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Australia is an 'embarassment' on climate change

Were you to arrive in Australia and read the front pages of our newspapers you would be forgiven for thinking that we are living in some type of black hole, devoid of information, news and expert opinion from the rest the world.

What other possible explanation could there be for the ignorance of those who warn of the end of civilisation were a carbon tax to established than by claiming Australia would be out on a limb, leading the world.

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Unbecoming, Mr Abbott

Having spent months inciting a people's revolt, Tony Abbott needs to take responsibility for the revolting tactics of his ''revolutionaries''.

Like many Australians, I was stunned to see the Leader of the Opposition and his some of his frontbench colleagues standing in front of a placard referring to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, as ''Bob Brown's bitch''. It defies belief that none of them read this sign before standing in front of it.

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Greens back levy after $100 million win on solar and support for affordable housing, education

The Australian Greens will support the flood levy in the House of Representatives and the Senate after important gains from the Government on their proposed funding cuts.

Greens Leader Bob Brown, Deputy Leader Christine Milne and MP Adam Bandt took their concerns directly to the government and negotiated a good outcome that will release funding for flood recovery and protect key programs.

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After the deluge comes the mud-slinging

They say a week is a long time in politics. Two weeks ago, the floods were a political no-go zone, now it seems the gloves are off. Everyone from Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Warren Truss and Anthony Albanese are all warming up for the first mud-slinging session of the year, when parliament resumes next week.The response from both sides of politics to this disaster has been interesting. The Government is rightly pledging to help Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales with their multi-billion dollar clean-up. It's introduced a levy and cuts to services to fund this.

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A Lesson For The Majors

Right now I am on an eight-hour road trip to the Thai-Burma border, which gives me time to reflect on the amazing parliamentary year that is finally drawing to a close.

It has been a big year for the Greens - our support has been on the rise, punctuated by a record performance for a third party in both Houses at the federal election in August. More importantly, on a federal level, we are starting to achieve real outcomes, both in terms of expanding the range of political debate and in working to secure improvements to legislation that affects people's lives.

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Greens Want Australia To Act As A Good Neighbour In The Pacific Region

Australia needs to live up to its responsibilities in the Pacific Region by acting as a good neighbour to other countries according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Human Rights, says the Greens have a comprehensive plan for Australia to play a proper role in the region and help improve health, educational and humanitarian outcomes in developing countries.

"Australia is one of the wealthiest and most stable countries in the Pacific region,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Second Speech on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

Tuesday November 24 -

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)
(1.05 pm)-I rise today to contribute to this debate on Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] and related legislation. I note that this is the second time I have spoken on this legislation - as it is for many others in this chamber. Despite the amendments and the dirty deal announced by the Prime Minister earlier today, the legislation in front of us is no different to the legislation that we debated some months ago.

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Greens launch $3.4m local green jobs boost for SA

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young today joined the Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib in Melbourne for the national launch of the Local Jobs package, including more than $3.4 million in funding for five projects in South Australia.

The projects are part of the $360 million Local Jobs and community support components of the economic stimulus package, which were the result of successful negotiation between the Rudd Government and the Greens to secure the passage of the stimulus through the Senate in February.

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