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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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PM begging for TPP trade agreement against Aus interest

Malcolm Turnbull should stop begging the United States to pass the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership and instead act in the national intrust by opposing the deal, the Australian Greens have said.

"This deal will drive the cost of cancer drugs through the roof and make Australian taxpayers vulnerable to being sued by foreign companies," the Greens' Finance and Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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BP drilling decision delayed, should be rejected

The national regulating body NOPSEMA's decision to delay its decision relating to BP's application to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight by 10 days is a welcome decision and should foreshadow a final, negative decision, the Australian Greens have said.

"What's needed now is a final rejection of BP's disastrous plan," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This decision will have an impact on generations of Australians and should not be rushed.

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BP modelling shows a spill would devastate SA

Following the release of explosive oil spill modelling from mining giant BP, their plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight should be rejected, the Australian Greens have said.

"Here we have it, straight from BP themselves," South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The environmental and economic impact of a spill on the marine life, fisheries and tourism industry of South Australia would be absolutely devastating.

"BP's attempts to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight should not be allowed to go ahead.

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