- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.



Sunday, 22 October 2017

Labor takes millions from casinos; fails to support Senate inquiry into casinos

Labor’s decision to not support a Senate inquiry into casinos after two decades of accepting millions of dollars of donations from the industry reflects poorly on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens gambling spokesperson said.

“The only thing stopping a full Senate inquiry into casinos is the Labor Party,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Labor originally committed to voting for the Senate inquiry, but earlier today they reversed their position.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Opening of Stage 2 of the Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast Facility Upgrade

Opening of Stage 2 of the Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast Facility Upgrade

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith will open the new administration training and education centre for Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast at Shelly Beach on Saturday 22 October.

“I am delighted to be able to open this centre. The facility will enable professional staff to carry out and coordinate lifesaving activities in the Northern Rivers. It will also be a point of contact for the public and marine rescue groups that has not previously been available,” said Ms Smith.

Public forum to air concerns about health system

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today welcomed the announcement that the NSW Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee will hold a public forum in Lismore next Tuesday 24 October.

“The Committee is conducting an inquiry into the management of health care delivery in NSW. The inquiry was re-opened and extended due to concerns about the treatment of Miriam Merten, who died at Lismore Base Hospital in 2014, and I am glad to see that the Committee is holding a public forum in Lismore so that they can hear first-hand from people in the Northern Rivers region about their experiences with the health system,” said Ms Smith.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Government teams up with One Nation to hack away at the ABC

The ideological attacks on the ABC that the One Nation political party secured from the Turnbull-Joyce federal Government are well on their way to being enacted with legislation being introduced into the Senate today.

“Australians love and trust the ABC and are sick of seeing the public broadcaster used as political punching bag,” Greens communications spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Greens will fight to protect the ABC from this blatant ideological attack and will do everything we can to save our public broadcaster from the Government and One Nation’s axe.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Premier needs to help the Richmond River

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has called on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to oversee a co-ordinated State Government response to improving the health of the Richmond River.

"I have written to the Premier in support of Ballina Shire Council's request that she organise a State Government response to oversee the many different improvements needed to rehabilitate the 237km long Richmond and its tributaries," said Tamara Smith.

"The Richmond River is of national significance, it should not be left solely to local councils such as Ballina Shire Council or its ratepayers to bear the burden of rehabilitating a river that has been neglected  by State Government for decades.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

On Wednesday, Peter Dutton’s divisive citizenship changes will be defeated in the Senate.

On Wednesday, Peter Dutton’s divisive citizenship changes will be defeated in the Senate.

Together, many thousands of Australians from all walks of life stood together and said “no” to Peter Dutton’s hateful agenda. Your voice has been heard.

When this Bill is defeated, it will mean thousands of men, women and children will be able to get on with lives that had been put on hold.

This whole episode shows that what unites us is stronger than what divides us, and what we can achieve when we stand together.

I want to thank everyone who has been involved. Please, spread the message of thanks by sharing my video with your networks.



Senator Nick McKim
Spokesperson for Immigration and Citizenship

PS. If you don’t have Facebook, the video is available here.

ACCC rubbishes Lib/Nats' war on renewables

Today the consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has called BS on the government’s war on renewables and confirmed that power prices are out of control because big power companies are gaming the electricity system, not because of renewable energy. 

If Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull were serious about cutting power bills and reducing pollution, they would stop rigging the rules of the energy market. Instead they need to drive down power bills by re-regulating prices and get more cheap, clean renewables in the grid, more solar panels on rooftops and more batteries in homes and businesses.

Australians overwhelmingly want investment in renewables to reduce pollution, lower their power bills and provide thousands of new jobs. Share our post on Facebook to send the Libs a message: it’s time the government gets with the program!


Your civil liberties under attack

"We should all be concerned when politicians are quick to rush to reduce our civil liberties, regardless of the stated intentions.

In the past few weeks, we’ve had announcements of a national facial recognition database and even the use of biometrics to access public transport in Queensland.

The NSW Premier said of the recent agreement by state and federal Governments to create a national ID database: “I think all of us have had to accept that our civil liberties from time to time aren't what they used to be in order to protect public safety”.

Greens raise plight of Bangalow's Koalas and mega Food Hub in State Parliament


Greens MP and Koala Protection spokesperson, Dawn Walker has raised the plight of Bangalow's koala population in State Parliament and thrown her support behind the community campaign against the Bangalow mega Food Hub development at Lot 201 Lismore Road, Bangalow.


"Many people are unaware, but Bangalow has a precious koala population and the local community are working hard to protect local koala habitat and food trees, many of which are along the busy Bangalow Road or on private land.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Berejiklian guts protections for clean drinking water for Sydney

NSW Greens resources spokesman Jeremy Buckingham warned that the Berejiklian Government was gutting protections for the quality of Sydney’s drinking water with legislation introduced into parliament today ditching the ‘neutral and beneficial’ test for all types of development that are an extension to existing developments in the entire catchment area.  The Sydney Drinking Water Catchment extends from the Snowy Mountains to Lithgow and from Crookwell to the Illawarra.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney’s Drinking Water Catchment) Bill 2011 has two parts.  Schedule 1 validates the development consent for the Springvale coal mine (that the Court of Appeal found was invalid because it polluted the water catchment).  Schedule 2 ditches the test that extensions to existing developments (not just mines) must be either ‘neutral or beneficial’ for water quality in the catchment.  

Jeremy Buckingham NSW Greens energy and resources spokesman said: 


NEFA video: Your Forests (and how they are being devastated)

The Northeast Forest Alliance, The North Coast Environment Council and many other Conservation Groups are calling for an end to logging of our public native forests. Our public native forests are reported to be subjected to mismanagement that is impacting on forest health and the survival of our native species.

Please visit www.nefa.org.au for more information and to take action on our Forests4Ever campaign.



Published on Sep 30, 2017

NEFA

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Greens call on Labor to commit to an independent environmental watchdog

The Australian Greens call on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog, rather than just saying they will explore options for one, and to commit to reversing funding cuts to environmental regulators.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, said:

"We're glad Labor is moving towards adopting the Greens' long-held positions, but we are calling on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog rather than just saying they will 'explore options'.

Effective State and Federal ICAC required


Carol Vernon said:
I am very concerned that one result of the 2016 NSW budget will be a cut to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption of ten staff.
“I am not surprised that Liberal/National politicians would cut an anti-corruption body that has been so diligent and caused the removal of so many of their colleagues.
“The Greens have continually been thwarted by the Liberal/National Coalition and the Labor Party in establishing a federal anti-corruption body. I ask why.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Renegotiate Agreement on Skills Training to save TAFE

The Greens are calling on all political parties to sign up to renegotiating the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform, due to expire in June 2017 under the following principles: 

 ·      The renegotiation of the National Skills Agreement with contestability removed and replaced with a clear and unambiguous preference for public money to be directed to public providers

·      A commitment in NSW for 100% of all public VET funding to go publicly owned and run TAFEs, with money being diverted to private providers only where TAFEs are unable to provide the course, and

·      Full public funding for Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses at TAFE and an end to the VET-FEE Help income-contingent loan scheme 

Greens to install solar panels for public and community housing

Australia's whole stock of public and community housing would be retrofitted with solar panels to ease power bills for low income earners and make them more comfortable to live in, under a Greens plan announced today.

The nationwide upgrade of Australia's 421,000 public and community dwellings by 2030 would cost $2000 per house to install a 2Kw solar PV system,  energy efficient appliances, as part of a host of refurbishments to make the homes cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.

Greens call on Labor to commit to an independent environmental watchdog

The Australian Greens call on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog, rather than just saying they will explore options for one, and to commit to reversing funding cuts to environmental regulators.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, said:

"We're glad Labor is moving towards adopting the Greens' long-held positions, but we are calling on Labor to commit to establishing an independent environmental watchdog rather than just saying they will 'explore options'.

Greens call out Turnbull/Shorten hypocrisy over political donation deluge

The Greens have stepped up their call for political donation reform as the Prime Minister and leader of the opposition go into overdrive with their multi-million corporate fund raising events that will bring in millions of dollars.

"Right now Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten are hustling for big corporate donations, a process of chasing private money that has a corrupting influence on our democracy," Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Rhiannon said.

"The bulk of these donations will pay for the expensive television campaign advertisements that will increase with today's start of pre-polling.

Greens announce aid platform

Today Greens spokesperson for overseas aid Senator Lee Rhiannon announced the Australian Greens aid and development platform<http://greens.org.au/overseas-aid>.

The Greens plan to increase the Australian aid budget to 0.7% of GNI. The Parliamentary Budget Office has costed this at $7.97 billion over the forward estimates. The Greens will introduce a bill to achieve this in the parliament as soon as it resumes.

The United Nations has declared that developed nations should devote at least 0.7% of GNI to overseas aid in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

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Greens set out five steps to republic by 2020

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale is marking the Queen's Birthday by setting out a 5-step path to allowing Australians to serve as our own heads of state.

"We are a mature, independent, confident nation and it's time to stand on our own two feet " Senator Di Natale said.

"It's on days like today that many Australians remember the failed republic referendum of 1999. The Greens have a clear plan to ensure history doesn't repeat itself.

Greens call on AEC, Dept of Finance to investigate Parakeelia and Liberal connection

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has written to the Australian Electoral Commission and the Department of Finance requesting that both bodies investigate the relationship between Parakeelia software company and the Liberal Party of Australia and their associated branches.

Senator Rhiannon said, “The Parakeelia scandal requires further investigation and today I have written to the AEC and the Department of Finance requesting that.

“I have asked the AEC whether these allegations, if confirmed, amount to a violation of the laws governing associated entities and payments from associated entities to political parties.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Greens launch report calling for improved protection for the Pilliga and Leard forests

Greens candidate for New England Mercurius Goldstein and Senator Rhiannon today launched the 'Protecting our precious environment' campaign that calls for improved environmental protection for the Pilliga and Leard forests.

Former Greens leader Bob Brown is supporting the campaign.

Mr Goldstein said "We are seeing areas of great environmental significance our public Pilliga state forest face serious threats from CSG mining.

Cutting money from clean energy and approving coal mines is not a plan to save the Reef

The Turnbull-Joyce Government's $1 billion Reef Fund is effectively a cut from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and is undermined by the Adani coal mine.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"This is a sneaky attempt by the Turnbull Government to try to distract from the damage it is doing to the Reef by approving coal mines to export out through the Reef and cook its corals.

"All of this money is taken from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the government hasn't specified how much will go to clean energy and how much will go to water quality.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Labor-Liberal preference deal could deliver a Turnbull government


Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Grayndler candidate Jim Casey have called on Labor and Liberal leaders to confirm or deny their parties have done a deal to deliver preferences to each others candidates who are currently under threat from the Greens or the Nick Xenophon team.

Senator Rhiannon said, "Reports of a dirty deal that would see Labor preference Liberal candidates ahead of the Xenophon Team in South Australia's seats of Sturt and Mayo, in return for the Liberals directing its preferences to Labor candidates in inner city seats like Grayndler and Batman where the Greens could win, surfaced earlier this week. They have not been denied by either major party."

Joyce relocating jobs to save his own

Greens New England candidate Mercurius Goldstein and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon say that the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to the Northern Tablelands smacks of pork barrelling three weeks before an election.

Mr Goldstein said: "It looks like Barnaby Joyce is relocating jobs to Armidale in an attempt to save his own.

"Mr Joyce should have waited for the results of a cost benefit analysis that we understand is required from the Prime Minister.

"This move will go only part of the way to restoring jobs lost to the region last year when Tamworth lost the Defence force pilot training contract after 25 years of loyal service.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Childcare overhaul with ‘Universal Access’ model proposed by Greens

The Australian Greens have announced that they will take a policy of ‘Universal Access’ childcare, with a guaranteed minimum of 24 hours of subsidised care offered to every Australian family each week, to the election.

The Greens policy would create a single, means tested payment model with access guaranteed for all Australian families. Whoever wins government will need to get their proposed childcare legislation through the Senate. The Greens would push for this policy to be implemented from the 1st of July 2017.


Greens commit to ground-breaking $2 billion fund to fix Reef water quality

The Greens today announced a plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef, including a $2 billion fund and a legal cap on run-off pollution fix water quality, as well as action on global warming and a stronger role for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Greens Deputy Leader Senator Larissa Waters said:

"This is the critical election for the Reef.  Our best scientists are telling us that could lose the Reef within a generation unless we take immediate action on global warming and fixing water quality.

"As slime is covering corals bleached dead by global warming, it's clear we need to transition to clean energy to save our Great Barrier Reef and the 69 000 jobs it provides.

Childcare overhaul with ‘Universal Access’ model proposed by Greens

The Australian Greens have announced that they will take a policy of ‘Universal Access’ childcare, with a guaranteed minimum of 24 hours of subsidised care offered to every Australian family each week, to the election.

The Greens policy would create a single, means tested payment model with access guaranteed for all Australian families. Whoever wins government will need to get their proposed childcare legislation through the Senate. The Greens would push for this policy to be implemented from the 1st of July 2017.


Thursday, 9 June 2016

Greens launch "Administrator Watch" to keep a close eye on Baird & Grant’s handpicked Council Administrators

Today the Greens are launching "Administrator Watch", an online page to monitor and report on Baird’s handpicked and unelected Council Administrators.

Baird’s chosen Administrators include members of the National Party, former Delegates and Departmental Bureaucrats. None of the Administrators were elected by any one of the local communities they are now running.

The Government’s shambolic forced amalgamation process has been shrouded in secrecy, and Administrator Watch intends to shed some much needed light on how Baird’s new super-sized councils are being run.

https://www.facebook.com/Administrator-Watch-NSW-142347526177253/

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

AHA, Liberals, Nationals and Labor on political donation unity ticket against Greens and Xenophon

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports today that industry lobby group Australian Hotels Association will bankroll the major parties in order to target the Greens and Nick Xenophon.

“Once again the AHA have been caught out donating to the major parties with the Intent to undermine parties and candidates who work for limits on unfair gambling.

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Greens Announce a Regional Health Plan


Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Cowper said:  

“All Australians, no matter where they live or what they earn, should share equally in the benefits of our health system. 

“Successive governments have chosen to neglect our health - they’d rather wait until people are in crisis, than invest early.

 “The Greens see health as an investment, not a cost. Ensuring that our health system will always be accessible, affordable and universal is our priority because patients must be at the heart of the system.
“Spending more on health care is not unsustainable - it is a matter of priorities, and the Greens choose to prioritise good health care.
“We can choose to close major tax loopholes and then invest in healthcare, so that we can take advantage of new life-enhancing treatments, improve access to health services and reduce out-of-pocket costs.
 “The Greens will invest $1.4 billion in mental health over the next four years.

Greens’ super plan would save $11 billion while boosting retirement income of low earners

Greens’ Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt today announced that the Greens would save $11bn over the next four years by reining in unfair and unsustainable superannuation tax concessions, while supporting low income earners to save for their retirement.

“Unfair tax breaks for superannuation are becoming unsustainable and fair reform is needed,” said Mr Bandt.

New costings show company tax cut even more expensive: Greens

New costings from the independent Parliamentary Budget Office show the Budget would be $51b better off it the government’s big business tax cuts were blocked, suggesting the measure will cost more than the $48b estimated by the government, said Greens Treasury spokesperson, Adam Bandt.

“This report delivers the death blow to any argument that big business tax cuts are affordable,” said Mr Bandt.

“First Malcolm Turnbull refused to say how much his big business tax cuts would cost the public. Then Treasury told us the figure was $48b. Now the independent Parliamentary Budget Office says the Budget would be $51b better off if the tax cuts were reversed.”

Defending Community Legal Centres


Concern on Mid North Coast NSW
Australia’s 189 Community Legal Centres (CLCs) shoulder a massive workload for a bargain basement price, but Federal Government funding cuts mean they are compelled to turn more and more people away.
By Senator Nick McKim
Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are often on the frontline of family violence and family law cases, providing much needed support and legal advice to people who would otherwise be on their own.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Kudra Falla-Ricketts urges young people to get enrolled to vote

'She says currently, a massive 21% of 18 to 24 year old aren't enrolled. 

"This is enough to completely change the outcome of an election," she says.'

'Kudra urges young people to get enrolled to vote'

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Taxpayers and state governments will be left with a mine clean-up bill worth billions of dollars

New industry report confirms global coal demand in terminal structural decline

Taxpayers and state governments will be left with a mine clean-up bill worth billions of dollars

Greens release plan to transition thousands of jobs and fund rehabilitation costs

The Greens have today released a plan to deal with the structural decline in Australia’s coal export sector, in response to a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis that confirms the sector is in terminal decline.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Medicare review necessary and long overdue: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today welcomed the review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule but cautioned that all savings must be reinvested into health.

"The Greens don't support reducing government spending on health by one dollar - but we do support ensuring that every dollar is spent wisely," said Senator Di Natale.

"The government currently funds many tests and medical interventions that provide little value and expose patients to potential harms.

"I called for a clinician-led review of medical interventions six months ago and raised it with Sussan Ley shortly after she became Health Minister.

"This is where health reform should have begun, instead of trying to shift costs onto patients and the states through Medicare co-payments and cuts to hospital funding.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Greens call on Turnbull & Truss to recall radicalisation booklet


"This booklet is so tainted by Tony Abbott's politics of fear it should be shredded. Malcolm Turnbull has got to assert his leadership and declare Abbott's culture wars are over," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Australians who care about our incredible natural environment should be congratulated, not silenced, abandoned and demonised as they have been by this Liberal Government.

"To imply  that exercising a legitimate democratic right and calling for environmental protection is a gateway to violent extremism is breathtaking.

"Using the politics of fear to silence civil society is a dangerous abuse of power, and Mr Turnbull should put a stop to it.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Domestic violence package a good first step but housing and legal service funding shortfalls remain

The Australian Greens welcome the Federal Government's announcement of funding for domestic violence training, services and prevention today, though long-term secure increased funding for services is still required.

"The announcement today is testament to the months and months of advocacy led by Rosie Batty that has put this national emergency firmly on the public agenda," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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