Labor must be true opposition and reject healthy welfare card

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said the Australian Greens will oppose the legislation introducing a healthy welfare card and called on the ALP to do the same.

"I urge the Labor party to be genuine opposition when it comes to voting on legislation that will seek to rollout the healthy welfare card trials.

“It is incomprehensible that a paternalistic thought bubble by a billionaire could materialise with the support of the Labor party, rolling out as early as next year.

Greens to push for marriage equality on the back of historic Irish win

Greens have always stood for full equality and always will

The Australian Greens welcome the historic vote of ‘YES’ for same sex marriage in Ireland and call on Australia to follow suit.

“The news of a resounding ‘YES’ vote in Ireland for amending their constitution to extend the right to marry to all couples, regardless of gender, is fantastic and it is time for Australia to catch up” Greens marriage equality spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Greens will push for a vote on a bill for same sex marriages to be recognised before the year is out

Greens call for national overhaul of NAPLAN

The Australian Greens are calling for drastic changes to the annual NAPLAN tests, which begin again tomorrow, saying the scheme undermines quality education.

Spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said research has shown the tests are narrowing the curriculum, discouraging creativity and placing too much pressure on students and schools.

"More and more class time is being spent on NAPLAN coaching and parents are withdrawing their kids at record rates," Senator Wright said.


Cost-effective battery storage will entirely disrupt the economics of traditional wires and poles utilities

Tesla Powerwall

Today's announcement by US electric car manufacturer Tesla of a roll-out of household, business and utility-scale batteries will be a game changer for the future of the state's electricity industry, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

While the new technology offers unprecedented opportunities to generate jobs, cut emissions and reduce energy bills, NSW Premier Mike Baird's plans to lease the wires and poles will now have to face the challenge of households opting for energy independence from the grid.

Queensland leads the way... with unemployment

Worse unemployment since the Great Depression

Queensland’s unemployment rate, at 6.9%, is now the highest in the nation, equalled only by Tasmania’s.

Tasmania’s economy is hampered by a number of structural barriers, including population size, remoteness, and transport expense. Queensland has none of these problems.

Queensland’s exceptionally high unemployment is entirely that of the poor policy decisions and financial mismanagement of the LNP . But this means we can fix it. We can free employers to work with Queensland’s many natural advantages to deliver quality jobs in productive industries.

Jeff Seeney versus the Science of Climate Change

Science and the public interest have come off second best in the continuing fight between the Queensland Planning Minister Jeff Seeney and the observable reality of climate change, say the Queensland Greens.

Seeney, who is also Deputy Premier, has forced coastal local government to omit all references to the increasing sea levels that science tells us to expect.

Morrison should abandon failing welfare to work programs

Welfare to work programs are ineffective and ideologically driven

The Australian Greens argue that new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison cannot ignore new evidence that points to the failure of the ‘welfare to work’ approach undertaken by Australia’s last four Prime Ministers.

“Welfare to work programs are ineffective and ideologically driven. They waste resources that should be used to help people into secure, long term employment,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said.

Trawler ban a political stunt if it doesn’t address capacity

Greens fisheries spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says the Abbott government’s super trawler ban is a cynical political ploy and not science based fisheries policy.

“This ban is a cynical political ploy not based on the recent independent scientific panel’s advice on super trawlers,” Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

“Banning ships over a certain length means nothing if mega freezing capacity industrial scale trawlers are still allowed to plunder our oceans and threaten ecosystems.


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