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Greens secure VET Ombudsman for exploited students

The Greens have secured support from the government to establish a Vocational Education and Training Ombudsman who will help to protect vulnerable students from exploitation, the party’s education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said.

“I welcome the announcement that the VET sector will finally be getting the Ombudsman that it so badly needs,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“This is an important win that will help to protect vulnerable students from exploitation in the future.

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Senate to explore Australian ‘Battery-Boom’ potential

The potential for an Australian Battery-Boom will be analysed after the Australian Greens established an inquiry into the ‘Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World’.

“Severe storms have battered the southern states in recent weeks and we’ve seen the supply of energy in South Australia take a hit as a result,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The relentless march of dangerous global warming means that these sorts of extreme weather events will only become more common in the future.

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Senate supports SA’s RET

The Senate has supported a motion endorsing South Australia’s renewable energy target, despite efforts from the Turnbull government to talk it down.

“The Senate has endorsed South Australia’s renewable energy target and the growth of wind and solar in our state,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The fact that the government voted against this motion tells you all you need to know about their contempt for jobs and renewable energy in South Australia.

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BP out of the Bight: Community 1, Big Oil 0

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has welcomed the news that BP have decided to drop its plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight and has vowed to work with the government to protect this natural wonder from all oil and gas exploration.

“BP have said goodbye to the Bight, I say good riddance to BP,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“This is a great win for the community who made it clear that BP weren’t welcome from the beginning.

“BP should never have been given an exploration permit, especially considering the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Greens to move for Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the banks

The Australian Greens have announced that they will move to introduce legislation into the Senate this week that would establish a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (PCI) into the Australian banking sector.

With similar powers to a Royal Commission, a PCI can be established by the Parliament alone and does not require endorsement from the Executive.

"After this week's dog and pony show from the big four banks, it's time we got serious and blew the lid on their dodgy practices," the Greens' finance spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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PM attacking SA renewables is not on: Greens

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the Prime Minister to drop his baseless attack on the South Australian renewable energy industry.

“South Australia is leading the nation in tackling dangerous global warming and renewable energy has brought thousands of jobs to our state,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“The government needs to give up its nakedly ideological attacks on South Australia and renewable energy.

“Acting as unofficial spokespeople for the coal industry, Malcolm Turnbull and his Energy Minister are letting our state down.

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Greens to move Senate motion in support of SA renewable energy target

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said that the release of the preliminary Australian Energy Market Operator report into the SA storms has shown that renewable energy was not to blame for the state-wide blackout and will move a motion, supporting renewable energy in her state, when the Senate next sits.

“This report makes it crystal clear that the storm caused South Australia’s blackout. Anyone saying otherwise is only doing so for cheap political reasons,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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VET privatisation failure must be addressed in reforms: Greens

The end of public money handouts to for-profit private providers should be at the centre of any Vocational Education and Training sector reforms, the Australian Greens have said.

“The rampant rorting of the VET system is one of the most extraordinary and damning examples of failed privatisation that Australia has ever seen,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Public money should not be given to private, for-profit education providers and should instead be invested in the struggling TAFE system.

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Turnbull’s attack on renewables reprehensible and reactionary: Greens

Greens Senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young, has said renewable energy was not to blame for yesterday's state-wide SA blackout and those who are using the crisis to score political points should be ashamed of themselves.

"South Australians should be working together and looking after each other at this difficult time, not finger pointing and scoring cheap political points," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Private schools’ funding windfall must be trimmed: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to reduce the amount of funding going to Australia's wealthiest private schools so that the money can go to where it's needed most; the public education sector.

"The wealthiest private schools in Australia have been lining up for ever-increasing handouts over recent years, but now that has to stop," the Greens' education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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