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 ...
Australia grim, senator tells NZ Greens - The Australian Australia grim, senator tells NZ GreensThe AustralianAUSTRALIAN Greens senator Scott Ludlam has given the New Zealand Green Party's annual conference a grim account of life in his country under Tony Abbott's government. "I didn't come here for sympathy, but things are in a pretty bad way," Senator ...a další »
USA military bases in the Northern Territory 24/06/2014
Back in November 2011 visiting US President Barack Obama and our Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a deployment of US Marines on our soil. “We are here to stay,” said President Obama.
The agreement is for 200 to 250 Marines to be stationed in Darwin from 2012 with numbers building up to 2,500 by 2016. For the first time, the US Marines can now conduct private exercises by themselves on Australian soil. The move is widely seen as an attempt to counter the rising influence of China in the region.
This year brings the third tranche of USA Marines, which is the first to bring most of the hardware and machinery which will be permanently based in Darwin.
The first two years saw small contingents of only around 200 marines on a clearly defined diplomatic mission, which was openly described as such. But the diplomatic missions didn't all go their way. In 2013, a ship visit of 2000 sailors from the Talisman Sabre war games brought an aggravated rape, which is still befo
Low returns for Tasmania’s big mining subsidies A new report out today shows Tasmania is spending $17 million to prop up mining and minerals processing industries, even though low global prices are rendering some mines unviable, said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.
"The Australia Institute report shows that for the $17 million in corporate welfare to the miners from the Tasmanian government on roads and other subsidies, we got back just $49 million in royalties," Senator Milne said.
"The government recently gave Shree Minerals a royalty holiday for its Nelson River mine but the same mine, with its handful of jobs, has halted production due to low iron ore prices.
"We are now left with a scar marring the Tarkine, $14 million spent on west coast roads over the past four years, and no knowledge of when, or if, the mine will ever re-start or whether there is enough money to rehabilitate the area.
"Over the past four years the government has spent $54 million on mining and processing subsidies which equates to about 116 te
Racial profiling and the issue of alcohol in Central Australia 28/05/2014
The Northern Territory Intervention did untold damage by labelling all Aboriginal people in the 73 ‘prescribed communities’ in the NT as alcoholics and child abusers, and the huge blue and white signs erected at the entrance to each of the living areas stating “No Liquor No Pornography” emphasised this stigma. Most of the communities and some of the town camps had been ‘dry’ areas through community initiative and consensus decision-making prior to 2007. The repressive NTER (Intervention) laws (compulsory leasing of land, undermining of organisations and local autonomy with the imposition of statutory regulations and government business managers, income management controlling how and where people could spend their social security entitlements) was compounded by the NT Government abolishing community councils and introducing a shire system of local government which crossed tribal boundaries and saw a huge increase in the exodus of people from communities to t