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Greens move to reaffirm tripartite commitment to overseas aid budget

The Greens will move a motion in both houses of parliament next week seeking to reaffirm the tripartite commitment to the target of at least 0.5% of gross national income going to overseas aid by 2015.

The motion will read:

That the Senate -
a) Reaffirms its commitment to increase Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) to at least 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015; and
b) Calls on the Government to implement a timetable for raising ODA to 0.7 per cent of GNI, the international aid target called for by the United Nations.

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Commitment to fair climate financing and aid blocked by Government and Opposition

The government and opposition today blocked a Senate motion from the Greens calling on the government to abide by its international commitments on overseas development aid and fast-start climate financing for developing nations.

The government acknowledged in its response to the motion that almost all funding for the fast-start financing committed at Copenhagen last year would come from existing Overseas Development Aid, a clear breach of trust in the negotiations.

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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

Thank you for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land.

Gandhi once said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

We have reached a point in human history where 'what we do' on this planet imperils our survival. Now is the moment to re-imagine and reconsider 'what we are capable of doing'.

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Christine Milne's speech to the Sydney Institute - the Greens, balance of power and climate politics

This is a speech I delivered to the Sydney Institute last night. You can also listen to it here or download a pdf here.

Sydney Institute, October 27th 2008.

Green Politics, the Balance of Power and the Green New Deal.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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Government must release timetable for major aid boost

The Australian Greens today called on Prime Minister John Howard to announce a timetable for delivering a major increase in Australia's overseas aid commitment to improve living standards for the world's poorest people.
"It is deeply disappointing that both Labor and Coalition senators voted against my motion today calling for the government to lift Australia's overseas aid commitment to the UN benchmark within three years," Greens Senator Christine Milne said. *

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