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Time to end the import of ‘fake’ Aboriginal Art

The Australian Greens have announced today (Friday) they will introduce legislation to ban the import and sale of fake Aboriginal art, to overhaul the way Aboriginal art is marketed and sold, ensure its authenticity and protect the artists who produce it.

“For too long, Aboriginal artists have been ripped off and consumers have been duped by souvenirs imported to Australia from places like Indonesia and China where it is cheap to produce,” Greens arts and trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Centre Alliance has sold out SA

South Australians will lose $554 million in funding for essential services after Nick Xenophon’s Centre Alliance voted with the Government and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to give tax cuts to the wealthiest Australians, including politicians and millionaires.

“Centre Alliance has sold out South Australia and enabled the Government to dismantle our country’s progressive taxation system, making the rich richer, the poor poorer and inequality worse.

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South Australians worse off if tax cuts pass

South Australia is set to lose $554 million in funding for essential services if the Turnbull Government’s income tax cuts pass the Senate this week.

Greens’ analysis of Government and Productivity Commission figures show South Australians and Tasmanians will be the biggest losers to essential services funding under income tax cuts.

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Turnbull must stand up to Trump on tariffs, not bend the knee

News that US President Donald Trump has imposed new metal tariffs on Europe, Canada and Mexico is further proof Australia’s ‘special relationship’ with the US is a security blanket, not a strategy.
 
“Trump’s unpredictable and inexplicable lurching from one trade war to the next shows Australia can’t insulate itself from his impulses by pretending everything is normal,” Greens trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
 
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‘Not one cent’ in PRRT: Labor signs off on Liberal plan to allow companies free access to hundreds of billions of dollars of petroleum resources

The Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance report released today reveals the Labor Party is signing off on the Liberals' policy not to touch the tax system for existing petroleum resource projects. The Australian Greens said that this will allow hundreds of billions of dollars of petroleum resources to be extracted without a cent in royalties or taxes paid under the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax for decades to come. 

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EU stands against ISDS clauses, Australia should too

News today that the European Union and Australia are set to commence free trade agreement negotiations are notable for what is non-negotiable – specifically, any inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement provisions.

“These negotiations are an opportunity for Australia to break with the past and improve how trade deals are done. Australia should follow the EU’s example by committing to making the process more transparent and dropping our insistence on including insidious ISDS clauses,” Australian Greens trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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South Australians to protest cruel live animal export today

The live animal export trade is a barbaric practice that must end despite Liberal National Government infighting over the issue, Australian Greens trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“This morning Agriculture Minister David Littleproud criticised Sussan Ley of being ‘emotional’ in  her response to live exports – I bet he wouldn’t have said that if she were a Liberal man,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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People power can defeat TPP

The Greens stand with the Australian community in the fight to defeat the corporation-serving Trans Pacific Partnership.

“The Greens will fight tooth and nail to defeat this dodgy trade deal. This behind-closed-doors deal Malcolm Turnbull and his Trade Minister have signed Australia up to today is loathed by the community, who are well aware it was made by corporations, for corporations,” Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Dodgy new TPP must be scrutinised: Greens

The revived Trans-Pacific Partnership must be heavily scrutinised through a Senate inquiry before any legislation passes the Parliament, The Australian Greens say.

“The trickling of information about this revived TPP raises more questions than it answers, and The Greens will move to refer it to a Senate Inquiry,” Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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