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Greens stand with students protesting against uni cuts

The Australian Greens stand in solidarity with students protesting around the country today against the government's harsh university cuts.

"This government's attacks on students will not go unnoticed and will not go unchallenged," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Greens stand in solidarity with students protesting against these cruel and unnecessary cuts.

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Manus documents show torture is government policy

Documents showing a plan to make conditions worse for people in Australia's Manus Island detention centre are proof that the torture of innocent people seeking asylum is Australian government policy.

"Punishing people and subjecting them to degradation to coerce an outcome fits squarely within the definition of torture," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"The Australian government, and the private contractors it has employed, are in clear breach of their legal and moral obligations."

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Urgent action needed on rental affordability

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2017
The Rental Affordability Index for December 2016 released today shows urgent action needs to be taken by the Turnbull government, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
“The deeply shocking statistics about rental affordability keep coming, but we are not seeing any action from the Turnbull government,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
“In the recent budget there was no real funding increase for social housing and homelessness services, and no increase in rent assistance for low-income renters.
 
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Turnbull’s contamination taskforce must publicly report activities

Ahead of the visit of Turnbull government’s contamination taskforce to the Williamtown ‘red zone’ in NSW tomorrow, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the government to publicly report on the taskforce’s activities.
 
Senator James McGrath is the head of the prime ministerial contamination taskforce. 
 
“For many residents tomorrow’s visit will be too little too late, and I certainly understand that. It has been a long, hard slog for many residents whose lives have been upturned by this disaster,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
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Dutton and Turnbull abandon the men of Manus Island

The Australian government is preparing to completely wash its hands of the men it has detained for four years on Manus Island.

"After four years of hell overseen by the Australian government, these men have now have to make an impossible choice," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"The walls of the detention centre were the only thing between asylum seekers and heavy gunfire last month – now Peter Dutton wants to knock down the walls."

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Labor wants to give Bank CEOs more platforms to delay levy and cry poor

Greens Banking spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says while the Greens will support any inquiry to the specific bank levy legislation, we won’t support a full references Inquiry without seeing the terms of reference.

Senator Whish-Wilson, “It hasn’t taken long for Bill Shorten and Anna Bligh to team up and tag team against the bank levy proposal.

“Let’s make it very clear, based on this government's past form, if these banks don’t pay this levy then it will be the poorest Australians who will have to make up the difference.

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Manus Island report reveals Dutton's neglect and lies

Amnesty International's report on the Manus Island shooting and concessions from PNG police have made clear Peter Dutton's catastrophic failure to keep people safe as well as his disgraceful dishonesty.

"The report and PNG police have made it clear that bullets were fired upon the detention centre, contrary to Dutton's claims," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"People in his care are being shot at and he has not lifted a finger to keep them safe. This is an appalling act of neglect."

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ScoMo should bring forward the account portability measures to stick it to the big banks

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on Scott Morrison to bring forward the account portability measures in the budget, to make it harder for the big banks to pass on costs to customers.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens took full bank account portability as a policy to the 2016 election. Bringing this in would allow customers to change bank accounts with a couple of mouse clicks.

“If we brought forward bank account portability, then the first bank to put up fees would be faced with an immediate exodus of customers.

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Greens support report on Aboriginal incarceration that calls for justice targets and custody notification services

A report into Aboriginal incarceration rates in Australia that focuses on the plight of Aboriginal women being disproportionately imprisoned needs to be considered as a matter of urgency by Government if they are serious about close the gap efforts, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

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Statement on Australian Greens position on Government education package

Statement from Australian Greens education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young:

I would like to clarify the Greens position on the government's schools funding bill.

The Greens have not yet made a decision on the Government’s schools legislation. 
The Australian Greens Party Room is carefully considering this matter and will be consulting widely on this in coming weeks. Parents and teachers can rest assured that we are rock solid in our support for public schools and fair, needs-based funding. 

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