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 ...
Greens bill to widen car funding plan - The Australian (blog) The Australian (blog)Greens bill to widen car funding planThe Australian (blog)THE Australian Greens will seek the backing of parliament for a bill to expand car industry assistance. THE Greens will move a bill in the Senate next week to change the rules of the Automotive Transformation Scheme to open up hundreds of millions of ...a další »
Government’s surveillance shambles adds to Senate chaos The Greens have called for debate on the Government's controversial mass surveillance legislation to be adjourned, as concerns have escalated rapidly over costs, privacy and protection of journalists' sources.
"During question time today, Attorney General Senator George Brandis quoted Government policy and told the Senate that:
"Australia's existing legal framework is founded on robust principles with provide fair and equal treatment of all subject to its laws; the same laws, Senator Ludlam, apply to all citizens, and they ought to apply equally."
"Less than an hour later, Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a vague announcement that journalists would be granted additional layers of protection. Like many others, I will believe it when I see it," said Greens Communications spokesperson Senator for WA Scott Ludlam.
"Despite being in direct contradiction to what Senator Brandis just told the Senate, this concession begs the question of how the Government proposes to protect the communications
Economy over environmentalism: meet the new Greens scaring Labor - The Australian The AustralianEconomy over environmentalism: meet the new Greens scaring LaborThe AustralianThe Greens vote also rose at the Queensland state election to record 8.4 per cent of primary votes cast, but the party failed to win a seat. In South Australia the Greens have two upper house representatives but have failed to break through in the ...a další »
Vanuatu aid welcome but not enough: Greens - The Australian (blog) Vanuatu aid welcome but not enough: GreensThe Australian (blog)THE Australian Greens say aid for Vanuatu is essential but not enough while Australia is still contributing to global warming. GREENS Leader Christine Milne has welcomed the government's speedy response in committing $5 million in aid and medical ...a další »