The Budget is the most values laden of any document tabled in the Parliament. It reflects the priorities for the nation and the future. The Treasurer said as much at the beginning of his Budget speech yesterday. If you want to know what people value, follow how they earn and spend their money.
The days of puzzling over Australian-made claims in the aisles of the supermarket would be over if a bill introduced today by Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne is passed in the Senate.
On the day Senator Abetz and the Coalition voted against upholding the principle that areas listed as world heritage should never be logged, the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries made extraordinary claims about the Tasmanian contractors exit grants, Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.
In the wake of the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh the Australian Greens have today successfully moved that the Senate call on Australian companies to ensure the safety and fair treatment of workers in developing countries.
The areas (totaling 493,482 ha, not 504,000 ha) can be broken down into the following categories:
- World Heritage Southern Forest areas – approximately 100,000 ha – that (subject to further Legislative Council approval) could be reserved in 2013.
- An additional 390,000 ha whose reservation is effectively postponed to the never-never as it cannot proceed before FSC certification of Forestry Tasmania, the support of future governments after federal and Tasmanian state elections, and is provisional on durability reports from the Special Council established as part of the TFA legislation..
The Australian Greens have today paid tribute to Mayor Joy Baluch, a courageous advocate for the Port Augusta community.
I hope you are all having a pleasant and inspiring evening. My apologies for not being able to be with you in person but I thank David for the opportunity to have this short message read to you all.