Morrison set to lead renewed attack on our social safety net

The Australian Greens said the appointment of Scott Morrison as Social Services Minister shows the Government's clear intent to pursue hard-line policies which will weaken our nation's social safety net.

"Just when you thought this Government couldn't make things tougher for families and single parents, older Australians, young job-seekers and students, along comes Scott Morrison," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said.

PM Abbott as Minister for Women only deepening inequality

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott has revealed himself as small-minded in both the climate debate and his view of women, after claiming his greatest achievement as the Minister for Women has been abolishing the carbon price, because "women are particularly focussed on the household budget."

"He might as well have said his greatest achievement was to help women buy a better iron so they can stay home and iron more often," said Senator Milne.

LNP boasts about RET while wrecking renewable energy jobs

With news that Renewable Energy Target (RET) uncertainty has forced Meridian Energy Australia to abandon its Burdekin Hydro project in Northern Queensland, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne, who is in Lima, says the Abbott government's duplicity has been exposed.

"Julie Bishop is over here in Lima bragging about ARENA and the Renewable Energy Target, but even as she speaks her government's attack on the RET is damaging jobs, investment, and efforts to cut pollution," said Senator Milne.

Greens reject discriminatory work for the dole plans

The Australian Greens have rejected a discriminatory Government plan to make different rules for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities in order to access income support.

"The Government has waited until after Parliament has finished for the year to announce their plans to force people in remote communities to undertake work for the dole for 12 months a year in order to receive income support," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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