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Greens' inquiry to probe government's 457 visa changes

The Australian Greens have announced that they will move to establish a Senate inquiry into the government's 457 visa changes when parliament returns for the Budget in May.

"If Australia is going to attract the type of expertise, intelligence and experience that we need, we have to engage with our region and the wider international community," the Greens' finance and trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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The Australian Greens stand with Australia's students and universities

The Australian Greens have pledged to use their power in the Parliament to protect Australia's higher education sector from any further funding cuts ahead of the Turnbull government's budget in May. 

"We are putting the Government on notice that we will not accept any more nasty cuts to our universities and tertiary institutions," Greens education and finance spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Chevron’s greedy tax fight proves it can’t be trusted with the Bight

Chevron has proven it cannot be trusted with the pristine environment of the Great Australian Bight if they refuse to play by Australia’s tax rules, Australian Greens Senator for South Australia and finance spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“Chevron has fought for almost 15 years against paying its fair share of tax to Australians, after being given a leg up by the Australian government. The loan to Chevron not only ripped off Australian taxpayers for years, but the money ended up offshore providing no benefit to Australia,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Time to let go of the past and back five-minute rule

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young is calling on Malcolm Turnbull to prove himself as the bold, innovative Prime Minister he purports to be by introducing a “five minute rule” to fix and future-proof the electricity market.

“The Australian Energy Market Commission has backed a transition to a 5-minute rule which would give renewables an even playing field while those old fossil fuel operators and our Prime Minister are clutching at the past,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Xenophon's big biz tax cuts

Statement on the Nick Xenophon Political Party’s big business tax cuts;

 

"Billions of dollars that should have gone to our schools and hospitals in South Australia have just been funnelled straight into the pockets of big business, thanks to Nick Xenophon," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"He screwed over regular South Australians tonight, and for what? A bunch of reviews and studies.

"Our state can't run on empty promises and dirty deals Nick.

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SA strides ahead into renewable energy future

The announcement of a billion-dollar solar farm and energy storage facility in South Australia shows that the state is leading the way into a clean, green, renewable energy future.

“This world leading facility is the next step in South Australia’s march toward a clean, green and stable energy future,” South Australian Greens’ Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Coal is dead and our state has the vision and foresight to lead our nation’s technological revolution.

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Power companies and Libs playing South Australians for fools

South Australians don’t need yet another inquiry into the price of power, they need action now to level the playing field for renewables and crack down on extortionist price gouging by fossil fuel power generators, the Australian Greens have said.

“The people of South Australia don’t need another inquiry, we need action,” South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“For too long, the Liberals and the big power companies have been playing South Australians for fools.

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