Foreign Affairs & Defence
The Greens want an independent Australian foreign policy with relationships with the rest of the world based on mutual respect. We believe that Australia can play an important role in standing up for human rights and democracy for all citizens. We think Australia should play a proactive role in promoting peace and ecological sustainability in the world through strong international agreements.
08 Nov 2011
WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.
26 May 2011
The Australian Greens have strongly endorsed comments made by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay calling on the Federal Government to take a new approach to the NT Intervention.
Joint Press Conference - Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, and Greens health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert – in Canberra today
11 Feb 2011
Senator Bob Brown and Senator Rachel Siewert urge state and federal leaders to boost mental health services and work towards a national, universal public dental care scheme.
Senator Brown also vows to take on Rio Tinto, whose profit bonanza will benefit its more than 70-percent foreign shareholders, and other heavyweights as companies prepare to fight efforts to develop an alternative to coal and the Greens’ push to put an effective price on carbon.
He also expressed his concern about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s intransigence and any move to give greater powers to General Omar Suleiman who has a reputation as a torturer and murderer.
01 Feb 2011
The Australian Greens say it is unsatisfactory for the Government to take six months before deciding whether to accept or reject the findings made by the UN Human Rights Council’s periodic review of Australia on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
18 Nov 2010
The Senate has formally recognised tomorrow, 19 November as World Toilet Day, helping to raise awareness of the fact that 2.6 billion people around the world lack access to basic sanitation.
18 Nov 2010
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (9.54 am)—I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 102 standing in my name for today relating to international aid assistance for clean water and sanitation.I move the motion as amended: That the Senate:
(a) recognises that 19 November 2010, is World Toilet Day – a day to acknowledge the importance of sanitation and raise awareness of the 2.6 billion people, two-fifths of humanity, who lack access to basic sanitation,
26 Oct 2010
Read about the work Senator Siewert is doing during the current Parliamentary sitting.
25 Oct 2010
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (9.08pm)—I rise to take part in a debate that should have happened 10 years ago—or nine years ago as we are in our 10th year of this conflict. It is good to see that the parliament is finally debating the merits of our military involvement in Afghanistan. While I welcome this opportunity and I am glad it has finally come, this highlights a problem in Australia in that, as I said, we are now in our 10th year of conflict and this is the first year time the parliament has discussed it in terms of debating it.
16 Sep 2010
Thursday 16 September 2010
The Australian Greens are backing calls for Australia to take a front foot approach to UN’s Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York next week, to see greater international support for the provision of sanitation in the world’s poorest countries.
31 Aug 2010
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has delivered a damning report on Australia's failure to meet international commitments on eliminating discrimination.