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 take action in the Senate to make it easier to access medicinal cannabis Tuesday, February 14, 2017
As Parliament returns for the first sitting fortnight of the year, the Australian Greens have lodged a motion to stop the Government’s proposed restrictions medicinal cannabis
Dr Richard Di Natale, Greens Leader and Health Spokesperson, said today, “With this latest round of regulations, the Government has tried to add unnecessary time, stress, and difficulty for terminally ill patients to access medicinal cannabis. This is something the Australian Greens will not accept.
"The test of this regulation is whether it makes it easier for patients with medically approved conditions to legally and affordably access medicinal cannabis products through their doctor. It has clearly failed that test, and so we will be working within the Senate to prevent the Government from proceeding down this route.
“Terminally ill patients who are using medicinal cannabis to alleviate their suffering have been let down by a Government that has previously demonstrated s
Child mortality no longer on track as Government continues rhetoric to close the gap Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The Close the Gap report now showing that child mortality rates are not on track is a dismal reflection on the Government’s half-hearted and under-funded attempts to end Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.
“One of the targets is on track to Close the Gap for our First Peoples. Just one. How has the Government let it get to this stage?
“I have witnessed many Closing the Gap reports in my time as a Senator but this year’s report is particularly devastating. Unfortunately it is not surprising.
“When they ripped half a billion dollars out of the sector, leaders, Aboriginal organisations and service deliverers knew the impacts would be real. This is now reflected in this report. This highlights why the Government needs to adopt the Redfern Statement’s Engagement Approach.
“Falling behind on child mortality rates means that the Government’s failure to act in this space is costing lives.
“We’ve also gone backwards wh
Greens will oppose Omnibus Bill Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The Australian Greens today said they will oppose the Government’s Omnibus Bill in its entirety.
“The Australian Greens will be opposing this bill in its entirety. The measures in the Bill will hurt struggling Australians to support.
“The threat that the social safety net cuts are necessary to pay for childcare reforms and the NDIS shows their spiteful and ham-fisted approach to our most vulnerable.
“Prime Minister Turnbull, please stop trying to tell Australians that we need to hack at the social safety net to pay for childcare and the NDIS. That is rubbish and you know it.
"People with disabilities have rejected the Government's cynical attempts to justify the cuts to pay for the NDIS as do we. The Government over-reached in trying to sell their cuts, cutting supports for one group of vulnerable Australians for another vulnerable group is low politics.
“They need to go back to the drawing board and stop being so allergic to revenue rais
Greens call on Turnbull to get behind Redfern Statement Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The Australian Greens have recommitted to the Redfern Statement presented to political leaders today and call on the Federal Government to urgently commit to the recommendations and engagement approach outlined.
“The Government is notorious in using rhetoric when talking about reducing disadvantage for our First Peoples – the Redfern Statement offers Aboriginal-led solutions to closing the gap in a timely manner rather than going backwards”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“The Government should immediately implement recommendation that the $534 million cut from the Aboriginal sector by the Government be re-instated. That money could go towards pursuing the priority areas outlined in the Redfern Statement and would serve as a solid foundation for resetting the efforts to close the gap.
“As previously outlined in my letter to the Prime Minister, I support the Redfern Statement’s calls for justice targets. I hope