After months of community consultation, a Senate Inquiry into Strengthening Multiculturalism, has made 13 strong recommendations that will lead to a more inclusive Australia, says the Committee’s Chair, Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale. “Australia is a proud multicultural nation. It’s a huge part of our history and it is what makes our nation great. At a time when hateful and divisive rhetoric is rising amongst some political leaders both here and abroad, these...
The announcement today to renew the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) in Tasmania for another 20 years demonstrates just how short-sighted and irresponsible state and federal governments around the country are, say the Australian Greens. “Regional Forest Agreements must be scrapped,” said Senator Janet Rice, Greens spokesperson for forests. “I have given notice in the Senate this week of my intention to introduce legislation to repeal the RFA legislation.” “These outdated logging laws...
The NSW Greens have condemned the newly released M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), criticising the plan's lack of substantive detail, and called on the Planning Minister to immediately halt this 'farce of a process'. Jenny Leong MP, NSW Greens spokesperson on WestConnex and Member for Newtown said:
Tamara Smith, Greens Member for Ballina says the proposed development application being decided by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) on RU1 zoned land just outside of Bangalow challenges some of the fundamental objectives of Agricultural land and rural buffer zones in our region and within the Byron Local Environmental Plan. "I have received many dozens of written representations from members of the Bangalow community about this development and I have met with residents and...

Greens western suburbs MP Colleen Hartland says the government needs to commit to a metro train service to Melton if it wants to build more new suburbs in the west.

Responding to the expected release of the M4-M5 Link EIS on 18 August, Greens Member for Newtown and WestConnex spokesperson, Jenny Leong MP has slammed the NSW Liberal National government's attempts to bulldoze planning approvals through to clear the way for the sale in October. "The timing of this release makes it clear that the NSW Liberal Government is rushing this through so they can ensure the whole thing is approved before they sell it off, she said.
Shane Rattenbury The ACT Greens today reaffirm our continued support for marriage equality in the ACT. “The Greens have always stood up for marriage equality –Greens MPs have regularly proposed legislation for marriage equality around the country, and of course Greens MPs have voted in favour of change every time it has come before a Parliament,” Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said.
Greens spokesperson for waste and recycling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the successful move by the Greens to establish a Senate Inquiry into the future of the recycling industry following the exposé on Four Corners. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I have been pursuing these issues in the recycling industry for years but the recent Four Corners episode has really brought the crisis out into the open. “I pushed to establish this Inquiry to see into how we...
Shane Rattenbury The ACT Greens today welcomed the ACT Government’s moves to establish Reconciliation Day, and called on all parties to reaffirm their commitment to #ChangeTheDate of Australia Day. “Reconciliation Day is an important symbol of our shared commitment to advancing reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and non-Indigenous Australians,” said ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury. 
Greens Marine and Fisheries spokesperson Justin Field is calling on the NSW Liberal/National Government to permanently halt seismic testing for gas in the waters off Newcastle by cancelling Asset Energy's exploration licence. The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority has ruled that new plans for seismic testing by Asset Energy did not meet environmental regulations and asked for a revised proposal. The proposal follows similar testing in 2010.