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Hockey’s vision for a dog-eat-dog Australia

The Greens will vigorously defend a vision for Australia that sees us properly and fairly support each other and provide universal public health and education against Joe Hockey's vision of a dog-eat-dog world where short term profits are more important than people and planet.

"The big question I've been asking people since becoming Leader of the Greens last week is what kind of country do we want to live in?" Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Greens welcome marine sanctuary roadmap

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of a report which sets out a blueprint for establishing a network of marine sanctuaries in Australia’s South West Marine Bioregion.

“This report sets the benchmark that must guide the Federal Government's approach to planning in the SW marine bioregion,” said Greens Marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

“The research demonstrates that extensive marine sanctuaries are needed if we are to properly protect the biodiversity of the south west marine bioregional area.

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Greens push for ongoing health reform negotiations

The Australian Greens are urging the Government to continue negotiations which would expand the $7.3 billion health reform package by including overhauls to aged care, dental and mental health services.

"The Greens will continue to promote sensible and constructive action, expanding the Government's plan to see long awaited reforms for the aged care sector, action on mental health and the implementation of a national dental health care system," Australian Greens Health Spokesperson Rachel Siewert said today.

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Budget delivers sting for environment programs

The Government has continued its assault on natural resource management, landcare and environmental repair in its latest budget, according to the Australian Greens.

"The Federal Government is short sighted in cutting $81.3 million out of the Caring For Our Country program, placing the future of a essential natural resource management, biodiversity and natural heritage initiatives in doubt," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on NRM and agriculture said today.

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Rudd's Big Let Down on Social Security Reform – Australian Greens

The Government’s too hard basket is overflowing today, as the vast majority of the Henry Review’s recommendations are ignored in favour of a couple of quick revenue raisers.

"The Government has failed yet again to take leadership on the tough issue of social security reform and has failed to deliver any Henry reforms that would have addressed Australia’s growing inequality and delivered a fair go to the disadvantaged and the working poor," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Spokesperson for Community Services said today.

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Greens call for Henry Review response to protect charity sector, increase income support

The Australian Greens are calling for the Government’s response to the Henry Review to ensure disadvantaged Australians are not left worse off.

Australian Greens Community Services spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said increasing income support and protecting the not-for-profit sector’s access to the Fringe Benefits Tax should be key priorities. 

 “We have serious concerns that Australia’s not-for-profit sector will be hit hard by any changes which reduce or remove their fringe benefit tax entitlements,” said Senator Siewert.

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Many left behind in ‘budget for tough times’

The Australian Greens raised concerns today about the Rudd Government's budget priorities, after single parents and the unemployed were overlooked in what was meant to be a budget for tough times.

"The nation expected a tough budget and the vast majority of Australians were prepared to dig a little deeper to make sure there was a fair go for those hit hard by the recession," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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MPI - Record level of debt

We have heard a lot of discussion about the issues around the growing debt and deficit in this country. We do not hear a lot of discussion about the growing social deficit in this country, which is going to be expanded under this budget. We of course have concerns around the deficit, but we also believe that many Australians share with us the view that in tough times we need to invest very carefully in measures that soften the blow to those hardest hit during those tough times, during recession.

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