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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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SA death in custody needs independent investigation

The Australian Greens have called for an independent investigation into the death of a young Aboriginal man in a South Australian prison while demanding strong action be taken to reduce the rate of Aboriginal incarceration in the state.

"Our thoughts are with this young man's family and friends," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This case is tragic and requires more than an internal police investigation. What we need is a rigorous independent investigation to get to the bottom of exactly what happened here.

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Education meeting failure; no road-map towards needs-based funding

The Australian Greens have criticised today's meeting of Education Minister's as a talk-fest, saying that it has done nothing to move towards an improved funding model for Australian schools.

"This meeting was an opportunity to talk about how we can invest in the future of our students and our schools, but that's not what happened," the Greens' education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"What we need more than anything else is a road-map towards genuine needs-based funding across Australian schools.

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Needs based funding required, not government excuses for funding cuts

Needs based support for schools must be guaranteed beyond the funding cliff set up by the Abbott/Turnbull government, the Australian Greens have said.

"The last thing we need right now is more excuses from the government justifying their education cuts," the Greens' Education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"We need to be investing in a full needs-based funding model, not walking back from the steps we've taken in that direction to this point.

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