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 ...
Adam Bandt's response to Pyne's research announcement: if we stare this government down, we can beat them Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today responded to Christopher Pyne’s backdown on his threat to cut funding for Australian researchers and world-leading facilities.
“The government has blinked, proving that if we stare the Liberals down, they can be beaten.”
“The community clearly values science and research much more than they value the Abbott government.”
“Christopher Pyne’s backdown from his grubby attempts to blackmail the Parliament is a huge win for Australian scientists and researchers.”
Vanuatu aid welcome but not enough: Greens - The Australian (blog) Vanuatu aid welcome but not enough: GreensThe Australian (blog)THE Australian Greens say aid for Vanuatu is essential but not enough while Australia is still contributing to global warming. GREENS Leader Christine Milne has welcomed the government's speedy response in committing $5 million in aid and medical ...a další »
Carer shortage crippling foster care system Greens community spokesperson Nina Springle says the newly announced out-of-home care packages will fail unless more is done to address structural problems in the state care system.
“Children end up in residential care because there simply aren't enough foster homes,” Ms Springle said.
“It is good to see recommendations from the Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry being implemented, particularly when focused on getting young children out of residential care units.
“We remain concerned that there is no state-wide strategy to attract new foster carers, while those currently offering care leave the system in record numbers.
“The Greens will seek assurance that this announcement delivers new money, given numbers of children needing state care dramatically exceeds per-capita funding available,” Ms Springle said.
Contact - Alistair 0425 792 532
Greens bill to widen car funding plan - The Australian (blog) The Australian (blog)Greens bill to widen car funding planThe Australian (blog)THE Australian Greens will seek the backing of parliament for a bill to expand car industry assistance. THE Greens will move a bill in the Senate next week to change the rules of the Automotive Transformation Scheme to open up hundreds of millions of ...a další »