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Federal Labor should block SA nukes

Following the Citizen Jury’s resounding rejection of the proposed nuclear waste dump in South Australia, the Federal Labor Party should reaffirm their opposition to the importation of nuclear waste and block this farcical process once and for all, the Australian Greens have said.

“The people of South Australia don’t want this dump and the Labor Party need to recognise that,” South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“As South Australian MPs, we all have a duty to stand up for our state.”

According to Labor’s own National Platform they will;

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SA nuke dump - biased advice shows books are cooked

The so called 'economic argument' for an international nuclear waste dump in South Australia is a cruel joke, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said, after it was revealed that two of its key authors work for a pro-nuclear organisation.

"This sham modelling has been revealed as a cruel joke on a state that is looking for jobs and a secure, long term economic future," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"South Australia's prosperity cannot be built on a foundation of dodgy modelling and nuclear waste.

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Barnaby’s dam crazy

Giving Barnaby Joyce the keys to a multi-million dollar water slush fund is a recipe for disaster, the Australian Greens have said.

“Letting Barnaby Joyce loose across Northern Australia with his very own pork barrelling fund is dangerous,” the Greens’ water spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Nationals have a questionable environmental record and spending $440 million on Barnaby’s boondoggle is a recipe for disaster.

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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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