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Valuing Higher Education

The Australian Greens are committed to making Higher Education a priority, even if the old parties won't.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says the cornerstone of the Greens' policy is a series of initiatives to help Australia meet its target to have 20 per cent of higher education enrolments at undergraduate level coming from low SES backgrounds by the year 2020.

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Same-Sex Marriages

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (3.40 pm) - I move:

That the Senate -

(a) notes:
(i) the first same-sex marriages were celebrated in Mexico City in the week beginning 7 March 2010, following the recent passage of legislation removing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, under that city's Marriage Act, and

(ii) Mexico City joins Portugal, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Spain, South Africa and many states in the United States of America that already recognise same-sex marriage as a reality;

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Time To Take Early Childhood Learning Seriously

The collapse of ABC Learning has presented an opportunity to reform systems of care for our youngest children, now the Federal Government must show the commitment to make it happen, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Youth, Childcare and Education, says the report of the 12-month inquiry into childcare tabled in the Senate has shown that reliance on corporate providers has not resulted in an appropriate quality of care.

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High-Quality Childcare Must Be A Top Priority

A new survey showing overwhelming public support for quality childcare reinforces the message to the Federal Government that childcare is an essential service which needs appropriate funding, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Childcare, says 84 per cent of people surveyed wanted the Federal Government to make quality childcare a priority, emphasising the growing dissatisfaction with the pace of reform in early childhood education and care.

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Government must release Y-A modelling - Greens

The Government must release the economic modelling it has relied upon when formulating its changes to Youth Allowance, according to the Greens Education Spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

"The Government has been more than happy to sell the winners of these reforms, but when it comes to talking about those who are going to miss out, they are reluctant to tell the whole story."

"How can the Government continue to claim its youth allowance package is budget neutral, when it says it doesn't have detailed modelling at its disposal?"

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Greens demand more information in publication of school results

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says more information – including figures on the funding schools receive – must be included in the publication of school testing results to ensure that simplistic ‘league tables’ cannot be created to disadvantage some schools.

The Federal Government has pushed ahead with plans to publish every school’s literacy and numeracy results online, without information on school funding to contextualise the results, as was promised by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

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Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

That the Senate calls on the Federal Government to:

a) release the protocols for The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority's reporting information and publication of national schools data; and

b) amend The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act to provide for these protocols as a legislative instrument; and

c) conduct a review of the impact of the testing and reporting regime on resourcing, educational outcomes and teaching workforce after 2 years.

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Environmental Health Australia conference: Someone call a doctor, the planet has a fever!

I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land, the Peramangk people.

I also acknowledge Minister for Health, the Hon John Hill; Mayor of the District Council of Mount Barker, Ann Ferguson; Professor Mark Daniel; other distinguished guests and speakers; and, members of the Environmental Health Profession.

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Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No.2) 2008-2009

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)
(4.32 pm)—I rise today to speak to the government’s $42 million stimulus package that, as the government puts it, aims to provide long-term infrastructure building for Australia. While the Greens have stated on the record our support for the intent of this package, we do raise genuine and serious concerns about a number of the areas that have failed to be adequately addressed within this package of the Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009 and related bills.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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