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Govt must help students in limbo following 'Arab spring'

 

The Australian Greens will in the next sitting of parliament call on the Gillard government to help students in Australia who are from countries caught up in the Arab uprising.

 

"I have given a notice of motion that in the new Senate on July 4 the Greens will call on the government to extend on humanitarian grounds the visas of students from Libya, Bahrain and Syria," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

 

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Attack on campaign is hypocritical

Tens of thousands of people attended peaceful rallies around the country on Sunday in support of action on climate change, despite the Coalition and News Ltd media empire's negative campaign against cutting pollution via a carbon tax.

I am writing this from Christmas Island and could not attend the rally in Adelaide. I am gladdened Australians were not intimidated from speaking out.

The Sunday before the rallies, the News Ltd press attacked proponents of taking action, such as actress Cate Blanchett, for publicly supporting efforts to combat climate change.

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A Revolution For The Ages

History was made last week. Not because Prime Minister Julia Gillard broke down in Parliament or because Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was struck dumb by a Channel 7 reporter, but because the people of Egypt brought about a peaceful revolution.

It's a revolution that dramatically changes the course of their nation's future and potentially that of their region.

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A Lesson For The Majors

Right now I am on an eight-hour road trip to the Thai-Burma border, which gives me time to reflect on the amazing parliamentary year that is finally drawing to a close.

It has been a big year for the Greens - our support has been on the rise, punctuated by a record performance for a third party in both Houses at the federal election in August. More importantly, on a federal level, we are starting to achieve real outcomes, both in terms of expanding the range of political debate and in working to secure improvements to legislation that affects people's lives.

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Australian Greens, Labor commit to agreement for stable Government

The Australian Greens and the Labor Party have signed an agreement to ensure stability for Labor in Government. The Greens will ensure supply and oppose any motion of no confidence in the Government from other parties or MPs.

Labor will work with the Greens to deliver improved transparency and integrity to Parliament and pursue policies that promote the national interest and address climate change.

As part of the agreement there will be regular meetings between the Prime Minister and Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and newly-elected Lower House MP Adam Bandt.

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Don't Get Caught Out - Enrol To Vote Now!

The Australian Greens have called on all Australians to check their enrolment immediately and update their details to ensure they don't miss out on voting in the imminent Federal Election, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on Youth says time is running out for people to confirm their place on the electoral roll for the 2010 election.

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Don't Waste Your First Time

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Missing Voters Could Hold Key To Election - Greens

The Greens have launched a campaign to encourage first-time voters to enrol, as the Coalition vows to block legislation in the Senate to keep the electoral roll open for seven days after an election is called.

"It's disappointing to see the Coalition under Tony Abbott using this Howard-style tactic of trying to disenfranchise younger voters," said the Greens Spokesperson for Youth Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who launched an online video today encouraging first-time voters to enrol.

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