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22 Mar 2011
18 Feb 2011
2pm Saturday 18 June 2011 at the Fremantle Town Hall
SORRY - TICKETS TO THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT.
However there are tickets available to the event at Burswood on Sunday 19 June, visit the website for the Dalai Lama in Australia for tickets and information
17 Feb 2011
The Australian Greens have secured the restoration of the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
As part of a package negotiated with the Greens to enable passage of the flood levy, the Government has restored $264 million to the National Rental Affordability Scheme, deferring the spending until after 2015 as proposed by national affordable housing peak bodies.
NRAS was a billion dollar project providing 50,000 incentive packages for the construction of more affordable rental homes, for the first time encouraging large investors to work with community housing providers.
Housing advocates had urged the Government to delay spending the final $264 million to allow the sector to catch up, rather than cutting the fund altogether. The proposed cut would have seen 15,000 homes cut from the program. Leading economist Saul Eslake had referred to the proposed cut as "unequivocally bad policy".
"NRAS is by no means perfect, but it's an essential part of the housing affordability landscape. I acknowledge and thank the Government for negotiating constructively, and congratulate the nation's housing affordability peak bodies for their strong advocacy," Senator Ludlam said.
17 Feb 2011
The Australian Greens will support the flood levy in the House of Representatives and the Senate after important gains from the Government on their proposed funding cuts.
Greens Leader Bob Brown, Deputy Leader Christine Milne and MP Adam Bandt took their concerns directly to the government and negotiated a good outcome that will release funding for flood recovery and protect key programs.
The Greens have ensured that $100 million will be returned to the Solar Flagships program in the forward estimates and that a proper consultation process will be undertaken to develop long term policy for large-scale solar power.
The Greens also secured agreement for continued discussions about long-term funding for disaster relief and options for a national insurance program as the nation moves toward confronting the challenges posed by climate change.
10 Feb 2011
Senator Ludlam's speech on the 30 year agreement on uranium exports with the US on 9 February 2011.
08 Feb 2011
The Australian Greens have called for the deferral of top-tier corporate tax cuts to pay for flood relief rather than cuts to the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
"Deferring the top-tier corporate tax cuts planned for July 1 2013, while keeping the tax cuts for small business, would net the government about $1.7 billion in the forward estimates - more than six times the amount to be cut from NRAS," said Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens spokesperson for housing.
"The Government plans to cut 15,000 potential homes from the program to save $264 million. That is less than 5% of the projected reconstruction costs in Queensland but more than a quarter of the entire NRAS budget."
"Cutting funding to a housing relief program to finance flood relief defies belief," he said.
The cuts have also been condemned by Australian Council of Social Service, National Shelter, the National Affordable Housing Summit, the Housing Industry Association, the Community Housing Federation of Australia, the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association and former ANZ Chief Economist Saul Eslake.
The NRAS was a $1 billion incentives program designed to stimulate the construction of up to 50,000 homes and apartments providing affordable private rental properties. The Scheme will now be gutted to the tune of $264 million and capped by the Government at 35,000 incentive packages by 2013-14.
11 Jan 2011
The tragic loss of life in the Queensland floods, as well as the shocking images of besieged cities, evacuated suburbs, homes and cars swept away and farms ruined, leaves us luckier Australians asking how we can help.
Please join with us in giving to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.
The Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help fellow Queenslanders affected by the recent floods. Many communities have been devastated. Some families have lost everything. You can help make a difference by donating to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.
At this time, the Queensland Government is inviting financial donations only. Unfortunately this appeal cannot accept donations of goods or services.
17 Dec 2010
A public forum on the politics of climate change was held in Perth on Wednesday 8 December 2010.
This is Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam's presentation on the climate negotiations in Australia at this time.
Watch the speeches by the other panellists:
15 Dec 2010
"It is becoming unprecedentedly difficult for anyone, anyone at all, to keep a secret. In the age of the leak and the blog, of evidence extraction and link discovery, truths will either out or be outed, later if not sooner.
15 Dec 2010
"It is becoming unprecedentedly difficult for anyone, anyone at all, to keep a secret. In the age of the leak and the blog, of evidence extraction and link discovery, truths will either out or be outed, later if not sooner."
01 Dec 2010
25 Nov 2010
Senator Ludlam expresses frustration at the Opposition filibustering instead of debating the amendments in the Tesltra separation legislation on what was supposed to be the last day of Parliament.
22 Nov 2010
22 Nov 2010
The Australian Greens are one step closer to ensuring the National Broadband Network remains a public asset and that mistakes made in the privatisation of Telstra are not so easy to repeat.
Amendments to the Telstra Bill secured by the Greens mean that any move to sell the NBN will be subject to parliamentary scrutiny.
This is a significant improvement on the Government's plan, which meant Cabinet could privatise the NBN after 5 years without any debate or scrutiny in Parliament.
The Greens believe the NBN is vital telecommunications infrastructure that should remain in public ownership so as to avoid the situation that we currently find ourselves in with Telstra; where new legislation is required to structurally separate the wholesale network from the retail components in order to build the NBN due to the market failure.
Read the Media Release
Related information: Government refuses to release NBN report
18 Nov 2010