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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Australia’s wind industry now has the option to undertake accredited wind training without leaving our shores with the Canberra Institute of Technology offering new, globally-accredited wind training, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury and Minister for Higher Education...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The rollout of the National Broadband Network is suffering from a serious lack of honesty, transparency and accountability at all levels – Government, NBN CO and retail providers – that must be addressed to restore public trust and meet Australia’s current and future digital needs, according to the...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Australian Greens are calling for an end to the State and Federal Government blame game on NAPLAN results and restore value to the education sector to improve results.  “Another NAPLAN report has come and shows what we’ve been shown over and over again; standardised testing does not improve...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Australian Greens have welcomed a decision by the West Australian government to become part of the federal approach to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, calling for more details of the new approach to be released. Australian Greens disability services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, who chaired the Senate Environment and Communications Committee’s inquiry into “Shark mitigation and deterrence measures”, provides the following comments on the release of the inquiry report (https://www.aph.gov.au/...

Monday, December 11, 2017

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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Australian Greens will move to disallow the Government’s plan to strip the southern Murray Darling Basin of 605GL of environmental water once Parliament resumes next year. “The Murray Darling Basin Authority hoped no-one would notice when they released a statement late on Friday afternoon...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Shane Rattenbury MLA Winnunga Aboriginal Health and Community Services (AHCS) has commenced enhanced support at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) focused on female detainees, and will move to full delivery of standalone health, social and emotional wellbeing services in the AMC in 2018,...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sick and disturbing that emissions continue to rise: Bandt In response to reports that Australia’s emissions over the past year are rising, with projections that our transport emissions could be the highest on record, Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today expressed his...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Shane Rattenbury MLAMinister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury will today launch a discussion paper that proposes that the ACT, in line with advice from eminent climate scientists, sets a target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. In launching the paper,...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA Ahead of increased demand during the holiday season, the ACT Greens have called on the Government to provide more secure, long-term funding for dedicated family violence accommodation services in the ACT. While additional funding (totalling $23.5m over four years) was...

Friday, December 8, 2017

High Court ruling means right to strike at risk Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the judgement handed down by the High Court in the case between ESSO and the AWU has highlighted the flaws in the Fair Work Act which must be fixed. “As wages flatline and penalty...

Friday, December 8, 2017

Shane Rattenbury MLA Seven community road safety projects will be funded this year by the ACT Road Safety Fund—among them, a community-designed pilot project that aims to both improve road safety and reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our criminal...

Friday, December 8, 2017

A new report by the University of Sydney that shows a link between income management and lower birthweights and school attendance must be carefully considered by the Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.   “The longstanding excuse for implementing income management by...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Shane Rattenbury MLA The Government has partnered with the Aboriginal Legal Service to develop a two-year bail support program to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our justice system, Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury announced today. As part of...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Shane Rattenbury MLA The Canberra community is invited to have its say on the establishment of the new Office for Mental Health. Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury said the online survey was part of a targeted consultation on the new office, which has been underway since October with...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the decision of senior management at the University of Wollongong to replace a democratically elected student president and is calling on Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings to restore student democracy after the overturning of results of the recent...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Senate has called on the Turnbull government to explain how it will address financial impacts from the Williamtown contamination scandal by 5 February, 2018. Commenting on the Greens/ALP motion, Greens Senator for NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said it was time to give residents some certainty. “At...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA The ACT Greens today called on the Government to investigate establishing an ACT-specific fact-checking unit to support informed public debate in the Territory. In a dissenting report to the Election Committee, Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur highlighted the important...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Government’s announcement of Gary Johns’ appointment as Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) is deeply concerning and raises a massive red flag for the charities and not-for-profit sector and the broader community. "This appointment demonstrates the...