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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...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Queensland Greens and Michael Berkman have declared victory in the seat of Maiwar marking the first time a Green has been elected to the Queensland parliament.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Commenting on the government’s bill to ban political donations from foreign entities, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Rhiannon says that the logic should be extended to donations from domestic sources and the Greens will move amendments to that effect. “With this bill, the Turnbull government...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Australian Greens oppose the Government’s bill to expand the cashless welfare card trials in its entirety, and have dissented from the Community Affairs committee report into the Bill.  “The ORIMA report into the effectiveness of the card in current trial sites is flawed, it doesn't show proof...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Australian Greens will not support schedules in the Social Services Housing Affordability Bill that seek to give the Secretary of the Department of Social Services permission to take money directly from a tenant’s income support payments to pay for rent or property damage.  “The Government has...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the release of the Senate inquiry report (link here) into the “Current and future impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity.” Senator Whish-Wilson instigated the Inquiry after...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Barnaby Joyce returning to the water ministry is devastating for Murray Darling Basin communities, downstream states, and the future of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, the Australian Greens say. “Malcolm Turnbull is rewarding bad behaviour by handing back the keys to the water ministry to a man who...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The government has signalled today they will table their response to the future of Australian video games development industry inquiry by the end of 2017, 586 days late, after pressure from the Australian Greens. Australian Greens IT spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said Australia’s video...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

This morning NSW Greens MPs Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker were arrested by Queensland police after taking part in a blockade of the Adani Carmichael coal mine rail construction site at Belyando, 270km west of Bowen.  The MPs were arrested at 6:35am along with a dozen other climate activists and...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

  Tuesday, 5 December 2017 Connecting to Australia’s National Broadband Network has been overwhelmingly a negative experience for most people, according to Australian Greens NBN spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John. “In the last few weeks I've already been inundated with complaints from...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Senate today has supported an Australian Greens motion calling on the Government to split the Agriculture and Water portfolios.   “This motion clearly identifies there is a conflict of interest by grouping the Water and Agriculture Portfolios together – we know this because Barnaby Joyce has...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Australian Greens welcome Labor opposing the rollout of the cashless welfare card in Bundaberg and the Goldfields, but are disappointed they support existing trial sites being extended in Ceduna and the East Kimberley, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  “I am happy the Labor party listened to...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I seek leave to move that the Senate take note of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs Transport Legislation Committee report on the provisions of the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017. [...]  In taking note and speaking to this report, the Greens note that the...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Senate has supported a motion noting the absence of any government response to the unanimous findings of the senate inquiry into the Future of Australia’s video game development industry, and ordered a copy of the response be tabled by 3pm tomorrow. Australian Greens I.T. spokesperson Senator...