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ABS must rule out census fines: Greens

Minister Michael McCormack must direct the Australian Bureau of Statistics to rule out fines for people that do not wish to provide their name and address details when completing their census forms, the Australian Greens said today.

"The ABS response to privacy concerns has been wholly inadequate, and if they refuse to push census day back, they need to guarantee they will not fine people who choose to protect their own privacy," said Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam today.

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Greens applaud rare win against uranium mine at Yeelirrie

Scott Ludlam 3 Aug 2016

The Greens have urged WA Environment minister Albert Jacobs to uphold the EPA's advice to reject the controversial Yeelirrie uranium in the Goldfields of WA.

"The Yeelirrie uranium mine was first proposed in the 1970's and has faced strong local and state wide community opposition for decades," said Greens nuclear spokesperson Scott Ludlam.

"Today's decision by the EPA should be the final nail in a proposal that should never have seen the light of day.

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WA Greens Senators returned to the Senate

Scott Ludlam 1 Aug 2016

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Senator Rachel Siewert have been re-elected to the Senate.

Senator Siewert said:

“Scott and I are thrilled to be returned to the Senate, we would like to thank the tireless volunteers who ran a remarkable field campaign to ensure our re-election.

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Barnett transport plan provides little faith

Scott Ludlam 29 Jul 2016

The Western Australian public should have little trust in the Barnett Government's public transport plan released today, given the Government's failure to deliver on past election promises, said Greens spokesperson for sustainable cities, WA Senator Scott Ludlam.

"With the state election on the horizon, the Barnett Government is finally panicking at the reality of eight years of failure to deal with Perth's desperate need for public transport," he said. 

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Greens welcome UN court decision on South China Sea

The Greens have welcomed the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling that China’s attempts to claim territorial rights in the South China Sea have no basis, and called on all parties to the brewing conflict to abide by this decision.

“Peace and stability in our region will only be achieved if all parties to the South China Sea conflict respect the decision of the Court,” said Greens foreign affairs spokesperson and co-deputy leader Scott Ludlam.

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Greens launch national community infrastructure fund

Scott Ludlam 30 Jun 2016

Infant health centres, jobs and training hubs, sports clubs, learning centres, libraries and community centres and service facilities will get a $100million facelift under a Green’s plan to revitalise regional, remote and outer metropolitan towns.

The Green’s National Community Infrastructure Fund would reverse cuts the Liberal-National Government made to outer metropolitan areas under the National Stronger Regions fund, who now have to compete with inner city project projects for funding.

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Greens plan to cool cities

Commercial offices, shopping centres, schools, hospitals, and hotels would be retrofitted with solar panels, ‘green’ walls and efficient appliances to slash energy usage and create healthier places to work under a Green’s plan to cool cities released today.

The $258million national Green Building Plan aims to refurbish up to 80,000 mid-tier buildings and offices across Australia to emit zero carbon pollution by 2040.

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Green’s to eliminate Australia’s housing waiting list within ten years

Scott Ludlam 29 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens would eliminate Australia’s public housing waiting list within ten years through a new infrastructure bank administering zero interest loans to not for profit organisations coupled with new direct funding to build 200,000 new homes.

The Green’s plan would construct 7,200 new homes each year through a new Affordable Housing Finance Corporation, which would harness the $2trillion sitting in super funds, and also allow mum and dad investors to invest in affordable housing supply.

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