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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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A tax rort dressed up as climate policy: Cross-party call on PM to fix the mess

Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne was very pleased that her amendments to the 'carbon sink forests' tax laws that were slipped through last week had drawn the vocal, if not active, support of Senators Joyce and Heffernan today.

Senators Joyce, Heffernan and Boswell have spoken in strong support of the Greens' proposed amendments, but will not cross the floor against the wishes of Senators Abetz and Minchin to vote in favour of amendments to repeal the laws.

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Local vegetable growers will pay if China FTA proceeds

In Senate Estimates hearings today, it was revealed that Australian vegetable growers will be sold out in negotiations with China over a Free Trade Agreement, Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said today.

"Under questioning, bureaucrats from the international division of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry could not explain how low wages, shocking environmental practices and human rights abuses that subsidise Chinese agricultural products will be factored into the FTA negotiations.

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Australian Greens Budget Reply

The arctic ice and the Saudi Arabian oilfields seem a long way from Australia and Prime Minister Rudd's 2008 budget. But they should be at the forefront of our minds as we consider what a real leader, a leader contemplating the state of the world and the wellbeing of all people, would have delivered for our nation in his first budget. Leadership means having the courage and imagination to face up to the challenges of the time and to formulate a vision worthy of the people, their future and the situation in which they find themselves.

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Howard and Costello's 12th Climate Change Budget

Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan have delivered a Budget that does little more on climate change than those delivered by John Howard and Peter Costello - and they weren't even pretending - Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said tonight.

Senator Milne said, "Tonight's Budget is a slap in the face to all those Australians who had hoped that electing a Rudd Government would lead to strong, systemic change to build a carbon-free Australia, delivering real emissions reductions fast. Instead, the tokenism and spin of the Howard Government continue.

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Tasmanian Liberals can learn a lot from their East Coast constituents

Australian Greens' Senator for Tasmania, Christine Milne, today congratulated the Tasmanian Liberals for embarking en masse to the East Coast and called on MPs to have a very serious look at planning issues while they are there.

Senator Milne, who yesterday left for a four day visit to the East Coast and Launceston, said Tasmania's East Coast communities face many of the same problems as people in other rural and regional areas.

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Debate on Infrastructure Australia Bill 2008

Senator MILNE (Tasmania) (9.33 am)-I would like to raise a couple of general things before I get to my amendments. In particular, I would like to start with the definitions-and this is very important because it relates to the whole purpose of why we are establishing Infrastructure Australia. What the Infrastructure Australia Bill 2008 says is that the definition of:nationally significant infrastructure includes:
(a) transport infrastructure; and
(b) energy infrastructure; and
(c) communications infrastructure; and
(d) water infrastructure;

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