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Support students, respect parliament: Greens propose amendments to High Court response bill

The Greens will today move amendments to the Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill (No.3) 2012 that responds to the High Court's decision invalidating the schools chaplaincy program aimed at ensuring that properly qualified people are employed in schools to assist students and that new government programs get appropriate parliamentary scrutiny.

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PM must not trade away our health, our creative voice and our farmers

The Prime Minister must not trade away vital health and social policies in her enthusiasm to cooperate with the US government in Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement talks underway in Hawaii, the Australian Greens said today.

"The United States, which is driving this agenda, is coming back to get what it didn't succeed in getting through the US-Australia free trade agreement," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Music Matters: a refreshing new take on copyright

The Music Matters campaign launched today in Australia and New Zealand is a refreshing new take on supporting artists for their work through a ‘trust mark' to help fans choose to consume music in a way that supports the artists.

The Greens welcome this initiative as an important step in reconciling the need to support artists for their creative work with the increasingly diffuse means of consumption and online sharing culture which can bring tremendous benefits to creative artists.

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Denticare: Good Clinical and Financial Sense

Basic dental care for all Australians is critical to health and wellbeing and is core to the Greens health policy, Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

"It seems that the Greens are the only ones who think that teeth are a part of the body and should be covered by a Medicare type scheme. No doubt Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott can afford to have their teeth looked after but what about the thousands who cannot?

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Government GP super clinics must bulk bill

The government should explain why their $5 million GP Super Clinic in Devonport fails to offer bulk billing services to the region's most vulnerable residents, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

Senator Milne heard this morning that elderly patients are choosing to use local hospitals because they cannot afford treatment in the new super clinic.

"A hospice worker and carer for two elderly patients contacted my office this morning to inform me of the bitter disappointment felt among the Devonport community.

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North and North West Tasmania crying out for mental and dental funding

Prime Minister Gillard should use her visit to Tasmania today to commit to increasing funding for mental and dental care as well as emergency care, the Australian Greens said today.

"So many Tasmanians, particularly in the North and North West, desperately need dental and mental health care, but the Gillard government is leaving these people behind," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Government mismanagement leaves artists with unsatisfactory resale royalty right

The Rudd Government's mismanagement of Senate business will result in the bill to finally give visual artists royalties for resale of their work missing out on a full Senate debate.

The Australian Greens have prepared amendments to the Resale Royalty Rights bill to ensure that visual artists receive royalties from the first resale of their work, instead of waiting as long as half a century for a second resale as they would under the Rudd Government's plan.

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Greens welcome continued copyright protection for Australian writers and publishers

The Australian Greens welcomed confirmation today that the Rudd Government will not be removing parallel importation protection for books published in Australia, in a great victory for Australia's writers, publishers, printers and book-lovers.

The push to remove the protection came from supermarket booksellers and was opposed by the great majority of Australia's publishers, booksellers and writers. The Greens were pleased to support the campaign throughout.

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Visual artists need royalties now, not in 50 years: Greens will move to fix flawed bill

The Australian Greens will move amendments to the Resale Royalty Rights bill that is due to come before the Senate this week to ensure that visual artists receive royalties from the first resale of their work, instead of waiting as long as half a century for a second resale as they would under the Rudd Government's plan.

"This is yet another example of the Rudd Government claiming to be concerned about a problem but presenting a solution which is patently not up to the task," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne said.

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