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Media Release: Labor and Liberals vote down immigration detention Royal Commission

Labor and the Coalition have voted together to reject a Royal Commission into Australia's detention centres including Manus Island and Nauru.

Greens spokesperson for Immigration Nick McKim said the abuse and cover-ups in immigration detention centres, and the government’s failure to adequately respond, needed investigation at the highest possible level.

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Greens pledge to protect 18C as many times as it takes

The Australian Greens say they will keep standing with the community to protect Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, in the face of revelations Prime Minister Turnbull promised yet another attempt at changing it to win his leadership coup over Tony Abbott.

"In his rush to become Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull sold out those who would face discrimination to secure power for himself. It's disgraceful," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Once again the far Right of the Liberal Party is leading Malcolm Turnbull, instead of the other way around.

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Time to pull the plug on second Basslink

Warwick Smith’s sudden resignation from the viability study of a second Basslink cable should prompt an urgent rethink of the proposal, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“Mr Smith’s departure while halfway through a study into the second interconnector gives state and commonwealth governments an opportunity to reconsider their approach,” Senator McKim said.

“They should take off the blinkers and look at all options rather than limiting their thinking to old solutions that have failed Tasmania in the past.”

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Greens to create firefighting capacity within the Australian Defence Force

The Greens have pledged to establish a specialist firefighting unit within the Australian Defence Force and bolster Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet.

Greens Emergency Management spokesperson Nick McKim said the recent fires in Tasmania’s wilderness had shown the increasing fire risk that Australia faces from a warming climate.

“The science is clear - global warming means hotter, drier summers, with more dry lightning strikes, and therefore more bushfires,” Senator McKim said.

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Greens Stand Up For Small Business

Australian Greens spokesperson for Small Business and Greens candidate for Higgins Jason Ball have launched a comprehensive plan to give small business a fair go.

“In recent years the Greens have been the real voice for small business, as the establishment parties have looked after their big corporate donors,” Senator McKim said.

“The Greens will continue to fight for an effects test, remove some of the administrative burden and restore the loss-carry-back provisions abolished by the Liberals.”

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Government Tries to Censor Tasmanian Forests from Global Warming Report

The federal government’s censorship of references to Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests from a United Nations report can’t hide the threats to the area, or Greg Hunt’s negligence, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“We have known for some time that global warming and logging are putting a great deal of pressure on Tasmania’s magnificent forests,” Senator McKim said.

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Greens unveil plans for an Innovation Nation

The Australian Greens have today released a comprehensive Innovation Policy to back startup enterprises, support STEM education and boost innovation funding.

The policy was launched in Melbourne today with Innovation spokesperson Nick McKim, Industry and Science spokesperson Adam Bandt and Greens candidate for Higgins Jason Ball.

“The Australian Greens will reinvigorate the minds of Australian entrepreneurs by reinvesting the funding to the Entrepreneur’s Infrastructure Program,” Senator McKim said.

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