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 ...
Dying with Dignity referral to Victorian Law Reform Commission Debate of the Greens motion to refer ‘Dying with Dignity’ to the Victorian Law Reform Commission will continue in the next parliamentary sitting week.
Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland is heartened by the numbers of MPs from all parties indicating that they will support the motion.
Ms Hartland thanks members of the community who have taken the time to express support over recent weeks.
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Greens condemn passing of data retention law - CIO Australia CIO AustraliaGreens condemn passing of data retention lawCIO Australia“The ALP has caved in to Tony Abbott's self-interested fear campaign and supported a bill that entrenches a form of passive mass surveillance over 23 million Australians,” said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam following the vote. “The ALP will be judged for ...Greens try for last-minute data retention amendmentsiT NewsGreens seek amendments as Senate opens metadata debateComputerworld AustraliaDon't say you weren't warned - Ludlam on data retentioniTWireZDNet -The Guardian -The Australian Financial Reviewvšech 116 zpravodajských článků »
Labor and Coalition must act to strength corruption watchdog Commenting on today’s High Court finding that ICAC had no power to investigate Margaret Cunneen, Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
“While this is a setback, the High Court decision should not be used as an excuse by the Coalition and Labor to step away from the fight against corruption,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“ICAC must be allowed to look into the conduct of individuals where it contributes to corruption.
“If the NSW government fails to update anti-corruption laws, it would weaken ICAC’s ability to investigate bribery, fraud, and misconduct.
“In recent years, ICAC has been instrumental to exposing the scale of the corruption crisis in NSW. Without robust powers, it could not have shone a light on the likes of Eddie Obeid, Chris Hartcher, Ian MacDonald, and many more.
“The community will be anxious to know that ICAC can continue this vital work.
“Greens NSW anti-corruption spokesperson Jamie Parker has already called for legislation to be
Election report: Liberal/National MPs in dangerous move to limit voters’ rights The Greens will oppose a push by Liberal and National MPs to introduce changes that would make it harder for some people to vote.
Coalition members of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters have recommended imposing restrictions on updating the electoral roll and adopting identification requirements on voters in federal elections.
Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon, a member of the Committee, has said:
“If the Abbott government acted on these recommendations the result would be fewer people on our electoral roll and fewer people voting in elections.
“I am concerned that certain Coalition MPs are exaggerating the threat of voter fraud. Little evidence of this problem was presented to the committee.
“Requiring voter ID would disenfranchise certain groups of voters including the disadvantaged, Indigenous people, the homeless and the elderly. Tens of thousands of people would be denied their right to vote if the Abbott government moved on this change.