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Greens Join South Australian Students to Stop Uni Cuts

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young have joined South Australian universities and students today to oppose Labor and Tony Abbott’s $2.3 billion university cuts.
 
Senator Milne said slashing funding to universities will hurt 70,000 South Australian students who will face more crowded classrooms and extra pressure due to cuts.
 
“Labor’s plan to make the start-up scholarships a part of HECS will add additional burdens for up to 18,000 of South Australia’s most disadvantaged students,” Senator Milne said.
 

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Country South Aussies let down by budget

The 2013 Labor Budget will do little to ease the stress on country South Australians, say Australian Greens Senators Sarah Hanson Young and Penny Wright.

"Labor has spent more time listening to mining companies, the big banks and their factions than the people in rural and regional communities," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The Greens stood up for regional South Australia during the Murray Darling Basin debate while our colleagues in the old parties and those upstream tried to sell us down the river.

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Greens Paid Parental Leave: Fair and affordable

The Australian Greens have announced today that they plan to amend the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme to reflect a fairer and more affordable model.

“We need a paid parental leave scheme that is both fair and affordable, but so far we haven’t seen that from either of the old parties,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens launch National Youth Survey

The Australian Greens are launching a new National Youth Survey today, coinciding with National Youth Week.

The survey for 15 to 25 year olds can be found at www.nationalyouthsurvey.com

"The voice of Australia's young people is too important to ignore," the Greens youth spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Too often our youth become disillusioned with modern politics but the Greens are here to listen to what they have to say.

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Direct funding of childcare centres would lift pressure off families

After the release of an Australia Institute report that shows more than one in three families are struggling with the cost of childcare, the Greens are calling for direct funding to childcare centres to easing cost of living pressure on parents.

“The fact that so many families are struggling to pay for childcare is a problem that cannot be ignored,” the Greens’ childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens to move for long overdue inquiry into childcare funding

 

The Greens will continue their push for a much needed inquiry into the childcare sector tomorrow, calling on the Senate to order the Productivity Commission to produce a report on the best way of funding childcare in Australia.

The Senate passed a Greens motion calling on the government to establish a Productivity Commission inquiry into the sector in May of last year and it is well beyond time for that investigation to begin, the Greens say.

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Greens call for direct funding to centres for childcare fees

Direct funding to childcare centres is an essential step to easing cost of living pressure on parents, the Australian Greens said today.

“Breaking the childcare debt cycle with direct payments to childcare centres is a simple step that will go a long way to helping ease the cost of living pressures being felt by Australian families,” the Greens’ childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Children's Commissioner a win for our kids

After paving the way for the creation of the position, the Australian Greens have today welcomed the appointment of Megan Mitchell as the National Children’s Commissioner.

“Children are some of the most vulnerable people in our society,” the Greens’ youth and early childhood spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It is only right that we created the essential role of National Children’s Commissioner.

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Protecting new mothers' rights at work

The Australian Greens have said that it’s time for the Labor Party to get serious about parental leave, making it an enforceable workplace entitlement with proper pay.

“If we acknowledge that pregnant women need more rights at work, including time off, then we should go all the way and legislate to make adequate leave a workplace entitlement with pay,” the Greens youth and childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Aussie parents to have their say on childcare

The Greens launched a national childcare survey today, at www.childcarepoll.com, giving parents around Australia a chance to tell their stories about the experience of enrolling their children into care.

“We want to hear what mums and dads across the nation have to say about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to finding quality, affordable care for their children” Greens’ childcare and early education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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