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

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Medicare review necessary and long overdue: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today welcomed the review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule but cautioned that all savings must be reinvested into health.

"The Greens don't support reducing government spending on health by one dollar - but we do support ensuring that every dollar is spent wisely," said Senator Di Natale.

"The government currently funds many tests and medical interventions that provide little value and expose patients to potential harms.

"I called for a clinician-led review of medical interventions six months ago and raised it with Sussan Ley shortly after she became Health Minister.

"This is where health reform should have begun, instead of trying to shift costs onto patients and the states through Medicare co-payments and cuts to hospital funding.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Greens call on Turnbull & Truss to recall radicalisation booklet

"This booklet is so tainted by Tony Abbott's politics of fear it should be shredded. Malcolm Turnbull has got to assert his leadership and declare Abbott's culture wars are over," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Australians who care about our incredible natural environment should be congratulated, not silenced, abandoned and demonised as they have been by this Liberal Government.

"To imply  that exercising a legitimate democratic right and calling for environmental protection is a gateway to violent extremism is breathtaking.

"Using the politics of fear to silence civil society is a dangerous abuse of power, and Mr Turnbull should put a stop to it.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Domestic violence package a good first step but housing and legal service funding shortfalls remain

The Australian Greens welcome the Federal Government's announcement of funding for domestic violence training, services and prevention today, though long-term secure increased funding for services is still required.

"The announcement today is testament to the months and months of advocacy led by Rosie Batty that has put this national emergency firmly on the public agenda," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

PM's first week sees cuts to polio eradication funding

With the world on the cusp to become polio free, the Greens have have expressed their dismay at the
Australian government's cut to polio eradication funding by half.

"The Global Polio Eradication Initiative was started by an Australian in response to the worldwide tragedy that is polio," said Greens spokesperson for international aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon.

Federal takeover would push TAFE NSW out of the frying pan into the fire

 Proposal for the federal takeover of skills education funding would push TAFE in NSW even closer to privatisation, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

('Education revolution', Sydney Morning Herald, 23 September, page 1, http://j.mp/smh150923VET)

Dr Kaye said: "Federal governments, both Labor and Liberal-National, have been even worse news for TAFE than their state colleagues.

ABC: Interview with Greens Buckingham re Great Koala Park

NSW Greens step up lobbying for Great Koala National Park

Coffs Coast Koala
Photo: Koala on the ground, Mid North Coast NSW (M.Bell)
The NSW Greens plan to increase pressure on the Turnbull Government to try and get a koala conservation area on the Mid North Coast.
Australia should become a powerhouse, an economic super power, for ecological development and tourism
Jeremy Buckingham, NSW Greens
A proposed Great Koala National Park would see 315,000 hectares of public land inland from Coffs Harbour, set aside to protect core threatened species habitat.

Letter re TAFE closures Maclean and Trenayr

Dear Sir

We believe the North Coast TAFE Institute Director has written to her staff in response to last week’s reports about proposed asset sales. These reports were based on a Cabinet document that was leaked to Greens MP John Kaye.

With regard to Trenayr she admits that staff will be relocated to Grafton. However she then states the Institute is still seeking options for repurposing or mothballing the site. But the Cabinet document states that the full site at Trenayr will be sold for a return of $1.85 million. And so TAFE will lose a purpose-built facility that should be used for the development of expertise for critical sectors of the rural economy.


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