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Greens plan for honesty and integrity in politics

The Australian Greens today launched a plan to keep federal politicians honest. "Voters must be able to trust politicians, but you can't trust Labor or Tony Abbott to be honest unless it is in their own interests, or in the interests of their big business mates," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"It is time we restored honesty and integrity in politics which is why the Greens have a plan to lift the standards of government.

"The Australian Greens want to end the ‘deals for mates' culture.

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Greens launch campaign to stop Abbott getting total control

The Australian Greens have launched a national advertising campaign to stop Tony Abbott getting total control of the parliament.

The Greens have also released details of a new opinion poll which shows 56% of Australians do not want one political party to have total control of both houses of Parliament.

"Mr Abbott wants total control of the parliament and for the Senate to wave through policies he won't even come clean on. That's where the Greens come in," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Government slashes help for council energy cost cutting

The federal government's decision to slash funding to local councils to improve energy efficiency is a blow to ratepayers around the nation, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne told the annual local government conference in Canberra today.

"The low carbon communities fund was helping local councils to reduce the costs of running community halls, replacing street lights with energy-efficient globes and installing co-generation systems in large public buildings," Senator Milne said

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Greens press Abbott to back local government vote

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott should clearly back a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on Constitutional recognition of local government, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne told the annual local government conference in Canberra today.

"The Greens strongly support a referendum on whether local government should be recognised in the Constitution. This would enable the federal government to fund local government services directly, rather than funnelling money through the states," Senator Milne said.

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Clear date and pathway needed on local government referendum

The Australian Greens are calling on the Gillard Government to announce details of the referendum on constitutional recognition of local government.

"The Prime Minister made an agreement with the Greens that she would support constitutional recognition of local government as part of our agreement in 2010, and here we are in 2013 and she has still not made a public announcement," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Senate calls for free and fair elections in Cambodia – now Carr must act

The Australian Greens called on Foreign Minister Bob Carr to push for free and fair elections in Cambodia, following Senate support for a motion moved by Senator Christine Milne.

Senator Milne's motion supports similar efforts passed by the European Parliament and the Parliament of the Philippines, in accordance with recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights who identified major flaws in the process and called for media freedom, freedom of expression and assembly, and the release of political prisoners.

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