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Streaming giants must be regulated to save Australian stories and local jobs, Greens say

The Morrison Government’s changes to local content rules is a missed opportunity to support Australian stories and local jobs, the Greens say.
Greens Spokesperson for Communications, Media and Arts, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:
“The Government has failed to deliver real reform today and has let the global steaming giants off the hook. This is a decision that if not corrected will cost local jobs and undermine Australia’s creative and cultural heritage.

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Tehan Scrambles To Patch Up Uni Funding Disaster

Australian Greens Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said the Education Minister’s announcement the Commonwealth will fund 12,000 more student places for 2021 is a last-minute scramble to drum up support for unpopular university fee hikes and funding cuts.

Senator Faruqi said:

“Universities need a guaranteed, long-term funding boost, not a cynical injection of last-minute cash as the disastrous job-ready bill hangs in the balance.

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DV Funding Leaves a Third of Women at Risk

Larissa Waters 29 Sep 2020

The long overdue announcement of the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation grants is welcome, but falls critically short of national demand and is no substitute for adequate funding in next week's Budget, Greens Senate Leader Larissa Waters said.  
 
“This funding is a fraction of the money needed to ensure women and children fleeing family violence have somewhere to go and get the support services they need,” Senator Waters, Greens spokesperson on Women, said.
 

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Uni Bill Report Flawed And Highly Partisan

Australian Greens Education spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi has said a report of the government-dominated Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee into the Job-ready Graduates legislation is flawed and highly partisan.

The inquiry process was highly problematic, with a 22-day total inquiry period, only two days of hearings, and with no time allowed for discussion on Greens amendments to the report.

Senator Faruqi said:

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Lending changes are foie gras for banking

Greens Economic Justice spokesperson, Senator Nick McKim, responded to reports today that the government will loosen lending standards and relieve the banks of responsibility for determining a customer’s loan capacity to service a loan.

“Today’s announcement shows exactly where this government’s allegiances lie," Senator McKim said.

“The day after Westpac received the largest corporate penalty in Australian history, the government is changing the rules to benefit the banks."

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Uni Rallies Essential To Fight Cuts And Autocracy

Australian Greens Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said she was proud to speak at and attend heavily-policed student rallies at the University of Sydney today, which were organised in opposition to the federal government’s proposed university fee hikes and funding cuts.

Senator Faruqi said:

“I was so proud to stand with students and staff in opposition to these terrible fee hikes and funding cuts.

“Unfortunately my speech was cut short by NSW police moving us on.

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Chinese government must allow access to Tibet, Greens say

Following reports of a mass forced-labour program in Tibet, Greens Senator Janet Rice has called on the Chinese Government to allow access to the region so journalists and officials can look into these allegations. 

Quotes attributable to Senator Janet Rice, Greens Foreign Affairs spokesperson

“Reports of a mass labour program in Tibet are deeply disturbing. This program has dangerous parallels with the enforced labour, indoctrination and surveillance of the Uighur people.

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NBN Upgrade

The Government's NBN announcement is a small step in the right direction, but there are still significant issues that need to be addressed, the Greens say.

"This is an effective admission of guilt by the Liberals- that fibre to the premises should have been done years ago," Greens NBN spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"It is encouraging that many more Australians will have access to faster broadband, but the plan announced today does not cover enough homes and businesses."

"But this plan does not cover the exorbitant cost of broadband in Australia."

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1000 dnata workers are out of a job because of Scott Morrison

Following dnata’s announcement today that 1000 workers will be made redundant, Greens Senator Janet Rice has condemned the Prime Minister for locking these workers out of JobKeeper and called on him to produce a plan for the aviation industry. 

Quotes attributable to Senator Janet Rice, Greens Transport spokesperson

“This is devastating news for dnata workers and their families. My thoughts are with them as they face stress, uncertainty and some tough decisions ahead.

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