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Greens oppose guns in Parliament

Christine Milne 10 Feb 2015

The Greens have written to the President of the Senate opposing armed guards being stationed inside both chambers of Parliament.

"More guns don't make people safer," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Australians don't want militarisation of our public spaces, which includes Parliament.

"The Greens do not support firearms being carried anywhere inside the building.

"It has been a long-standing practise in the Westminster system that no arms are to be carried in the Parliament."

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Senate calls for Liberals to take fresh approach to budget

The Senate has this afternoon endorsed a Greens motion that calls on Treasurer Joe Hockey to raise revenue from the big end of town instead of imposing cuts on Australians who can least afford it.

"The Liberals have been running a protection racket for big business, at the expense of the community. That's why their government is failing," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Whatever happens with their leadership in the coming weeks, I just hope the Liberals learn that they can't keep using government to protect tax avoiders at the big end of town.

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Greens say urgent efforts needed to spare Australians on death row

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says further, urgent efforts must be made to save Australians Andrew Chan and Mayuran Sukumaran from execution in Indonesia, and changes are needed to ensure their situation is not repeated.

"I'm calling on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to make one last trip to Indonesia to try to intervene on behalf of these men, who have now been told they will be killed within three weeks," said Senator Milne.

"Let's not talk about the ‘fate' of these men while we may still have the power to change it.

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Defamation backdown a victory for Tasmanians

Greens Leader Christine Milne is congratulating Tasmanians who railed against the Liberals' sneaky attempt to change the state defamation laws to silence their critics.

"The Hodgman government has embarrassed itself, and Tasmania, by replicating Tony Abbott's protection of big business at the expense of the community," said Senator Milne.

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Greens say big business leaners should pay more, not ordinary Australians

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says a campaign by big business to be released from paying a 1.5% levy is ridiculous while the Liberals push ahead with their cruel cuts to people who can least afford to pay.

"If the Liberals had really listened and turned over a new leaf, they would be raising revenue from the big end of town instead of the poor, the sick and students," said Senator Milne.

"The Liberals should rule out proceeding with a tax cut to big business. They are the leaners in Australia and should pay more. They don't deserve a tax cut. "

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