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Millions of lives in Korea depend on Trump responding rationally: Greens

Millions of lives on the Korean Peninsula now depend on United States President Donald Trump acting in an informed, considered and rational manner in the face of provocation, the Australian Greens said today. 

"A guy that loses his mind at a tweet is facing off with a guy who called a movie an act of war, and they're doing it with nuclear weapons," acting Australian Greens Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today. 

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Greens response to US unilateral airstrikes in Syria

The Australian Greens condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to dangerously escalate the violence in Syria.

“Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally bomb Syrian airbases with more than fifty Tomahawk cruise missiles is deeply fraught. The horror of the chemical weapons attack in Syria this week requires a credible, independent investigation, not a random barrage of missiles ordered by a clueless President,” Acting Australian Greens Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Government cons crossbench into multi-billion dollar corporate tax cut

In exchange for a hand-written list of reviews, inquiries and vague commitments, the Government has conned the Xenophon party into supporting a $15 billion hit on an already stressed Commonwealth budget.

“Today is a win for the Government’s corporate donors, and a punch in the guts for everyone else,” Australian Greens Acting Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said in the wake of the marathon Senate sitting.

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Senate unites to compel Pyne to come clean on Saudi arms deals

A Greens motion demanding transparency on Minister Christopher Pyne’s arms-dealing tour of Saudi Arabia has sparked a rare moment of unity with the entire senate crossbench and Opposition voting against the Government.

“It takes a lot to unite this crossbench, but the idea of Christopher Pyne selling weapons and defence equipment to Saudi Arabia appears to have done it,” Greens Defence Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Senate demands answers on Navy ships needed in Debbie response

To move—That the Senate—

   a) notes with concern reports that the Royal Australian Navy’s two largest ships, the Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide, have engine problems and have been unable to join the emergency response to Cyclone Debbie;

   b) notes that:

      i Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships are our key asset for humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operations, and

      ii HMAS Canberra was conducting trials with the United States’ Marine Corps as recently as last week; and

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Minister Pyne's visit to Saudi Arabia

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that

The Senate –

   a). Notes :

      i) the Australia Defence Department has approved four military exports to Saudi Arabia in the past year, 

      ii) Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne visited Riyadh in December 2016 to promote Australian defence material to senior Government figures including Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah al-Saud, the head of Saudi Arabia’s National Guard;

   b) Orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence by no later than 6pm on 30 March 2017:

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