The Australian Greens today launched the first part of their arts policy, which will reverse the Liberals’ attacks on the arts by restoring their funding cuts and invest an additional $270.2 million into the Australian arts sector. The Greens will commit to disbanding the controversial Catalyst fund run by the Ministry for the Arts and restoring the full funding the Liberal government cut from the Australia Council of the Arts.

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale today announced RenewQld – a plan to generate $53 billion in clean-energy investment in the state over the next 15 years.
In Brisbane today to officially launch the Greens Queensland federal election campaign, Senator Di Natale said:
“The Greens clean energy plan for Queensland will create between 3000 and 5500 full-time jobs in design and construction every single year from 2017 across Queensland, especially in regional areas.  

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale has announced the Greens plan to reorganise doctors’ incentives, to make Medicare work better for patients dealing with chronic disease.

"A system that better responds to chronic disease would improve the lives of millions of Australians, and ease pressure on our health system,” Senator Di Natale said.

The Australian Greens will today commit to funding the HIV prevention drug Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high-risk groups to reduce the risk of HIV transmissions.
“We have the chance to end HIV transmission in Australia. But until people at high risk get reliable access to affordable PrEP, we will continue to see avoidable HIV transmissions,” Australian Greens Leader Senator Di Natale said.
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Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale has made a commitment to support the health needs of Australians living in rural areas. 

The Australian Greens call for the development of a National Rural Health Plan that will establish key areas of need for remote Australians, like an appropriate health workforce for the future, and develop strategies to improve health outcomes.

Greens transport spokesperson Samantha Dunn says the Greens voted against on the spot fines when they were introduced and the Government's change of position is welcome.

"Labor voted for these on the spot fines, but have now backflipped. That's good," Samantha Dunn said.

Following the Reserve Bank’s estimate that the major banks in Australia receive implicit public support worth up to about $4 billion a year, Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to adopt the Greens’ proposal for a ‘Public Support Levy’ on the big four banks that would raise almost $15 billion of revenue over four years. The Customer Owned Banking Association has estimated that the support is worth $2.9 to $4.5 billion.

Greens Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed reports that Australia’s dirtiest coal fired power station, Hazelwood, may close, but warned that Federal and State governments urgently need to put in place polices to ensure an orderly retirement of coal fired powered stations and a transition for the affected communities.

Greens plan would secure long-term funding for domestic violence services for Victoria
The Australian Greens have announced a plan to provide long-term, secure funding for domestic violence services, which would see an estimated $1.25 billion boost to specialist services in Victoria.   

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook released today confirms there are bleak economic conditions ahead if the government continues with its fiscal policy. Mr Bandt said the time is ripe for governments to take advantage of low interest rates and responsibly increase borrowing to fund productive infrastructure, including clean, renewable energy projects.