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PM Abbott all huff, no puff on countering violent extremism

Christine Milne 10 Mar 2015

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says it's time the Abbott government used the money it has set aside for deradicalisation programs.

"It's easy to see what programs they've defunded, but not one cabinet minister can point to a program working right now to help communities deradicalise young people," said Senator Milne.

"It is time the Prime Minister stopped just pushing the terror button and actually got out there and started to work in prisons, in schools, and in communities to make sure that we counter the messages coming from the jihadists.

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Intergenerational Report ignores global warming and must be rewritten by PBO

The Greens say the Abbott government has destroyed all credibility in the Intergenerational Report process by ignoring global warming and with partisan politics. The Greens will move in the Senate to require the Parliamentary Budget Office to rewrite this and all future reports.

"There's nothing new in this report and it ignored global warming. It is pure politics and utter rubbish," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"It must be rewritten by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office in order to restore credibility to the Intergenerational Report process.

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Iraq training mission another ill-advised captain’s call

Liberal and Labor combined today to deny the Parliament a debate on sending more troops to Iraq, leaving it to Tony Abbott to make another captain's call, said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Prime Minister Abbott has made another ill-advised captain's call, deploying more Australian troops to Iraq without reference to the Australian Parliament or the Australian people," said Senator Milne.

"Mr Abbott backs himself with a row of flags, but he doesn't have enough respect for the community to seek the backing of their elected representatives.

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