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 say restore TAFE as primary providers of vocational education and training Speaking at the Victorian TAFE Association State Conference today, Sue Pennicuik, Victorian Greens Education spokesperson, said that “Five years of the brutal market contestability experiment in VET must end.”"The introduction of 'market contestability' under the previous Labor government, saw millions of dollars of public money siphoned into private training companies, with wide-spread reports of substandard training, that continue to this day, leaving students in the lurch and damaging the reputation of VET in Victoria”, Ms Pennicuik said."The current Liberal National government has expanded on Labor’s market contestability model and also cut an estimated $450 million from the TAFE system. This has been devastating, resulting in course and campus closures and mergers across Victoria, the loss of thousands of qualified and experienced staff and fee hikes and loss of opportunity for students”.Today I am calling on all parties to commit to:1. Abandon the failed market contest
Coal provides just 1.2% of Qld jobs and threatens job-rich agriculture and tourism The Australian Greens welcome The Australia Institute’s report out today showing how overblown the coal industry’s contribution to jobs is in Queensland.
“While the big mining companies and their spin machines would want us to believe otherwise, this report shows the coal industry only employs 1.2 per cent of the workforce in Queensland,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.
“More Queenslanders work in the arts and recreation services than they do in the coal industry, and our biggest employers include health, education and retail.
“Agriculture is also a far more significant employer in Queensland than coal mining, and yet the Newman Government is letting the big mining companies ruin agricultural land and water.
“The Newman Government is letting the big coal companies trash the Great Barrier Reef and for what? A 1.2 per cent slice of the state’s workforce and just 4 per cent of state government revenue.
“Not only is coal’s contrib
Greens call on Government to commit to anti-poverty strategy The Australian Greens have marked International Anti-Poverty Day, calling on the Federal Government to prioritise a National Anti-Poverty Strategy, and to abandon cruel cuts to social security and income support.
"Australia is a wealthy nation with a strong economy, but too many people are being left behind and ignored," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for families and community services said today.
"ACOSS's latest report shows 2.5 million people live below the poverty line, while research from the Curtin Economics Centre has found that over a million Australians are in severe income poverty, with a household income less than 30% of the national median, and that more than 310,000 children live in households experiencing severe poverty.
"In the year since the last election, Tony Abbott has taken Australia backwards, introducing a regime of deep cuts, guided by a flawed ideology about what it means to be trapped in poverty. Poverty can't be tackled at a time when e
Greens will demand amendments to Foreign Fighters bill The Australian Greens will not support no-go zones, the extension of preventative detention orders and the collection of biometric data at airports in the Abbott Government's Foreign Fighters legislation.
Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Greens would seek to delay debate on the second tranche of terror laws to allow time for further scrutiny, amid concerns even the government does not fully understand the extent of the powers they are creating.
"These laws are draconian and will have long-term impacts on how everyday Australians go about their lives," Senator Wright said. "We will not support the legislation in its current form."
"The government is in such a hurry they don't even understand the extent of the changes themselves. To rush the bills through parliament without the chance for proper scrutiny is irresponsible and anti-democratic.
"These are the most significant counter-terrorism changes in our lifetime. We don't want to get to a p