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Greens comment on Whitlam Liberal candidate pulling out

Lee Rhiannon 26 May 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Whitlam Tom Hunt have commented on Liberal candidate for Whitlam Dr Carolyn Currie’s decision to pull out of the election 13 days after she was declared a candidate. 

“This is a broader pattern we are noticing right across the country as we get stuck into campaigning – the huge discrepancy between what communities want and expect of their local representatives, and what Labor, Liberal and National candidates are able to promise them. 

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Greens welcome local traders proposal to manage drug issues in Richmond

Adam Bandt 25 May 2016

The Greens today said the proposal from local traders in Richmond to support a supervised injecting facility for the area and not simply CCTV cameras was worthy of consideration to help deal with drug issues present in Richmond.

Greens Yarra Councillor Misha Coleman said: “We welcome this constructive proposal from local traders and believe it is worthy of very serious consideration.”

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Malcolm Turnbull disappoints in Tasmania yet again

Launceston-based Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson makes the following comment on the Malcolm Turnbull visit to Launceston today.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “There was more money invested in Tasmania in the stage-management of a press event than there was in actual funding announcements for the Tasmanian community.

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Greens call on Illawarra Labor – put young casuals first, back penalty rate protection

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2016

Greens Cunningham candidate Cath Blakey and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon are calling on Illawarra Labor branches and MPs to support union and Greens plans to protect penalty rates through legislation. 

“Protecting penalty rates is a huge issue for young people living in the Illawarra as most rely on casual work,” Ms Blakey said. 

“The Greens plan to protect penalty rates by moving legislation in the next parliament will help provide certainty to all locals who rely on casual work. 

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Ground breaking report sets secure future for south east forests

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2016

Greens Eden Monaro candidate Tamara Ryan and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon have strongly backed a ground breaking report by the NSW National Parks Association that details how the Regional Forests Agreements have failed.

“The NPA Report sets out clear evidence of why the RFAs have failed to protect forests and provides a path that will save our south east forests,” Ms Ryan said. 

“The big RFA lie that successive federal and state governments have used to justify destructive logging of south east forests has now been exposed. 

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Only party preferencing Liberals is Labor: Bandt

Adam Bandt 10 May 2016

Greens Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP today said the only party preferencing the Liberals is Labor.

“There is no deal. Let's be clear about what is going on here. Labor is desperately pleading for Liberal preferences to hang on to their inner-city seats,” Mr Bandt said.

“The most likely deal is one between Labor and Liberal, just like at the last election, where they joined up to try and stop the Greens from winning Melbourne.”

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Cowper - Greens Senate team joins local candidate on election campaign trail

The Greens NSW Senate team are spending the first week of the election campaign on the mid north coast working with Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Cowper.

Ms Vernon said “We will be talking to voters about the Greens plan to clean up politics, boost jobs on the mid north coast, expand renewable energy, start construction of High Speed Rail and back more funding for TAFE. 

“We have a jam packed program for our Senate team and we will be working from one end of the electorate to the other visiting all the main towns. 

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