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A Trumpian foreign policy budget

The 2017 Turnbull budget betrays this government’s deeply cynical and clumsy approach to our region and the rest of the world, the Australian Greens said today.

“We’re one of the richest nations on the planet, yet this government has decided for the fourth year in succession to further cut aid and development support to our poorest neighbours, and focus instead on increased funding for the military and enforcement at home,” Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs, Defence and Aid spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Public transport cash win belongs to Roe 8 campaigners

The win for Federal funding into public transport in Western Australia belongs to the fearless campaigners against the Roe 8 project, who literally put their liberty at risk to save the Beeliar Wetlands from being smothered in concrete.

Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said if it weren’t for the dedicated crew who turned up every day to fight the Barnett Government’s reckless road to nowhere the Federal Government would be pouring money into another road and not public transport in WA this Budget.

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Collie families miss out on Federal cash

Scott Ludlam 10 May 2017

The Liberals have screwed over the next generation of Collie by leaving out any funding for a transition plan towards clean energy in last night’s Federal budget.

Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said instead of drawing down fuel subsidies to help coal towns like Collie face their new future of renewable energy, they increased payments to butter up fossil fuel based companies by 20 per cent.

“They’re boosting fossil fuel subsidies by 1.2 billion over four years, to $7.3 billion per year in 2021,” he said.

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Great win for nuclear veterans, but still more to do

Scott Ludlam 8 May 2017

Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and nuclear spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam has thanked Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan for extending the veterans ‘Gold Card’ to service personnel exposed to nuclear radiation at Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the British nuclear test sites in South Australia, but says there is still more to do.

“It’s been a long fight. I’ve been advocating for this support for nuclear veterans for my 9 years here, but these veterans have been fighting for this recognition for more than 50 years.

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Turnbull must do better than unquestioning subservience to Trump: Greens

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s performance with President Trump in New York was weak and acquiescent, and did nothing to look out for Australia’s interests, Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.   
 
“Watching Turnbull fawn over Trump and talk about our shared values was especially cringe-worthy. Which values of Trump’s does Turnbull share? The Prime Minister certainly isn’t speaking for most Australians.
 
“Australians don't value Trump’s enthusiasm for sexual assault. Australians don't value Trump’s compulsive dishonesty.
 

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Australian Press in perilous state on World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, where the fundamental principles of press freedom are celebrated, Australia’s media is in its worst shape in years, the Australian Greens said.

“Australian commentators can be quick to point to China, or Turkey, or elsewhere in the middle east, as regions that do not enjoy press freedom, but the sad reality is that right here at home we have our own significant attacks on press freedom to contend with,” said Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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