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 ...
Shorten must walk the talk on local steel and oppose the TPP The Australian Greens' trade spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today called on the Labor Party to commit to opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the wake of Bill Shorten's comments about Arrium Steel.
Bill Shorten said yesterday that he would require all levels of government to buy local steel, and asked the rhetorical question, "What's wrong with requiring Australian content in the steel?"
Senator Whish-Wilson responded by saying, "Bill Shorten's promise to demand Australian governments buy Australian steel is hollow unless he commits Labor to vote against the TPP.
"The TPP will prevent federal and state governments from having meaningful buy-local policies.
"A breach of the TPP would lead to severe penalties, including by the use of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions which allow big corporations to sue our governments and their taxpayers.
"The TPP has been signed and cannot be amended. Bill Shorten and Labor Party must make it clear how they will v
Ward closures at Footscray Hospital show urgent need for redevelopment Sunday, April 10, 2016
Victorian Greens call for urgent Footscray Hospital redevelopment funding in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget, after about 60 beds and three wards have been closed due to the decrepit facilities.
“The government thinks it can deliver 21st century healthcare in a run-down 1950s hospital. It’s clearly not working, and it’s the people of the west who are suffering as a result,” said Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson and MP for the Western Suburbs, Colleen Hartland.
“It’s shocking to walk the halls and see doors to wards locked and the lights down. It’s appalling that successive Liberal and Labor Governments have allowed it to get to this point.”
“Before the wards were closed, the floors are literally cracking, there was very limited privacy, and patients were expected to share two communal toilets with up to 33 other sick people. Unfortunately, the wards still open in the South Block are not much better.”
“The fact that the government has rece
Greens lock in behind new push to ban nuclear weapons The Australian Greens today launched a campaign calling for Julie Bishop to support a global treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
In December last year, 138 countries voted at the UN General Assembly in favour of supporting a humanitarian pledge for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. Australia did not support this vote.
Greens co-deputy leader and nuclear spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said nuclear weapons are the most destructive on earth.
“In 1972 the world banned biological weapons, in 1993 we banned chemical weapons, in 1997 we banned land mines, and in 2008 we banned cluster munitions. This campaign calls for Australia to join 138 countries in the UN General Assembly to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons,” he said.
“The risks are real and the consequences are catastrophic. The best protection against nuclear war is eliminating nuclear weapons.
“At this year’s UN Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament, Australia has an opportunity to stand with the majorit
Greens to move motion calling for Royal Commission into the Financial Sector When the Senate resumes the week commencing 18 April the Greens will again move a motion calling for the establishment of a Royal Commission into the Financial Sector. The Greens last moved this motion on the 24 June 2015 at which time it was opposed by the Labor Party and the Coalition Government.
Greens Finance spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said, "It's time to work out where everybody stands on this. The Australian public are clamouring for Royal Commission to root out crime and misconduct in the financial sector.
"The Labor Party has been fence sitting on this issue for far too long and this has given the Government the freedom to ignore the issues.
"Every major banking institution has been now been implicated in scandals. This runs industry-wide.
"Treasurer Scott Morrison's comments this morning in defence of the sector were hysterical. While he only deals with the banks across boardroom tables and at fundraising dinners, I have to deal with bank executives being evas