Surf Coast Council shows great leadership on marriage equality   Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice today congratulated Victoria’s Surf Coast Shire for its courageous and principled support of marriage equality.   “The Surf Coast Shire Council has shown commendable political leadership by flying the rainbow flag in support of the right to marriage equality. At a federal level, ditching the plebiscite has paved the way for the Parliament to decide on marriage...
Reversing community legal sector cuts welcome, but more funding required to meet need Australian Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice today welcomed the Turnbull government’s backdown on community legal centre funding cuts. “I’m pleased to see that Attorney-General George Brandis has reversed his planned cuts in response to community campaigns to save our local legal centres” Senator Rice said. “These cuts would have ripped $2.9 million out of Victorian community legal centres and...

The Victorian Labor government’s opposition to a plastic bag ban has been dealt another blow, with New South Wales Labor leader Luke Foley overnight endorsing The Project’s campaign to ban plastic bags

The Australian Greens have today labelled Barnaby Joyce’s ill-advised move of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to his home electorate as pork-barrelling and are calling for the relocation to be immediately scrapped.   In the last 24 hours alone the move has prompted the resignation of the agency’s highly respected CEO as well as a Productivity Commission report slamming the proposal as costly and ineffective.   “Barnaby’s blatant pork-barrelling has led to...

The Victorian government is now alone in opposing minimum bicycle overtaking distance laws following the Western Australian Labor government's announcement that they will proceed with a trial to make cyclists safer.

Regional train travellers should prepare to stand for long periods, with V/line CEO James Pinder today conceding there is no plan to cut overcrowding on regional train services.

Victoria’s environment department today outsourced the role of reducing marine plastic pollution to the big supermarkets, refusing to back the Greens bill to ban plastic bags and parroting industry spin as justification for inaction.

Minister Canavan and the government in general are living in a fantasy land when it comes to the impacts of native forest logging, where, just because you say something is sustainable, it therefore becomes sustainable. The reality is that intensive, industrial scale, clear-fell logging is as sustainable and long term as whaling and sealing were in their day. The minister was totally ignoring the facts that are at play here when we are considering the future of our...
I have only had the privilege of visiting the Great Barrier Reef once. It was just over a decade ago. I was there with my family, with my kids. They were just entering their teens. They were wide-eyed, amazed at the world. We had an incredible time, just like so many hundreds of thousands of tourists and so many hundreds of thousands of Australians who have visited the reef. It is an incredible, amazing place. Last year, we had extreme destructive coral bleaching,...