Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale has welcomed the announcement of Dr Samantha Ratnam as the new leader of the Victorian Greens. Samantha was announced as leader in Melbourne today, with Nina Springle selected as her deputy. “Samantha is an outstanding community leader and has committed so much of her time to helping make our nation better,” Senator Di Natale said. “As a councillor, mayor, social worker and project manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Sam has...
Penalty Rates decision shows labour laws broken and parliament must now override cuts: Bandt  Our labour laws are broken if they allow cuts to the wages of low paid workers and Parliament must now step in and back the Greens' move to override cuts to penalty rates, Greens workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.  Unions have lost their legal bid to overturn the Fair Work Commission's decision to cut penalty rates for hospitality, retail and fast-food workers. “If a...
Abbott a dangerous fool who still runs the show: Bandt Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Tony Abbott is a dangerous fool who could be simply ignored were it not for his ability to dictate Malcolm Turnbull's climate policy. “Tony Abbott is a dangerous fool who could simply be ignored were it not for his power to write Malcolm Turnbull's climate policy,” said Mr Bandt. “In ditching a clean energy target, Malcolm Turnbull is now publicly cowering...

"The annual report of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation reveals that this year’s F1 grand prix cost an incredible $97.2 million to stage, but only managed to raise $32m in ticket sales and $8m from ‘other sources’, leaving taxpayers to cover the $57.12 million shortfall, Greens MP for the Sou

Waxing lyrical about cheap renewables isn’t a national plan: Bandt Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today slammed speculation that the Turnbull government is backing away from the Clean Energy Target, saying that while the cost of renewables is falling, a coherent national policy is essential to rapidly drive the transition away from coal. Mr Bandt also said Labor’s failure to plan for coal closure would hobble the energy transition. “To meet our Paris...
The Australian Greens have announced a new policy for a 20 GW national energy storage target and incentives for households and business to invest in energy storage.  The policy was launched in Adelaide by Deputy Leader and spokesperson on climate and energy, Adam Bandt MP and Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young. The Greens would put in place a legislated target of 20 GW of multi-hour storage by 2030, with annual milestones across the National Electricity Market and WA and NT...
Greens call for Royal Commission into Underpayment of Penalty Rates and Other Wage Theft Following the release of a Senate Inquiry into penalty rates, Greens spokesperson for industrial relations Adam Bandt MP today announced that the Greens are calling for a Royal Commission to fully investigate the extent of wage theft and below-award payment in Australia. It's becoming apparent that failings in our industrial laws have allowed some of Australia's biggest companies to pay workers at...
The Australian Greens say that the update from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that 57.5% of votes have been returned in the marriage equality postal survey is heartening, but they will not take anything for granted and will continue campaigning for a ‘yes’ win. “It’s a good sign that so many ballots have been returned – it just goes to show that Australians care deeply about this issue, despite this process being forced on us when there was a much easier and less harmful...
Liddell out, renewables in: Bandt Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that AGL’s proposed solution to replace Liddell’s energy demonstrates, beyond doubt, that there’s no reason for Liddell to stay open. “Liddell is a decrepit old clunker and Malcolm Turnbull should let it quit coal in 2022,” said Mr Bandt. “AGL’s plan shows that the only way Liddell is staying open is if Malcolm Turnbull uses public money to bankroll aging technology. “Malcolm...

Greens MP Sam Hibbins says Richmond supporters angry to have missed out on Grand Final tickets can blame Labor and Liberal politicians for voting to preserve the current unfair ticketing scheme.