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Historic Win for First Nations Land Rights and Human Rights

Last night, the Greens Senator for Victoria Lidia Thorpe successfully introduced a Private Senators Bill that will ensure this Country complies with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, or UNDRIP.

This Bill is the first step towards implementing UNDRIP into our laws, policies and practice. The Senate also passed a motion, introduced by Senator Thorpe and Senator Cox, that will establish an inquiry into the application of the UNDRIP.

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Public education hit hard in hostile budget

Australian Greens Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said that education has been smashed by a budget hostile to public schools, universities, TAFE, and early childhood education and care.

Senator Faruqi said:

“This is a government hostile to public education and its final budget proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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Scott Morrison’s final budget makes housing more expensive, funds more coal & gas

The Australian Greens have slammed the government’s final budget for making housing more expensive, locking in tax cuts for the wealthy and funding more coal and gas projects rather than acting on the climate crisis.

The Liberals' final budget contains more than $37.6 bn for coal, oil and gas, gives $13bn of public money to property investors, and has no new money to build affordable housing.

The Greens want government invest to build a million affordable homes.

Quotes from Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt MP:

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Budget of spin and half-measures leaves Australian women underwhelmed

Larissa Waters 30 Mar 2022

The Greens say the Morrison Government has bungled its last chance to show it takes women’s safety and economic security seriously with an underwhelming budget of half-measures and spin.

Lines attributable to Greens deputy leader and spokesperson on women Senator Larissa Waters:

“With an election looming it’s little wonder that the Morrison Government is desperately trying to improve its standing with Australian women, who have been abandoning the Liberals in droves.

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Tasmania left out in the cold by Federal Budget

The Greens have slammed the Morrison Government for using the budget for cynical electioneering purposes, while simultaneously destroying what makes lutruwita/Tasmania unique. 

Quotes attributable to Greens Senator for lutruwita/Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson:  

“This is an election Budget for the next 6 weeks, designed by the Morrison Government to buy and bribe its way back into office. There is no plan, no vision for Tasmania. 

“Sadly, the environment and climate are the big losers in this budget. 

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Greens to move for Senate inquiry into biodiversity offsets market and call on Labor to stand up to Barnaby Joyce

The Morrison Government’s new Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Market Bill looks set to fail Australia’s environment despite promises to help ecosystem restoration, the Australian Greens have said today.

The Greens will refer the bill to a Senate inquiry for review and have called on the Labor Party to back an inquiry, before voting on the bill.

Quotes attributable to Greens spokesperson for the environment, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young:

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Fuel excise Budget cut may vanish but housing crisis and student debt will remain

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP, says temporary Federal Budget cuts to fuel excise may not even make it to people’s pockets, and that rather than proceeding with Stage 3 tax cuts and temporary excise cuts, the government should tackle major cost of living pressures by building affordable housing and wiping student debt. The Greens have said they will reserve their position on any government fuel excise announcement until the details are released.

Quotes attributable to Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP:

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