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Watering down work for the dole but no changes in remote communities a huge cause for concern: Greens

Changing arrangements for work for the dole measures but keeping in place tougher requirements for Aboriginal communities shows discrimination is entrenched in the budget, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“We welcome the Government’s admission that work for the dole is ineffective but it is concerning that the Government has failed to wind back measures in remote Aboriginal communities.

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Boosted oversight of foreign owned land and water a win for WA


The Greens have secured an Australian-first register of foreign owned water entitlements, in agreeing to support government legislation that gives the Foreign Investment Review Board greater scope to check if sales of Australian land to overseas buyers is in the national interest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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Government and Labor must abandon watered down cuts to FTB B that will hurt low income families

“The Australian Greens will not support the Government’s cuts to Family Tax Benefit payments that will hurt single parents, grandparents carers and low income coupled families. The Government's package of cuts targets some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

“The Australian Greens will also not support Labor’s proposal for a revised cut that will only target coupled families on a low income with children over 13”, said Australian Greens spokesperson on families, Senator Rachel Siewert.  

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Bread & Water rally shows the reality of life on Newstart

The meagre existence faced by people on Newstart Allowance had been brought into sharp focus by ACOSS's Bread and Water Call To Action in Sydney, the Australian Greens said today.

"The absolute, stark reality of life on Newstart is that people are forced to skip meals and survive without things the community regards as essential," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

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Fuel spill in Antarctic waters hastens need for Government intervention

The Australian Greens say the Government must immediately act on further proof that heavy fuel oil has been brought into Australia's EEZ and investigate reports of a leakage from the Korean flagged ship Sun Laurel into pristine Antarctic waters.

"The Sun Laurel is currently in the Australian Antarctic EEZ refuelling whaling ships from the Japanese fleet, blatantly breaching international rules and Australia's clear position that they should leave our waters," Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson on marine issues said today.

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Australia out of step as UK reviews deepwater drilling

The Australian Greens have expressed support for a ruling in the UK High Court which will see a judicial review of their Government’s decision to grant deepwater drilling licences off the Shetland coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson says the reasons behind the ruling highlight concerns about the Australian Government’s decision to allow exploration in deep water in the Great Australian Bight.

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National Water Commission

Environment and Communications - 22 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I have some questions that I think might belong here rather than with the commission, so I will try them out. I am interested in the future role of the National Water Commission. I understand that the commission’s term is up fairly shortly; is that correct?

Mr Slatyer—Yes, under the National Water Commission Act that act terminates on 30 June 2012.

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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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