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 ...
Adjustments to aged care cuts a step in the right direction but changes must go to a senate inquiry: Greens Tuesday, December 6, 2016Although proposed changes to aged care funding are a step in the right direction Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has emphasised that we need a senate inquiry to investigate the complicated cuts and most recently proposed changes.
“The bottom line is that the cuts to the aged care funding are really complicated and need investigation. The Greens have repeatedly put forward a motion for the cuts to go to a senate inquiry and repeatedly both Labor and the Coalition have voted against it.
“I hope both the old parties acknowledge that these changes need further scrutiny. Particularly because there is still $1.6 billion in cuts to the aged care sector on the table. This is not loose change and these cuts remain ad hoc.
“The Greens agree that the proposed increased supplement to support remote and rural aged care services is a positive thing but note that huge cuts to the sector still remain.
“We also acknowledge that the Government has done the righ
Greens welcome Government bill to legalise assisted dying Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Greens welcome Government bill to legalise assisted dying
The Greens have welcomed news that the Victorian Government will introduce a bill to legalise assisted dying A parliamentary committee this year recommended a strictly regulated model of assisted dying be legalised for terminally ill people. The Greens first introduced a bill to legalise assisted dying ten years ago and have worked tirelessly towards a legalised framework ever since. “It’s great news that the Government will introduce a bill to finally legalise assisted dying,” Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland said. “The Greens will continue drafting our bill until we see the Government’s proposed legislation, but hopefully this is something all members can support,” she said. Greens MP Nina Springle, who was deputy-chair of the committee said, “After spending ten months working on this inquiry, this is a step in the right direction."
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SA schools already struggling should not face further budget cuts Tuesday, December 6, 2016The Australian Greens have expressed fears for the future of public education after it was revealed today many Adelaide high schools are struggling to pay the bills.
“If South Australian high schools have to cut courses and teaching staff to keep their buildings up to scratch, something is very wrong with the way schools are funded. What is happening in Adelaide is telling of the scarcity of funding across the board for Australian schools,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.
“While our schools struggle to pay for the basics, Malcolm Turnbull is striding toward an education funding cliff in 2018 with little regard to those already doing it tough.
“In South Australia, Gonski funding was aggressively backdated to the final years of the deal in 2018 and 2019. If Malcolm Turnbull is allowed to rip that deal to pieces at the end of 2017, it will be a disaster for our state.
“Teachers and schools in South Australia can’t continue to d
Greens welcome KPMG calls for an increase to Newstart Tuesday, December 6, 2016Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed reaffirmed calls by KPMG for a significant increase to Newstart of $50 a week in its report Reform Agenda for Australia, released today.
“The Australian Greens have been campaigning for a long time to increase Newstart, woefully low income support payments mean people are living in poverty and this is another barrier to gaining employment.
“Stakeholders, the Greens and major tax firm KPMG have pointed to evidence that increasing the payment will help pull people out of poverty, will better support people as they search for a job, and will boost the economy.
"Over the years the payment has fallen even further behind an acceptable amount. This alone should send a signal that the payment is well overdue for an increase.
“Just last week we heard that oil and gas companies may be incorrectly claiming up to $5 billion in tax deductions. Imagine if some of that money went to our most vulnerable who would