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Greens welcome call for a ten year poverty plan

The Australian Greens today welcomed a call by the major church providers for the next government of Australia to work with community services to develop a 10 year plan to tackle poverty.

“There is a pressing need for a long-term and comprehensive approach to reducing disadvantage in the Australian community,” said Greens social inclusion spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

“The Greens welcome this initiative and are keen to work with welfare groups and whichever party forms government to make this vision a reality.

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Greens plan for national water efficiency standards

The Australian Greens will move to introduce national mandatory water efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings in the Senate after the federal election.

"The Greens urban water plan will help Australian cities plan for and cope with a water-restricted future," said Greens water spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert in Perth today.

"Despite many Australians' hard work reducing their water use, Australia still has the highest per capita water-use in the world,” said Senator Siewert.

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Greens launch Perth Light Rail

Australian Greens Senators for WA Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam will today launch a comprehensive plan for servicing the Perth metropolitan area with light rail.

“Light rail – in other words, modern, electrified trams – is quiet, clean and efficient and carries between 10,000 and 28,000 people per hour,” Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said.

“It reduces congestion and speeds up travel times and is the most practical way of linking up our suburban centres with the existing train system – the Greens are proud to be at the forefront of pushing this agenda in Perth.

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Australian Greens call for action to match words on National Sorry Day

The Australian Greens today join with fellow Australians to recognise National Sorry Day, acknowledging the past hurt caused to Aboriginal people and renewing calls for their Stolen Generations Repatriation Bill to receive multilateral support in the Senate.

“Today we recognise and remember a tragic part of Australia’s history and hope future Australian Governments will continue to move away from past mistakes,” Australian Greens Indigenous Affairs Spokesperson Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens welcome long overdue Community Land Trust examination

The Australian Greens say the Government's decision to examine the use of community land trusts among a number of plans to increase Aboriginal home ownership comes more than two years after the idea was first put forward.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs first called for wider examination of measures allowing communities greater flexibility and access to affordable accommodation as part of a Senate Select Committee Inquiry in 2008 'A good house is hard to find: Housing affordability in Australia'.

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Greens Wary of Airport Expansion Approval

Rachel Siewert 23 Mar 2010

Following the Federal Minister's decision on the Jandakot Airport Master Plan, the Greens are calling on the State Government to make it clear whether they consider commercial development on this scale consistent with planning directions and whether it contravenes several State policies including protection of Bush Forever sites.

Senator Rachel Siewert said "We are concerned that the Master Plan does not conform with current planning rules and I am yet to be convinced that the scale of commercial development, noise and pollution issues will be addressed appropriately."

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Senate calls for delay in Snowy review

The Senate today passed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Commonwealth to demand NSW delays finalisation of the Snowy Water License Review while environmental water releases are addressed.

"This must be done to avoid the risk of unnecessary compensation," Australian Greens Water Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"Delaying the review by six months will allow the Snowy Scientific Committee to review the environmental benefits of permitting releases from Mowamba Weir, in order to make a decision on this issue during the time of the Review.

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Greens call on Minister Macklin to start work on Town Camps

The Australian Greens say there is compelling evidence to suggest the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs is being disingenuous about her inability to act on the deplorable conditions in town camps in Central Australia.

"Minister Macklin claims desperately needed work can't proceed while Federal Court proceedings are on-going. However, according to advice we have received, this simply is not true" said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal Issues.

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