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

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Abbott's northern plan shows little understanding of responsible development

21 June 2013

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott's plan for Australia's north shows how little he understands about the importance of responsible, sustainable development.

"Northern Australia is not an empty and forgotten part of our country waiting to be exploited, which is what Mr Abbott seems to think," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

"Moves towards intensive agriculture and expanded resource development, along with weakened, tick-and-flick environmental assessments have the potential to very damaging to the environment and local communities.

"Investment in northern Australia is important, however this must be done in a long term, sustainable fashion in order to support communities, not simply to deliver on the demands of big business.

"Large scale intensive agriculture across the north of Australia has been a pipe dream for decades. It's been tried before and the results have ended up as expensive white elephants.

"The water for large scale intensive agriculture isn't available, as has been demonstrated by CSIRO. The entire operation would also be susceptible to changing weather patterns and more extreme weather events.

"Intensive land use would affect entire ecosystems, and Mr Abbott cannot gloss over that fact.

"Unsustainable land use, changes to water flow, pollution and invasive species all have the capacity to radically change this part of our country.

"Northern Australian needs to be managed in a responsible and sustainable way, and that is not the path being set out by Tony Abbott," Senator Siewert concluded.

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Thousands to Walk Together in Welcome

June 21, 2013

Greens Multicultural Affairs spokesperson and Welcome to Australia ambassador Tammy Franks will join hundreds of like-minded South Australians tomorrow (Saturday) at Welcome to Australia's Walk Together event.

The Refugee Week walk in Adelaide is one of 15 Walk Together events being organised by Welcome to Australia, with thousands expected to turn out across the country in support of a compassionate approach towards refugees and asylum seekers.

"Australia is the land of the fair go and Welcome to Australia is all about celebrating cultural diversity and welcoming those who come across the sea seeking a better life," Ms Franks said.

"I grew up right next door to Sydney's Endeavour immigration Hostel in the '80s, where playgrounds and open spaces prevailed, not the barbed wire and barbed words of now.

"Meeting and playing with the children of immigrants and refugees from around the world made for brilliant conversations, great insights and some fantastic lunchtime swaps.

"These days of course those very same childhood friends would instead be languishing in isolated, humid hell-holes and I would never have had the joy of off-loading my peanut butter or vegemite sandwiches for some far more fabulous prawn crackers!

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"Whatever your political persuasion, tomorrow's walk is about recognising the equality and dignity of all people and aspiring to be a nation that celebrates diversity and welcomes refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

"Together we'll be calling for an end to the politics of fear and prejudice.

"All of us are an important part of the Australian story and tomorrow is about recognising that through this visual demonstration," Ms Franks concluded.

In 2012, more than 10,000 Australians in 11 cities walked together. Join the walk in Adelaide commencing at 1pm tomorrow (Saturday) outside Parliament House, North Tce and concluding with a Welcome Picnic in Rymill Park (corner Rundle St and East Tce.)

More information: http://www.welcometoaustralia.org.au/

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Queensland and NT have nowhere to hide on Gonski

11 June 2013

Coalition governments in Queensland and the Northern Territory must stop playing blind man's bluff on school funding reforms, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

The call came as the Federal Government figures revealed just how much money would flow to some of the most disadvantaged schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

"Premier Newman and Chief Minister Giles have been stumbling round in the dark making all sorts of claims about how the Gonski school funding reforms would harm local schools," Senator Wright said.

"Today's figures show those claims are false. Schools in Queensland and the NT stand to greatly benefit from a more equitable funding system.

"Every child deserves the opportunity to receive a high quality education and it would be a great shame for Queensland and NT students to miss out on this once-in-a-generation chance.

"It's time to end the childish political games and get on with making sure every Australian child has a world-class education."

Monday, 3 June 2013

The Greens want to put a stop to the dumping of dredge spoil.

Sunday, June 2, 2013


The Australian Greens announced a new policy in Brisbane today to stop offshore dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef, being dug up at record rates for new coal and gas ports.

"It's time Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott started treating the Great Barrier Reef as a natural wonder of the world and not as a dumping ground for the big mining companies," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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"The Greens want to put a stop to the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and polling shows more than 90 per cent of Australians agree.

"We're taking to the election a policy of no new permits for offshore dumping in the reef and no new permits for dredging in the reef unless there is a plan to dispose of the dredge spoil onshore."

Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said the reef dumping put coral and fish health at risk, and could have far worse impacts than currently understood.

"Big mining companies are meant to dump offshore as a last resort, but recently the old parties have allowed record amounts of dumping," Senator Waters said.

"Since 2000, 22 million cubic metres of dredge spoil has been approved to be dumped in our precious reef - that's more than 13 MCGs worth.

"Because of wind, wave and ocean current action, the dredge spoil travels and can end up smothering precious coral ecosystems and affecting fishing areas - all just to save the big mining companies the cost of disposing the spoil on land.

"Last week in Senate estimates, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority told me that since their scientists recently started using 3D modelling and factoring in deep ocean currents, they'd found dredge spoil sediment was moving much further than previously claimed by dredging companies.

"It's environmental negligence to let the big mining companies dump their dredged port waste in the Great Barrier Reef, especially when we still don't know the full impact and when the UN is warning the reef could be added to the list of World Heritage sites in danger in a year."


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