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Potential faulty equipment should delay Bight drilling approval

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is calling for a delay in the approval process for BP drilling in the Great Australian Bight after it was revealed today that oil rigs poised to be used there could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a catastrophic incident.

"This revelation is extremely concerning and goes to show why the decision to approve drilling should not be rushed," Senator Hanson-Young said.

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PC report shows schools funding must be increased, better targeted

A Productivity Commission draft report, detailing no overall improvement in Australian education standards over the previous decade, shows why we need to implement a sector-blind needs-based schools funding model, the Australian Greens have said.

"It's no surprise that sticking with a broken funding model hasn't done anything to help the students," the Greens' Education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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UK/Australia trade negotiations should face public scrutiny

The Australian Greens have called on the Turnbull government to end the secrecy around trade negotiations and ensure that any potential deal between the UK and Australia is offered up for public scrutiny before it is agreed to.

"The Australian people deserve to have a say in these significant and secretive international trade deals," the Greens Finance and Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"A public cost-benefit analysis must be undertaken so that Australian voters can understand who will win and who will lose from any possible deal.

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Record whale numbers show why we must ‘Fight for the Bight’

Astounding results from a Curtin University study, showing 172 southern right whales using the Great Australian Bight calving sanctuary in just one July day, show why the area must be protected from BP's plans to drill for oil there.

"This essential ecosystem must be protected," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The extremely vulnerable southern right whale population is only just starting to rebound and for BP to be given clearance to drill for oil in the Bight would be an absolute disaster.

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Greens lead charge for ‘free’ trade scrutiny with Senate inquiry

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said that she will focus on reigning in and scrutinising so called 'free' trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in her new role as the party's spokesperson on Trade.

"I want to make sure that these deals, which seem to only help big business, are given the maximum possible scrutiny by the Federal Parliament," the Greens' Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens pledge support for ARENA and renewables in SA

The Greens will support renewable energy projects in South Australia by voting against the Coalition's proposed billion dollar cuts to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in the Senate.

"We will vote to protect our state's renewable energy future and I call on my South Australian Senate colleagues to do the same," South Australian Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Gutting ARENA will have a devastating effect on jobs in South Australia. The Labor Party and the Nick Xenophon Team should immediately rule out supporting these regressive cuts.

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Greens call for inquiry as Immigration corruption festers

Reports of a culture of corruption inside the government's Border Force department show how politicisation has undermined the agency, the Australian Greens have said.

The Australian Greens will move for a Parliamentary inquiry into the business and skilled visa streams after the election.

"Border Force has been used as a politicised 'stop the boats' propaganda machine, at the expense of the agency's integrity," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Ghost of Abbott appears with Malcolm’s ‘Stop The Boats’ scare campaign

Malcolm Turnbull has revived Tony Abbott's 'stop the boats' scare campaign on the eve of the Federal Election, to the disappointment of moderate and progressive voters across the country, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Prime Minister is getting desperate and is breathing life back into Tony Abbott's favourite scare campaign," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's disappointing to watch Malcolm Turnbull pull the rip-cord and deploy a 'stop the boats' scare campaign on the eve of this election.

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Greens call for refugees to be brought to Australia safely

The Australian Greens have said that the people on a boat that is stranded off of Indonesia should have their claims for protection assessed fairly and efficiently before being brought to Australia safely, if they are in need of protection.

"Australia should engage with Indonesia and the UNHCR on the stranded boat in Aceh. These people must be allowed to put their claims forward in a safe location, so that they can be assessed fairly and efficiently, and Australia needs to play a role in that," the Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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