a budget estimates committee.

  • Big parties’ failure to support domestic violence leave is abhorrent

    The Australian Greens have long called for domestic violence leave and are disappointed at the big parties' failure to back the ACTU's proposal.

    Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

    "It's deeply disappointing that both big parties appear to be rejecting the ACTU's proposal for domestic violence leave, championed by our brave, determined Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty.

  • Labor must not allow Abbott’s slash and burn Renewable Energy Target

    The Australian Greens are calling on Labor to abandon its deal to cut the Renewable Energy Target, which was introduced to parliament today and allows for the burning of native forests.

    "This is Bill Shorten's first big test on the environment, and it's time to walk away from this deal. Burning native trees is not renewable energy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

    "This deal is bad for the climate, bad for jobs, and a disaster for the environment.


    With Bill Shorten announcing that he will introduce his own marriage equality bill on Monday, and with existing bills from Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator David Leyonhjelm, it is now time for all parties wanting to end discrimination in marriage to work together on a common goal.

    The Australian Greens are calling for a cross party meeting to be held on Monday 1 June to discuss strategies that will ensure that marriage equality is secured for all Australians.

  • Greens reintroduce Bill to scrap Alcoa's FOI exemption

    Two weeks ago, Alcoa announced that its coal mine and power plant at Anglesea will close its doors. The community is now wondering how the mine will be rehabilitated, to ensure it’s safe and the environment is protected. Unfortunately, Alcoa is still exempt from Freedom of Information laws, which means the community has no right to ask questions and receive answers about Alcoa’s rehabilitation plans. That’s why this week the Greens have reintroduced a bill to end Alcoa’s exemption from FOI laws.


With the dawn of the 2015 budget, it’s clear that students, university staff and the progressive left will again have to take up the fight against university fee deregulation. 

It’s been a big few weeks for the Australian Greens: leadership change, Budget week and then straight into the inaugural National Council. Good thing we’re nimble.

It’s been a huge fortnight in the federal parliament and I’m proud and excited to be writing to you for the first time as the leader of the Australian Greens.

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