“The government is defying the will of the senate by blocking terminally ill patients from accessing the medicinal cannabis prescribed by a doctor”, Leader of the Australian Greens, Dr Di Natale said today. “Ignorance and conservative ideology are getting in the way of patient care - it has to stop. Today I am introducing a Private Senators Bill – Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Amendment (Securing Patient Access) Bill 2017 – to the Senate that will secure terminally ill patient access...
Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Malcolm Turnbull is acting like a toddler throwing a tantrum, indulged by AGL until he calms down and lets them get on with what they were going to do anyway. “Faced with Malcolm Turnbull lying screaming on the floor like a toddler insisting they’re Batman, AGL says “yes, yes you’re Batman” just so they can get everyone out the door and get on with the day,” said Mr Bandt. “AGL walked out of the meeting with...
Greens policy for electricity price reregulation proves popular as ALP & LNP join to oppose it: Bandt Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has welcomed poll results published today showing 86% of voters support the Greens' policy to regulate power prices.  He also criticised Labor and Liberal for today opposing moves in the Senate to reregulate power prices, even though Labor in Victoria and NSW appear to be moving towards reregulating power prices. The Guardian...
The Greens have today successfully amended the Government’s Liquid Fuel Emergency Bill to call on the Government to reduce Australia’s oil consumption. Part of Australia’s international obligations under the International Energy Agency is to ensure we have 90 days worth of liquid fuel stocks. Australia has not met this obligation for over half a decade. The Greens support bringing Australia back into international compliance, but have further called for the Government to reduce...
Turnbull’s coal plan will drown Pacific Islands: Bandt Greens climate change and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt, today said that Malcolm Turnbull’s coal plan will drown the Pacific Islands. Mr Bandt said he doesn’t know how the Prime Minister will be able to look Pacific Island leaders in the eye, given that his plan to keep coal-fired power stations open will accelerate sea level rises that threaten to drown some Pacific nations. “Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to keep coal plants running...
It's very appropriate that, this Thursday, I and the Greens will be introducing a bill to scrap the Regional Forest Agreements Act, the act that underpins our outdated logging laws, the Regional Forest Agreements. These laws have been in place for 20 years. It is these laws that are locking in destructive clear-fell logging of our native forests. Our native forests are precious. They are home to an amazing range of animals and birds. Our outdated logging laws are sending...
On Monday, we marked Equal Pay Day in Australia. That's the date past the end of the financial year that women, on average, would have had to work to earn the same amount as men—an extra two months more work, in fact. Australian women in full-time work are paid, on average, $251 per week less than men. This is averaged out across the entire workforce, but, even when women do the exact same job as a man, they are often paid less. The more the job pays, the bigger the gap. It's...
Amendment to General Business Notice of Motion No. 447. As listed on pages 7-8 of today’s Notice Paper in the name of Senator Di Natale To move—That the Senate acknowledges the proposal below for a code of conduct: PARLIAMENTARY CODE FOR RESPECTING CULTURAL DIVERSITY PREAMBLE The House of Representatives and the Senate have reached agreement on a Code of Conduct which is to apply to all members of Parliament. Members of Parliament recognise that they are in a unique position of...
AEMO report damns Turnbull; Liddell a stranded asset: Bandt   Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said the energy market operator reports released yesterday and today are a damning indictment of the government's war on renewables, reinforcing that more coal will hold back cheaper new generation and push up prices and pollution. “The network operator has identified the cost of the Coalition’s war on renewables, telling us that there may be a shortfall this summer...
CSIRO needs to sever ties with Minerals Council: Bandt The CSIRO must immediately cancel its paid membership of the Minerals Council, Australian Greens science and research spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said today. CSIRO should not be a member of a climate denying lobbyist group, Mr Bandt said. The FOI requests made by the Australia Institute and released today show that the CSIRO pays at least $10,000 in Associate Membership fees to the Minerals Council of Australia. Quotes attributable...