Greens spokesperson for whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on Japan’s efforts at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to reinstate their whaling program despite losing the International Court of Justice (ICJ) case against Australia.
Spending billions of dollars locking children in offshore detention slums and denying protection to as many refugees as possible is the disastrous legacy of the government's Operation Sovereign Borders, the Australian Greens have said.
"What we've seen from the Abbott government is a year of shocking cruelty," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
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.
Unless Labor and the Coalition stop canoodling up to coal barons and start pulling together a transition plan, the Hunter Valley community will be facing further job losses, said Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon.
“China’s announcement that it will move away from dirty coal is excellent for the environment and people’s health; however, the impact on the Hunter must be taken very seriously,” said Senator Rhiannon.