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 ...
Maribyrnong Greens push for Council action on plastic pollution Monday, October 3, 2016
Greens push for Council action on plastic pollution
Greens candidates standing for Maribyrnong Council at the upcoming election have put forward a plan to tackle plastic waste and reduce compostable food scraps going to landfill, in an effort to reduce pollution and lower landfill emissions.
Simon Crawford, candidate for Yarraville Ward, said, "In the 21st century, why do we still accept that our waterways are polluted? We need to take strong action as a council to reduce our local impacts and ensure the Maribyrnong River and local creeks are pollution-free for everyone to enjoy."
The Greens' proposal includes upgrading curbside recycling to include soft plastics like bread bags and plastic bags, allowing food scraps to be disposed of in council green waste bins, working towards a plastic bag free Maribyrnong, and a 'BYO H2O' water bottle initiative.
The Greens also want Council to reduce plastic waste in its own operations city-wide, and to establish a plas
Proposed variation of the cashless welfare card should be left on the shelf: Greens Tuesday, October 4, 2016Pushing unemployed youth onto a variation of the cashless welfare card demonstrates long held fears by the community that the cashless welfare card trials would result in an expanded rollout, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“Surprise, surprise. Before the cashless welfare card trials in regional communities have concluded, the Government is spruiking a similar card for other vulnerable cohorts of the community.
“It is clear the Government is not genuinely interested in proper evidence. The first rollout is a stepping stone to a broader rollout of a card that is built on ideology.
“The Minister promised that the shakeup of our social services net would be evidence based and supposedly revolutionary – yet we are seeing much of the same – paternalism that is set to fail.
"One of the learnings from the NT Intervention is that the Basic Card in many cases did not improve financial decision making as budgeting decisions are taken ou
‘Why don’t we just get on with it?’ asks man who’s dragged out the plebiscite debate for three weeks Tuesday, October 4, 2016‘Why don’t we just get on with it?’ asks man who’s dragged out the plebiscite debate for three weeks
The Greens have called on Labor to stop playing politics with the lives of LGBTIQ Australians and rule out supporting a plebiscite on marriage equality.
“Talk of a plebiscite has gone on for long enough,” said the Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.
“Mr Shorten says he wants to ‘get on with it’, but we’ve been waiting for weeks to find out his party’s position on a marriage equality plebiscite.
“Labor must stop playing politics and rule out this divisive opinion poll now.
“We can have wedding bells ringing by the end of the year with a free vote in the Parliament.
“Let’s really get on with it.”
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Paternalistic CDP program is entrenching disadvantage and should be dumped: Greens Monday, October 3, 2016A draft report by Jobs Australia detailing the failures of the paternalistic Community Development Program (CDP) should prompt the Government to dump the program, and abandon the legislation that will entrench it, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“Unfortunately I'm not surprised to hear that the program is increasing disadvantage and families are worse off. The design of CDP was flawed and meant it was more than likely to fail."
I have previously expressed deep concern about the CDP, which requires predominantly Aboriginal peoples in remote communities to work 25 hours a week, 48 weeks a year for income support payments. This program means participants are working below minimum wage, have payments docked for non-attendance, and have harsher requirements than people accessing income support in urban communities.
“To hear evidence that families are now going without food is extremely concerning. News that the program is unsurprisingly entr