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  • Victoria pulls out of tobacco investments

    Greens congratulate the Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC) on finally divesting from tobacco companies, after pressure from the Victorian Greens and community campaigners over recent years.

    In late 2013, the Greens MP Colleen Hartland launched the campaign to pressure the VFMC to act, but after little movement from the Victorian fund manager, in late 2014 she introduced a bill to parliament to secure the divestment in law.

    The VFMC has now written to her confirming it is proceeding with divestment by the end of June 2015.

  • Restore funding to Women's Mental Health

    In parliament today the Greens have called on the Minister for Mental Health to restore funding to women's agencies that had their mental health funding cut under the Napthine Government restructuring of the sector.

    "Thanks to the Napthine Government’s restructuring of the sector, there are no longer any women’s agencies in Victoria that are funded to provide Mental Health Community Support Services," said Colleen Hartland MP, Greens Spokesperson for Mental Health.

  • Rate capping threatens councils

    Quotes attributable to Samantha Dunn, Greens spokesperson for local government:

    "The Auditor General has already flagged critical challenges councils face in relation to their financial sustainability and increasing expectations from their communities. Year after year council's have had to deal with cost shifting from state government to local government.

    "Which council services does the Labor government want to cut first - maternal child health, libraries or road maintenance?

  • Tasmania sets benchmark by extending fracking ban

    The Liberal Tasmanian Government yesterday extended their fracking ban for another five years, setting a clear benchmark for parties contesting the upcoming Gippsland South by-election.

    Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s policy, saying “it is now time for Victorian Opposition leader Matt Guy to do the same.”

    “The Nationals support for farmers’ right to veto gas exploration on their land is a step in the right direction, but a permanent ban is vital.

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