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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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Chocolate money in the pork barrel leaves a bad taste for Tasmania

Nick McKim 13 May 2016

The cynical rebranding of old money is a transparent electoral ploy by a government desperate to hang on to its marginal Tasmanian seats, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“The majority of this funding was Tasmanian Forestry Agreement money that has now twice been promised to the state by the Liberals in election campaigns,” Senator McKim said.

“This money is long overdue, and not nearly enough to make up for the chronic underinvestment by the Liberals, especially in health and education.”

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RFA Review Response Locks in Native Forest Destruction

Janet Rice 7 May 2016

RFA Review Response Locks in Native Forest Destruction

 

The Tasmanian and Commonwealth governments’ response to the Review of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is a clear indication of the Abbott-Turnbull government's wilful blindness to the ongoing destruction of our native forests, say the Australian Greens.

 

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Federal Government Cuts To Legal Assistance Will Hurt Vulnerable Australians

The Government’s decision not to restore cuts to Legal Aid and Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in yesterday’s budget will continue to deny access to justice for some of the most vulnerable members of the community, Greens spokesperson for Justice Nick McKim says.

“Yet again, the Government has ignored those most in need to look after corporations and the very wealthy,” Senator McKim said.

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Budget Lets Down Students by Failing to Invest in their Future

Nick McKim 4 May 2016

The Federal government has badly let down Australian students, teachers and schools by failing to restore Tony Abbott’s school cuts, and providing only a pittance in extra funding for children with disability, Greens spokesperson for Schools Nick McKim says.

“This is a dismally unfair budget that lets down Australia’s students and fails to invest in our future,” Senator McKim said.

"Malcolm Turnbull has restored just 4% of Tony Abbott’s $30 billion cuts to schools and wants a round of applause from the public."

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Federal Government Abandons Gonski for Class Warfare

Nick McKim 1 May 2016

The Federal government has today confirmed its abandonment of full Gonski funding, Greens spokesperson for Schools Nick McKim says.

“Today’s announcement of funding for ‘high-performing’ schools will redirect resources to the top, and risks reigniting the funding battle between public and private schools,” Senator McKim said.

"It will also work against States, Territories and schools with more disadvantaged students."

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