The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, is an Australian green political party. The party was formed in 1992 and is today a confederation of eight state and territory parties. Other than environmentalism the party cites four core values: ecological sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy and peace and non-violence.
Leader: Christine Milne
Deputy Leader: Adam Bandt
Ideology: Green politics
September 17, 2010
The Australian Greens will be seeking backing from the federal parliament to make retail banks offer mortgages and small business loans that are linked directly to movements in the official cash rate.
The proposal comes after something of a stand-off by the big four banks after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut the cash rate on Tuesday.
It was broken by the ANZ Bank on Thursday when it announced it would be pass on the full reduction to mortgages and small business loans.
The other major banks - Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac - have yet to ...
The Australian Greens party is pushing to repeal an anti-terrorism law introduced by former Prime Minister John Howard’s government, saying it was rushed through Parliament and undermines human rights.Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said aspects of the law are “extreme,” vaguely worded and undemocratic and he will introduce legislation today to scrap them.“You can be convicted for ‘recklessly possessing a thing,’ whatever that may be, or expressing political dissent,” Ludlam said in a statement. “You can be questioned and detained for prolonged ...
Environmentalists have issued a last-gasp plea to the federal government not to cop out on climate change.The government will announce its crucial 2020 target for greenhouse gas reductions on December 15.There is mounting speculation the government will opt for a relatively modest cut of five to 15 per cent.More than 50 green groups have penned an open letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd urging him to slash emissions by up to 40 per cent, for the planet''s sake."We urge you to stand up to the pressure from the big polluters and adopt a strong emissions reduction target that will keep alive the ...
Leyonhjelm, Hanson childcare comments rule them out of reasonable debate Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Senators David Leyonhjelm and Pauline Hanson have shown that they’re not up to taking part in a constructive discussion around reforming Australia’s childcare sector with ill-informed comments equating early childhood education with ‘wiping noses’, the Australian Greens have said.
“Senator Leyonhjelm clearly has no understanding of the early childhood education sector or the needs of Australian parents,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Hanson-Young said.
“Senator Leyonhjelm has a painfully simplistic view of the universe; childcare means wiping kids’ noses and being a politician means ignoring the evidence when talking about education, climate change and gun control.
“It’s no surprise that his comments have been endorsed by that authority on all things mindless and inane, Pauline Hanson.
“With childcare fees sky-rocketing under the Turnbull Government, we need genuine reform and an injection of funds to the sector,
Greens welcome more sensible approach to shark mitigation, three years on from drum-lining debacle Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Today’s election promise for a $200,000 shark barrier in Mandurah was a long time coming for friends and family of Ben Gerring according to Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren today, and underscores the success of the hard-fought community campaign against Premier Barnett’s lethal drum lining policy.
‘The promised barrier would be the sixth in WA, with most others co-funded by local governments.
“Clearly the Liberals are campaigning up and down the coast with shark barrier sweeteners for their favourite electorates.”
To date, shark barriers have been installed off Sorrento, Busselton, Dunsborough, Albany, and Coogee.
“It is unfortunate that it took a looming election for the Liberals to get serious about funding local shark mitigation strategies.
“The Greens led the call for a more sensible approach three years ago and will continue to advocate for a science based approach to keep people as safe as possible, while respecting our oceans and the cre
Greens call for Environment Minister to stand down Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The Liberal Environment Minister should stand down from his portfolio responsibilities in the wake of comments this morning that he would be comfortable with the destruction of habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals even if Roe 8 is never built, South Metropolitan Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has said.
Ms MacLaren said the reported comments demonstrated the Minister’s refusal to take responsibility and stand up for the precious Beeliar Wetlands.
“That the Minister for the Environment would be ‘comfortable’ with the destruction of high value bushland is demonstrates a complete failure in his responsibility to protect the environment,” Ms MacLaren said.
“This is particularly disappointing just weeks out from an election – and at a time when the community continues to do everything in its power to protect the Beeliar Wetlands.”
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WestConnex destruction of Sydney Park begins Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Contractors have begun cutting down trees in Sydney Park, as part of the WestConnex project.
Greens Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP joined community members at the Save Sydney Park Camp, where one resident is stationed in a tree in an act on nonviolent direct action.
"With every tree lost in Sydney Park we are one step closer to the reality of WestConnex - to the pollution, the congestion, and to the people of Western Sydney being slugged with exorbitant tolls to use this disaster of a road," said Ms Leong.