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Greens support Triple J moving date of Hottest 100

With calls becoming louder every year to respect those for whom January 26 represents a tragedy, not a celebration, the Greens strongly support the suggestion that Triple J move the Hottest 100 to a more appropriate date to mark national unity and diversity, Australian Greens Spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens to protect renewable energy jobs in WA

Renewable energy projects in Western Australia will cease to exist without continued funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which is set to have a $500million cut under a sneaky deal struck between Liberal and Labor today.

Greens co-deputy leader, Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said the Australian Greens will introduce an amendment to protect the entire $1.3billion of ARENA funding so WA can continue to support emerging new technologies such as the successful Carnegie Wave Project.

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Census

I, and also on behalf of Senators Lambie and Xenophon, move: That the Senate— (a) notes:

   (i) the technical failures of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website on Census night, 9 August 2016, prevented thousands of people completing the Census,

   (ii) subsequent attempts to address the technical failures further added to confusion and impacted public confidence in the Census process,

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Correspondence relating to the Perth Freight Link

Senator Ludlam To move

That there be laid on the table no later than 10 am on Thursday 15th September 2016 by the Minister for Finance, the following documents:

a)   any correspondence including appointments between successful tenderer and major donor Leighton Holdings (CIMIC Group Ltd) with any federal minister relating to the Perth Freight Link;

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Labor in #censusfail cave-in shock

The Labor party voted with the Coalition to let the government off the hook for the spectacular failure of the National Census, the Australian Greens said today.

“The Greens and most of the crossbench agreed that the governments incompetence and inability to properly conduct the census is not an acceptable reason to expose ordinary Australians to fines of $180 per day,” Australian Greens Communication Spokesperson and Co-Deputy Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens welcome Mao concerts cancellation

The Australian Greens have congratulated activists in Sydney and Melbourne for their successful campaign to cancel concerts celebrating the reign of Mao Zedong.

"Many people in the Chinese Australian community stood up against these concerts, and we share in their gratitude to both venues for listening to these concerns," Greens Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Answers sought on nuclear waste delay

Scott Ludlam 2 Sep 2016

The Australian Greens have branded the Liberal-National Government's 18 month delay in identifying a nuclear waste storage site in Australia a complete failure, raising serious questions about its process, which has resulted in only one site nomination and caused fierce community backlash and distress.

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Greens Call for Caution and Scrutiny on War Crimes Changes

The Labor and Liberal parties have yet again sidelined the parliament and the Australian people by quietly agreeing to changes to war crimes legislation, shortcutting debate and expert analysis, Greens Foreign Affairs and Defence spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"These changes seriously alter the governance of ADF personnel in combat. They change the definition of a war crime. It's a highly charged, complex topic in which civilians in war zones on the other side of the world have no voice.

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Perth Freight Link contract cancellation costs to be revealed

The Turnbull Government has been ordered to reveal the financial penalties the Barnett Government has exposed WA taxpayers to, should the contracts into the Perth Freight link be terminated.

A successful Senate motion by Greens Senator for WA, Scott Ludlam also ordered any correspondence relating to penalties or compensation that will be offered to contractors, should the contracts for the Perth Freight Link be terminated upon a change of government at the State election next year.

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