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NT Greens break new ground in Darwin & Alice Springs council elections

Northern Territory Greens candidates will be elected to Darwin City and Alice Springs Town Councils after elections over the weekend, the Australian Greens said today.

With counting of postal and absentee ballots to start tomorrow, on current results, the NT Greens expect that two Greens will be elected to Darwin City Council, and one to Alice Springs Town Council, all from strong primary votes.

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Government confirms AFP spying on coal seam gas protesters

Minister Joe Ludwig, representing the Attorney General in the Senate, confirmed in Question Time today that the Australia Federal Police monitors coal seam gas protesters and that the government outsources some intelligence gathering to private consultants.

"Farmers in Queensland trying to protect their land from coal seam gas mining, and parents concerned about their children's health, will be understandably outraged that they may be under surveillance by the Australian Federal Police," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Abbott’s ill-considered remarks highlight need to acknowledge national day truths

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's suggestion, reiterated today, that it is time to "move on" are dismissive and unhelpful, and further mask Australia Day truths that need to be acknowledged, Acting Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Mr Abbott's ill-considered remarks demonstrate the need to officially recognise all elements of Australia Day so that we can work towards a truly national day, Senator Milne said in Brisbane.

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More transparent, accountable democracy thanks to Parliamentary Budget Office

The Parliamentary Budget Office, established under legislation that passed the Senate today, is a big step forward for transparent, accountable democracy delivered by the Australian Greens.

Clause 4.3(a) of the agreement between the Greens and the ALP last August read:

Establishing within 12 months a Parliamentary Budget Office within the Parliamentary Library with the structure, resourcing and protocols being the subject of decision by a special committee of the Parliament which is truly representative of the Parliament.

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Uninformed industry groups’ scare campaign should be called off

The Australian Greens today called on the ‘Australian Trade and Industry Alliance' to call off its planned advertising campaign against a price on pollution until it is in a position to engage in honest and informed debate.

"Thomas Jefferson famously said that information is the currency of democracy," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

"Misinformation, as is being foisted on the Australian public every day by Tony Abbott and his allies, can only undermine our democracy.

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Congratulations Jeremy Buckingham: rural Greens voice in NSW Upper House

Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, today congratulated David Shoebridge, Jan Barham and Jeremy Buckingham on their election to the NSW Legislative Council following the final distribution of preferences.

"David, Jan, Jeremy, Cate, John and Jamie will be a strong Greens voice in both houses of the NSW Parliament," Senator Milne said.

"I am particularly delighted that Jeremy Buckingham has won a close-fought tussle for one of two final seats in the Upper House.

"NSW will now hear Jeremy's common-sense rural Green voice for the next eight years.

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Australian Greens, Labor commit to agreement for stable Government

The Australian Greens and the Labor Party have signed an agreement to ensure stability for Labor in Government. The Greens will ensure supply and oppose any motion of no confidence in the Government from other parties or MPs.

Labor will work with the Greens to deliver improved transparency and integrity to Parliament and pursue policies that promote the national interest and address climate change.

As part of the agreement there will be regular meetings between the Prime Minister and Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and newly-elected Lower House MP Adam Bandt.

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