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 ...
Izzy really serious? The Australian Greens have welcomed Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's interest in addressing the homelessness crisis, after he launched a new website to help homeless people locate and access services that have been cut by the Liberal government.
"Ask Izzy is an excellent initiative, it's something that support services and homeless people themselves have been asking for, for years. But it is of little use without the very services it is directing people to being adequately funded," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Housing Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.
"Since they've been in government the Liberals have cut more than $500 million from homelessness support services. A key recommendation from the Housing Affordability Inquiry was that the Australian Government reverse the cuts to the capital program in the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH)," Senator Ludlam said.
"Mr Turnbull never misses a chance to drop his favourite buzzwords, but if he genuine
ALP anger over unions' Greens shift - The Australian The AustralianALP anger over unions' Greens shiftThe AustralianSenator Di Natale declined to comment but Australian Greens co-convener Penny Allman-Payne insisted the party would accept donations just as other parties did. “It is the Australian Greens' long-held policy that elections should be publicly funded, to ...
Kroger's plan for Greens deal will backfire on Liberals - The Australian Kroger's plan for Greens deal will backfire on LiberalsThe AustralianWe get the inkling that such a deal may be connected to the Australian Greens' support in the Senate late last year for the conservatives' insistence on preventing tax transparency for the highest net-worth companies. I, like Michael Kroger, have spent ...
Anglo American must not palm off duty to provide Central Qld jobs The Queensland Government must make sure Anglo American does not dodge its responsibility to provide Central Queensland jobs in rehabilitation by selling its unprofitable Callide coal mine to a shelf company.
Anglo American has agreed to sell its mine to a tiny company which has raised only $750,000 from investors. It was reported today that the investment in jobs and equipment to rehabilitate the site may be more than $121 million.
"We can't let Anglo American dodge its responsibilities to provide local rehabilitation jobs by selling its mine to a shelf company with next to no assets without adequate security," Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.
"The Queensland Audit Office has found that the state government has a terrible track record in collecting enough money upfront to cover the cost of workers rehabilitating the sites of resource projects.
"Recently it was revealed that no bond was collected for the Queensland Nickel Refinery, which faces an