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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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Greens lead the way with carbon positive campaign and best climate change policies

The Greens have cemented their place as the most environmentally
progressive party, not only by gaining top marks on party scorecards by
environmental organisations, but also by running a carbon positive
campaign for the 2007 federal election.

‘Carbon positive’ means that the Greens will go one better than
running a carbon neutral campaign, and will actually offset even more
than their own carbon emissions.

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Greens challenge Labor over coal power station and climate change action

During a visit to the South East today, Greens Senate candidate
Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the state and federal Labor parties to
rule out the approval of the proposed a new coal-fired power station
near Kingston.

Both state Labor and Liberal parties have previously given their
support for the proposal for a new 300MW power station fuelled by a
dirty brown coal deposit located north of Kingston.

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