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Greens will vote down childcare if 15 hours not guaranteed

The Australian Greens have announced that they will vote down the government’s childcare package if it refuses to commit to guaranteeing vulnerable Australian families a minimum of 15 hours of subsidised care per week.

“This is about fairness and giving all Australian children the start in life that they deserve,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“We have a chance at securing meaningful, positive change to the childcare sector here, but only if the government allows the Senate to fix their bill.

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Holden must clean up before it clears out

The Australian Greens are calling for a plan to clean up the Holden plant and surrounding areas to be expedited following the 122-hectare Elizabeth site hitting the market today.

“It is absolutely essential that before Holden closes its doors, there is an action plan in place for the clean-up of the site, there aren’t any hazardous health issues for people and the environment isn’t trashed,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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More hot air from state & federal governments on gas plans

Malcolm Turnbull and the South Australian Government need to stop looking to gas as a saviour for our energy crisis and instead make meaningful changes to lower power bills for households and small businesses, the Australian Greens say. They have called for the government to put in place powers to pause LNG exports when peak demand requires gas to be available domestically.

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Time to double down on Musk's wager

Elon Musk's proposal to solve South Australia’s energy crisis with battery storage is the game changer our state needs to switch back on, Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young says.

“I'm not a gambling woman, but what do we have to lose here? Blackouts, expensive power bills, or cheap and clean renewable energy with reliable battery storage - the answer is staring us in the face,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens wish Kate Ellis well, gear up to campaign for seat of Adelaide

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has wished Labor MP Kate Ellis well after the Lower House MP announced she will not be re-contesting the seat of Adelaide at the next Federal Election.

“The race is on in Adelaide and we will be pulling out all the stops to turn Adelaide Green at the next election,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“The people of Adelaide deserve a strong progressive voice in Canberra. They need someone who will stand up for job security, housing affordability, equality and the environment.

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Greens stand with childcare workers striking today

The Australian Greens stand in solidarity with the thousands of childcare workers striking this afternoon to highlight the low wages they receive for the important task of providing care and education to Australian children.

“Early childhood educators are grossly underpaid for the valuable work they do. They teach, nurture and guide children in one of the most important phases of their learning life,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

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We must act on fundamental flaws to Murray Darling Basin Plan for river to flourish

The Murray Darling Basin Plan has been fundamentally flawed from the beginning and needs to be fixed, the Australian Greens have said in response to the ANU’s Water Reform and Planning in the Murray-Darling Basin report.

“It’s time to repair the Murray Darling Basin Plan and get it right once and for all,” Greens Water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Coca-Cola Amatil closure another blow for local factory workers

The Australian Greens extend their condolences to the staff and their families affected by today’s announcement that the Thebarton Coca-Cola Amatil factory will close in 2019.

“This is another blow to our state, and our local factory workers and their families and I extend my condolences to those affected,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Lights out for South Australians to protect profits for big power companies

SA Power Networks has admitted to staying quiet for a week and a half on a software glitch that saw an additional 60,000 South Australian homes out of power during load shedding this month, following intense questioning from Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young at today’s ‘Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World’ hearing in Adelaide.

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Government must face facts: South Australian schools will lose $335 million

The Senate has called on Federal Education Minister to explain which South Australian schools are set to suffer as a result of the 2018 Gonski funding cliff, following an Australian Greens motion passing this afternoon.

“Schools across South Australia set to lose out on $335 million in funding as the Government carelessly heads toward the Gonski funding cliff next year. Education Minister Simon Birmingham needs to face up to the fact that schools in his state will face losing teachers and programs,” Australian Greens education spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

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