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Dutton does Turnbull’s dirty work with TPV tirade

The Australian Greens have reaffirmed their commitment to scrapping Temporary Protection Visas, which leave people living in an interminable limbo, following the Government's attack on refugees today.

"This isn't about the Labor Party, this is about attacking people who have been found to be refugees and deserve protection," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Rather than letting vulnerable people get on with rebuilding their lives, the Liberals want them to suffer needlessly so that they can be used for political gain.

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Childcare overhaul with ‘Universal Access’ model proposed by Greens

The Australian Greens have announced that they will take a policy of 'Universal Access' childcare, with a guaranteed minimum of 24 hours of subsidised care offered to every Australian family each week, to the election.

The Greens policy would create a single, means tested payment model with access guaranteed for all Australian families. Whoever wins government will need to get their proposed childcare legislation through the Senate. The Greens would push for this policy to be implemented from the 1st of July 2017.

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Labor and Liberal childcare policies fall short

The Australian Greens have expressed their disappointment at the inability of either Labor or the Liberals to adequately address the current crisis in childcare.

"The Liberal Party's policy would leave hundreds of thousands of families worse off while Labor just want to pump billions of dollars into a failing system," the Greens' early childhood education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The big parties have squibbed it on childcare reform.

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Greens push to extend Frome Street Bikeway and boost SA public transport

Adelaide's Frome Street Bikeway would finally be extended to the River Torrens, under a Greens plan to invest more than half a billion dollars in public transport and cycling infrastructure in South Australia.

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms said the Greens would allocate $18 million to fund the completion of the Frome Street Bikeway. "It's time to end the Frome Street Bikeway saga and see a clear commitment from government to extend the separated bikeway up to the River Torrens," said Senator Simms.

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Greens push for 10,000 more family reunion visa places

With the family reunion visa system struggling due to limited places, long waiting lists and excessive fees, the Australian Greens have outlined a plan to restore integrity to the beleaguered program.

The Greens plan would immediately make 10,000 more family reunion places available each year and then initiate a detailed review of the family reunion program.

"The family reunion program simply isn't working anymore and we need to get it back on track," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens make election pledge for Solar Thermal in SA

The Australian Greens have said that they will push for the $100m Federal grant required to make a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta a reality at this election.

"A solar thermal plant in Port Augusta would bring thousands of jobs to South Australia and set up our state as a world leader in renewable technology," South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"If re-elected, the Greens will push for the $100m commitment required to make a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta a reality.

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Cambodia: one refugee left as situation deteriorates

The government's deal with Cambodia has failed, with just one refugee remaining in the country, and should be ended immediately the Australian Greens have said.

"Malcolm Turnbull must officially scrap this disastrous deal with Cambodia, before more people are put in harms' way," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Cambodia is already struggling to care for its people and is facing its own political and security crises. We shouldn't be dumping vulnerable people there.

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SA families hit by $90m childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of South Australian families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's childcare package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 57,620 South Australian families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $87.582 million hit on family budgets.

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Manus and Nauru torturous by design: Greens

The Manus Island and Nauru detention camps are not only torturous, but are intentionally design to be so, the Australian Greens have said.

"Tim Costello has simply said what is plainly true about the situation on Manus Island and Nauru," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"These camps are clearly designed to be torturous.

"This policy of offshore torture, so cherished by the Labor and Liberal parties, is destroying people right in front of our eyes.

"The problem is that the government has no exit strategy when it comes to Manus and Nauru.

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Greens: Complicated Nauru pregnancy should have been brought to Australia

The young mother who was sent from Nauru and is now fighting for her life in a Brisbane Hospital, along with her newborn baby, had a complicated pregnancy and should have been brought to Australia long ago, the Australian Greens have said.

"This situation could have been avoided but Peter Dutton chose to let it happen," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"My understanding is that this young woman had pre-eclampsia and should have been brought to Australia long ago, so that she could receive the care she so clearly needed.

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