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Australian Greens call for more details of WA government's decision to join federal approach to NDIS

The Australian Greens have welcomed a decision by the West Australian government to become part of the federal approach to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, calling for more details of the new approach to be released.

Australian Greens disability services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John, who is himself eligible for the scheme, said today he expected the handover would see an improvement in funding for the rollout of the scheme in WA and greater eligibility.

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PM’s anti-corruption shift set to fail if he continues to back toothless model

Lee Rhiannon 12 Dec 2017

Now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has opened the door to a national anti-corruption body he should engage with the National Integrity Committee (NIC) set up last month to advise policy makers on the best model. 

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s policy shift the Greens democracy spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Prime Minister will undermine his own announcement that he is considering a national anti-corruption body if he continues to advocate for a model similar to the Victorian IBAC.

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605GL reduction to southern MDBP is legalised theft: Greens

The Australian Greens will move to disallow the Government’s plan to strip the southern Murray Darling Basin of 605GL of environmental water once Parliament resumes next year.

“The Murray Darling Basin Authority hoped no-one would notice when they released a statement late on Friday afternoon saying they’d seek to strip 605GL of water allocation to the southern basin, but in South Australia we are watching," Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Sick and disturbing that emissions continue to rise: Bandt

Sick and disturbing that emissions continue to rise: Bandt

In response to reports that Australia’s emissions over the past year are rising, with projections that our transport emissions could be the highest on record, Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today expressed his fury at the government’s climate denialism.

“It’s hard to believe that in 2017, when every country not ruled by a megalomaniac is trying to reduce their emissions, Australia’s emissions continue to rise,” said Mr Bandt.

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High Court ruling means right to strike at risk

High Court ruling means right to strike at risk

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the judgement handed down by the High Court in the case between ESSO and the AWU has highlighted the flaws in the Fair Work Act which must be fixed.

“As wages flatline and penalty rates are cut, this decision will corrode people’s rights at work even further,” said Mr Bandt.

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Report shows the harm of income management, Government must listen and dump income management

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 successive Governments is that children need to be protected, well now we have evidence that there is a strong correlation between reduced birthweights, school attendance and income management.  

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Lee Rhiannon calls on the University of Wollongong to restore student democracy

Lee Rhiannon calls on the University of Wollongong to restore student democracy

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 Wollongong Undergraduate Students’ Association (WUSA) election.

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Motion: Cruelty in the Poultry Industry

On Wednesday 29 November, Senator Darren Hinch moved the following motion in the Senate, on behalf of Senators Lee Rhiannon and Lisa Sing

Senator HINCH (Victoria) (15:55): I, and also on behalf of Senators Singh and Rhiannon, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 7.30 recently aired footage of hens having their feet torn off and being boiled alive at the Star Poultry Supply slaughterhouse in the suburb of Keysborough, Victoria, in early 2017,

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It's time for a new kind of politics

"It’s time for a new kind of politics," said Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett in his Maiden Speech yesterday.

 "People have asked me how it feels to back in the Senate. I have to say that I find politics as conducted by mainstream politicians, and many in the mainstream media, to be nastier, stupider and with even less effort given by many to even pretend to care about whether their statements are true or not.

“The impact of policies on everyday people is repeatedly ignored, with immediate short-term political factors holding sway.

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