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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Australian Greens’ push to stop billions of litres of water from being stripped from the environment to feather the nests of greedy corporate irrigators has won the backing of Labor and some crossbench senators, passing the Senate tonight. “We’ve cleared the first hurdle on the road to...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday, 14th February 2018 Cane toads will no longer be considered pests in the Kimberley due to a reclassification by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, a move that has caused concern for Greens WA member for Mining and Pastoral Robin Chapple. The reclassification...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It is deeply disappointing that the majority of senators have turned their backs on vulnerable Australians by voting down a motion calling for the phasing out of poker machines in pubs and clubs, the Australian Greens say. “With hundreds of thousands of Australians at risk of harmful gambling...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday, 14 February Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has accused the Government and opposition of making law ‘on the fly’, after sensitive legislation concerning non-consensual sharing of intimate images online was rushed through the Senate today. Both the...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

You may have caught up with news today that Transurban Group's net profits for the six months to June rose 280 per cent, from $88 million to $331 million. How about that? Transurban run 13 out of the 15 toll roads in Australia. City Link in Melbourne is by far its most profitable. Those profits...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A report by the Telethon Kids Institute showing 89% of predominantly Aboriginal children in detention in WA have severe cognitive impairment must be addressed by State and Commonwealth Governments, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. “Too often kids are entering the juvenile system...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Shane Rattenbury, MLA This Valentine’s Day Canberrans are being encouraged to be cautious with personal information – and funds - when it comes to looking for love online. Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said romance scams tended to spike around February each year and online and...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the Labor Party’s newly announced policy position of supporting corporate tax cuts when the budget returns to surplus. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Labor is taking a socially reckless position of putting big...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I rise to speak to the Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Bill 2017. As noted earlier today by my colleague Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Greens welcome and support this bill because we support action to protect those who experience or may experience...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday, 13 February The opposition have back flipped on net neutrality and voted with the government against a motion, moved by the Australian Greens today, calling for an inquiry into public interest need for such protections. Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said current...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Greens are calling on the Victorian Labor government to step in to halt logging by its commercial logging arm VicForests, which has moved in to log key sections of native forest near Strathbogie in Victoria’s north-east.

This forest area is covered by a federal and state logging law...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday, 13 February The Government has again refused to commit to a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional settings, after questions today from the Australian Greens calling on them to do so. Disability Services spokesperson Senator Jordon...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Australian Greens have reaffirmed their commitment to the survival of the Murray Darling Basin, calling on crossbenchers and Labor to hold the line against threats from upstream states amid new scandalous information that further undermines the Murray Darling Basin Plan. “The reports today that...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Wednesday, 8 February 2018 The Greens (WA) spokesperson for Nuclear Issues Robin Chapple has labelled the Supreme Court ruling on the proposed Yeelirrie Uranium mine a hollow victory for the uranium industry.  “Despite the Supreme Court dismissing CCWA’s appeal against the original ministerial...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Closing the Gap progress could only really go up from last year’s annual report, but we still have a really long way to go, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. “While I welcome the improvement in three out of seven targets to close the gap, that still leaves four important targets...

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Commonwealth must take more responsibility for justice issues in Australia if we are going to genuinely fix our youth justice system and incarceration rates of our First Peoples, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. “The Commonwealth is very quick to push justice issues and...

Friday, February 9, 2018

It is disappointing that the Senate has voted down the Greens disallowance motion to immediately stop the cashless welfare card trials in the East Kimberley and Ceduna.  “The evaluation has been done and the result do not justify further rollout with many worrying negative trends, we need to put...

Friday, February 9, 2018

The ten year review for the Closing the Gap strategy should prompt an urgent reset by the Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. “I am saddened but not surprised to read today that the Government ‘effectively abandoned’ Closing the Gap policy after five years. We all...

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Human Rights Watch report that details harrowing systemic abuse of people with disability in prisons should trigger a Royal Commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional settings, say the Australian Greens.  “We already know that many people with...