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Tiger Airways

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:24): My question is to the Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Sherry. The Greens welcome the government's support for CASA's moves to protect the safety of passengers by grounding Tiger Airways. In light of this, however, the airline continued to sell tickets for five days, including bookings for flights in the month of July which have subsequently been cancelled. What action will the government take to stop Tiger or any other carrier from doing this in the future? 

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Greens Call For National Student Card

The Australian Greens have called for a proposal for a National Student Card to be put on the COAG agenda as a matter of urgency, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says it's important that the discrepancies between states and territories on tertiary student access to concession transport are ironed out as soon as possible.

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Greens Support Northern Rail Freight Bypass

The Australian Greens support the campaign for the Northern Rail Freight Bypass, and immediate action to relieve pressure on communities in the Adelaide Hills, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young says issues of noise, inconvenience and bushfire risk emphasise the need to re-route freight trains.

"When the Belair railway line was built in 1883, no one could have known we would have freight trains more than a kilometre long regularly using the track,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens call for Australian Student Card to apply to all domestic, international students nationwide

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is calling for a nationwide Australian Student Card to be introduced, as the Senate Inquiry into the welfare of international students continues, and student groups prepare to rally at NSW State Parliament House this afternoon.

The Inquiry, established by Senator Hanson-Young in June and carried out by the Senate’s Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee, holds a hearing in Sydney today. Senator Hanson-Young will also address the Fair Education: Justice for International Students rally when it reaches Parliament House.

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Greens propose Education Commission as international student senate inquiry holds hearings

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will raise the idea of an Education Commission at this week’s hearings for the Senate Inquiry into the welfare of international students.

The Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee’s inquiry into the welfare of international students, established by Senator Hanson-Young in May, will hold hearings in Melbourne tomorrow and Sydney on Wednesday.

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SA Budget funds represent missed opportunities

Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has pointed to extra millions for Adelaide’s desalination plant and a drop in money for water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin as the weak links in South Australia’s allocation in the Federal Budget.

An extra $228 million was provided for Adelaide’s desalination plant on the agreement that it double its output from 50GL to 100GL per year, while $16.4 million over two years was cut from water reform programs for the Murray-Darling Basin.

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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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South Australians need better public transport to survive sky-high petrol prices

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called for greater federal funding to fix South Australia’s public transport woes.

“Public transport in this state must be improved urgently, so we can get around efficiently in the years to come,” she said.

“The rising cost of petrol means many households are being tempted
to leave their cars in their driveways - if they can afford to run a
car at all. But the fact is that public transport in many areas is
woefully inadequate, which means those cars are being forced back on
the roads.

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Greens announce Roads to Rails policy

Greens Senate candidate for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has
called for a free public transport trial in Adelaide while announcing
the Greens’ Roads to Rails policy today.

“Our Roads to Rail policy would turn around Australia’s transport
strategy, prioritising funding for mass transit over the short-term and
obsolete mantra of more roads funding,” Ms Hanson-Young said.

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