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ENG: Christine Anne Milne (born 14 May 1953, Latrobe, Tasmania) is an Australian Senator and leader of the parliamentary caucus of the Australian Greens. From 1975 to 1984 Milne worked as a secondary school teacher, teaching English, History and Social Science. She first came to public attention for her role in opposing the building of the Wesley Vale pulp mill near Bass Strait in North Western Tasmania on the basis of its environmental impact. She also participated in the ultimately successful campaign opposing the Franklin Dam and was arrested and jailed in 1983. Political career Milne was first elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1989 as a member of the Tasmanian Greens in the electorate of Lyons, one of five Green politicians elected at that election. After her ...
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Milne confirms climate talks breakthrough

Deputy Greens leader Christine Milne has confirmed reports of a carbon tax breakthrough, saying the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee is "on track" to have the scheme starting in July next year. Independent MP Tony Windsor says a deal may be signed off "next week". It is understood agreement has been reached over the amount of compensation to be paid to industry, and a guarantee the carbon tax will switch to a market-based emissions trading scheme in 2015. It is believed the Government has agreed to the Greens' proposal for an independent climate change commission to advise on what ...

Greens Deputy Milne to National Farmers` Federation Congress

Let`s Grasp This Opportunity Addressing the National Farmers' Federation Congress today, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, urged farmers to seize this tremendous opportunity to shape their own future instead of adapting to changes forced onto them. The Greens and rural independents who will share the balance of power in the new parliament also share elements of a positive vision for rural and regional Australia. "What a great opportunity that our parliament is getting a renewed focus on rural and regional Australia just as the vital issues of climate change, ...

Milne hopes for carbon price compromise

Greens Senator Christine Milne says she is hopeful the major parties will be open to compromise on the issue of a carbon price. Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she will not rule in or out the concept of a carbon tax, despite rejecting the idea before the election. She says the Government will instead consider various options through a new climate change committee that will be set up. The terms of reference for that committee will be finalised by the end of the month. Senator Milne has welcomed the changed approach, and says she had a useful meeting with the new Climate Change ...

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Janet Rice on Regional Forest Agreements
It's very appropriate that, this Thursday, I and the Greens will be introducing a bill to scrap the Regional Forest Agreements Act, the act that underpins our outdated logging laws, the Regional Forest Agreements. These laws have been in place for 20 years. It is these laws that are locking in destructive clear-fell logging of our native forests. Our native forests are precious. They are home to an amazing range of animals and birds. Our outdated logging laws are sending animals and birds to extinction. I can give you a very sad list of species that live in our forests that are threatened, rare, endangered, vulnerable. They live in our forests, and over the 20 years of our outdated logging laws, which have locked in clear-fell logging, their status has certainly not improved, and for many species it has got far, far worse. In Tasmania, where the government has just rolled over these logging laws, we have birds like swift parrots and animals like Tasmanian devils, as well as the giant f
More social services legislation that targets the elderly, migrants and the unemployed
The Payment Integrity Bill is another attempt by the Government to go after vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community, this time older Australians, migrants, people with a disability, jobseekers and students, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  “Those that have lived in Australia periodically throughout their life may be affected by the changes. Some older Australians may now have to wait until they are 80 to access the aged pension because of the increased residency requirements.  It is ridiculous that migrants now need at least ten years of continuous residency, five of which the claimant must have worked rather than been in receipt of an activity-tested income support payment.  “Older migrants are already a vulnerable cohort, they may have lower superannuation because of barriers like discriminatory hiring practices or not having their overseas qualifications recognised. Why punish them for seeking help in the past?  “Increasing the Liquid Ass
Australian Greens will oppose welfare reform bill packed with measures that will make life worse for struggling Australians
The welfare reform bill that contains a suite of measures that hurt people with disability, bereaved pregnant women, people struggling with addiction and older unemployed Australians amongst others will be opposed by the Australian Greens. “The welfare reform bill is a mishmash of measures designed to once again erode the social safety net, making it increasingly less accessible and more paternalistic whilst insidiously reducing some payments. “The most well-known measure contained in the bill is the plan to drug test 5000 income support recipients, but there are cuts and changes beyond that.  “The drug testing trial is going to make circumstances worse for people struggling with addiction attempting to access supports. During the inquiry into the Bill we were told extremely clearly by medical professionals and social services providers that the drug testing income support recipients is flawed.  “The Minister has disregarded this evidence despite comparable overseas measures
Greens amendment calling for mandatory vehicle emissions and encouraging uptake of electric vehicles passes Senate
The Greens have today successfully amended the Government’s Liquid Fuel Emergency Bill to call on the Government to reduce Australia’s oil consumption. Part of Australia’s international obligations under the International Energy Agency is to ensure we have 90 days worth of liquid fuel stocks. Australia has not met this obligation for over half a decade. The Greens support bringing Australia back into international compliance, but have further called for the Government to reduce Australia’s dependence on oil imports by reducing the reliance of the Australian transport sector on oil. “Instead of continuing our reliance on fossil fuel imports to run this country, we should be urgently shifting to clean renewable fuels” said Senator Janet Rice. “Reducing our reliance for liquid fuels will come in two ways – we have to move people and products around in more efficient ways, and we can replace polluting fossil fuels with renewables.” “The government needs to wake up and l

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