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Senator HANSON-YOUNG

I rise today to speak about a very special and precious place in my home state of South Australia. Last week, I was lucky enough to spend two days on the west coast in my home state, from Ceduna to the beginning of the Nullarbor region—a very, very precious and special spot, indeed. I was on a fact-finding mission, talking to local environment groups, traditional owners and industry representatives about the very real threat of BP's plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.

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Greens to introduce Bill to protect the Great Australian Bight from BP

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will give notice today that she will introduce legislation to the Senate that would see the Great Australian Bight marine park protected from companies wanting to drill for oil and gas.

"The Parliament has to step in and make sure that this this national treasure is protected for generations to come," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"BP will put this spectacular marine park at risk and, if they're given approval, there are several other companies lining up behind them.

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Statement on the marriage plebiscite

"I said I would wait to see the government's proposal and, now that I have, I won't be supporting it," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"This isn't a pathway for delivering marriage equality; it's a shameless display of the arrogant game playing that makes so many people hate politicians.

"Malcolm Turnbull has forsaken the marriage equality movement and allowed for this plebiscite to be rigged, so that it will never see the light of day.

"I could never accept spending tax payers' money on a campaign that attacks members of the Australian community.

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South Australia hit hard as Labor/Liberal gut ARENA

Ripping half a billion dollars from funding for renewable energy project will hit South Australian jobs and the state's renewables sector hard, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said.

"Ripping $500m from investment in renewable technology will be devastating for South Australia," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"Right when our state needs more support from the Federal Government, Labor and the Liberals gang up to gut ARENA.

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Potential faulty equipment should delay Bight drilling approval

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is calling for a delay in the approval process for BP drilling in the Great Australian Bight after it was revealed today that oil rigs poised to be used there could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a catastrophic incident.

"This revelation is extremely concerning and goes to show why the decision to approve drilling should not be rushed," Senator Hanson-Young said.

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PC report shows schools funding must be increased, better targeted

A Productivity Commission draft report, detailing no overall improvement in Australian education standards over the previous decade, shows why we need to implement a sector-blind needs-based schools funding model, the Australian Greens have said.

"It's no surprise that sticking with a broken funding model hasn't done anything to help the students," the Greens' Education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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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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Record whale numbers show why we must ‘Fight for the Bight’

Astounding results from a Curtin University study, showing 172 southern right whales using the Great Australian Bight calving sanctuary in just one July day, show why the area must be protected from BP's plans to drill for oil there.

"This essential ecosystem must be protected," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"The extremely vulnerable southern right whale population is only just starting to rebound and for BP to be given clearance to drill for oil in the Bight would be an absolute disaster.

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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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Greens pledge support for ARENA and renewables in SA

The Greens will support renewable energy projects in South Australia by voting against the Coalition's proposed billion dollar cuts to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in the Senate.

"We will vote to protect our state's renewable energy future and I call on my South Australian Senate colleagues to do the same," South Australian Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Gutting ARENA will have a devastating effect on jobs in South Australia. The Labor Party and the Nick Xenophon Team should immediately rule out supporting these regressive cuts.

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