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Greens launch SA clean energy plan to power the new economy and create jobs

Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale is visiting Adelaide today to announce the South Australian component of the Greens’ RenewAustralia plan.

“The RenewAustralia plan would see the creation of 800-1000 jobs in a state that desperately needs them, while setting a course for South Australia to be powered by 100% clean energy by 2030,” Senator Di Natale said.

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Gov must strip Wilson Security of contracts

Wilson Security should be stripped of their contracts for the offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru after its poor corporate governance practices were revealed in the Panama Papers leak, the Australian Greens have said.

"Wilson Security should be stripped of their contracts and the government should get on with closing the Manus and Nauru camps," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Childcare package to leave hundreds of thousands worse off, needs work: Greens

The government's childcare package will result in hundreds of thousands of families being worse off and will need to be amended, the Australian Greens have said.

"This package doesn't do what the government said it would and will, instead, leave hundreds of thousands of families worse off," the Greens' early childhood education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"Far from helping new mothers re-enter the workforce, the government's strict activity test will make it harder for casual workers and those with irregular hours to access care.

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Dutton's deception 'deplorable': Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to rule out sending any children currently in Australia back to Nauru.

"Peter Dutton's sleight of hand and his willingness to use children as political pawns is deplorable," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"While it's good to see the government being forced into releasing children from detention, it means nothing while the Minister plans to send them back to Nauru.

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Government must explain as tensions rise on Manus Island

The reported tensions within the Manus Island detention camp, resulting from centre meetings where plans for forced segregation and mass deportations were outlined, need to be addressed by the Australian Government, the Australian Greens have said.

"The government needs to clarify what's happening inside the Manus Island camp," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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PBO shows Greens’ immigration policy saves $8b

The Australian Greens will go to the election with a policy of closing down the detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru and holding people in community detention on the mainland while their claims for protection are assessed in Australia.

The Parliamentary Budget Office has shown that this policy would save $2.9233 billion over the forward estimates and $8.4745 billion over the next ten years.

"The government is spending billions of dollars on Nauru and Manus Island and they have no exit strategy," Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Sarah Hanson-Young named a World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader for 2016

The Leader of the Australian Greens, Richard Di Natale, has congratulated his colleague Sarah Hanson-Young on being named a World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader for 2016.

Senator Hanson-Young will join the 120 other Young Global Leaders for 2016 which include a woman whose company regrows damaged human bones; a scientist developing technology that reuses radioactive waste; ministers shaking up politics; future business leaders; and human rights activists.

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Grandmothers for asylum seekers

Senator HANSON-YOUNG

My question today is to the minister representing the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis. Attorney-General, today, represented here in the chamber and, of course, around the building, are hundreds of grandmothers from around Australia. They have gathered in this place to lobby your government around the treatment of—

Senator Ian Macdonald

Why didn't they do this when Labor had 2,000 locked up?

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