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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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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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Red-letter day in fight against warming

Today will be a great day for Australians who have waited years for their government to take our warming planet seriously.

After years of talk and a few backward steps, the Senate will pass a suite of legislation that will put a price on pollution from July next year.

Australians - who in 2007 and 2010 voted for politicians to back widespread community support for taking action - will be able to finally say that most of their elected representatives listened and acted.

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River to suffer from delays to Murray Darling plan

The Australian Greens are concerned by yet another delay in releasing the draft report by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

"We have been concerned that some states would continue to play games and veto elements of the draft plan they did not like," Greens' water and Murray Darling basin spokesperson, Sen. Hanson-Young, said today.

"It appears that's what's happened with this latest delay.

"Ultimately these obstacles will mean that the river system suffers.

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Save and expand foreign aid

This month the world is learning about the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa, where about 12 million people have been hit by the worst drought in almost 60 years. Australia has pledged more than $11 million in aid. It's heart-wrenching to see malnourished children in refugee camps in Kenya with tubes in their noses to feed them because their hungry mothers cannot.

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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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Budget

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (2.14 pm) - My question is to the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Wong.

Considering that there was only one big increase in new money for South Australia in terms of water in the budget - that is, the injection of an additional $228 million to double the size of the desalination plant and very little for reviving the river - is the minister aware of comments made by the Premier of South Australia yesterday in relation to the additional funding?

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