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Labor must end the games on TPP

Labor must end the cat and mouse game over the TTP, the Australian Greens have said today, calling on the Opposition to clarify how they will vote when implementing legislation is presented to Parliament. 

"Labor needs to stop the double speak on the TTP and commit to voting the dodgy trade deal down when it reaches the Senate," the Australian Greens Trade spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

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Australia must protect territorial waters from illegal whaling

Prime Minister Turnbull needs to take far stronger action to protect Australia’s territorial waters from illegal whaling, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

"Mr Turnbull should stop sitting on his hands and immediately send Border Force vessels to the Southern Ocean to restore the integrity of the our territorial waters including the Australian Whale Sanctuary," Senator McKim said.

“They should be prepared to run Japan’s illegal whalers out of the Whale Sanctuary, and gather evidence for further international legal actions."

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Greens will block TPP in the Senate

The Australian Greens will vote against ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership in the Senate, following reports of the Prime Minister’s misguided plan to revive it, and are urging Labor and the crossbench to do the same.

“We’re calling on Labor and the crossbench to join us in rejecting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s a disastrous deal that would only help major corporations and it should never have progressed as far as it did,” Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

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11 January 2017

California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

The Californian government’s Fair Political Practices Commission has warned the Australian government to stop their underhand tactics to restart the trade in kangaroo products into California, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

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Leyonhjelm, Hanson childcare comments rule them out of reasonable debate

Senators David Leyonhjelm and Pauline Hanson have shown that they’re not up to taking part in a constructive discussion around reforming Australia’s childcare sector with ill-informed comments equating early childhood education with ‘wiping noses’, the Australian Greens have said.

“Senator Leyonhjelm clearly has no understanding of the early childhood education sector or the needs of Australian parents,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Minister, get out of your ivory tower and speak to people actually struggling on Centrelink

Minister Alan Tudge refusing to suspend or scrap the automated debt recovery system demonstrates a huge failing to comprehend the struggles and distress that the program has caused to people accessing the social safety net, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The Coalition is scrambling around trying to work out why voters are so disillusioned and sick of major parties, well they only have to look at the huge disconnect demonstrated by Minister Tudge today.

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Government automated debt recovery system must be scrapped and should be referred to Senate inquiry: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling for the Government’s automated debt recovery system to be scrapped and investigated through a senate inquiry.  

Australian Greens spokesperson on community services Senator Rachel Siewert said:

“Prior to and over Christmas, the automated debt recovery system caused anguish and stress to people using our social safety net, impacting on the mental health of those that we should be supporting.

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Ley’s expenses scandal – more evidence of why we need a national ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 9 Jan 2017

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9 January 2017

Ley’s expenses scandal – more evidence of why we need a national ICAC

The latest MP expenses scandal involving Health Minister Sussan Ley further strengthens the case for both a National Anti-Corruption Commission and a major overhaul of the use of MP allowances, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.  

“This scandal will not be the last involving an MP abusing public money.  It should be a wakeup call for the Turnbull government,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Sea Shepherd doing the government's job in the Southern Ocean

Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says that the Australian Government's failure to keep their promise to monitor Japanese whaling activity in the Southern Ocean means a slaughter in the Southern Ocean is immenent this Christmas.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Liberal Government is showing a perverse lack of will in failing to send a patrol boat and protect Australian waters from whaling.

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