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PM begging for TPP trade agreement against Aus interest

Malcolm Turnbull should stop begging the United States to pass the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership and instead act in the national intrust by opposing the deal, the Australian Greens have said.

"This deal will drive the cost of cancer drugs through the roof and make Australian taxpayers vulnerable to being sued by foreign companies," the Greens' Finance and Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move: That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 February 2017: The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, with particular reference to the impact of the agreement on:

(a) Australia's economy and trade;

(b) Australia's domestic labour market testing obligations and laws regarding wages, conditions and entitlements of Australian workers and temporary work visa holders;

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Youth Unemployment crisis: training, jobs needed

The Australian Greens have called on government and business to outline a path towards reigning in the growing youth unemployment rate in Australia.

"Soaring youth unemployment is a major issue facing our nation," the Greens' Finance and Youth spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Rather than beating up on young people, calling them lazy and taking away essential income support, the government should be building them a genuine pathway towards employment.

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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.

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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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Red-letter day in fight against warming

Today will be a great day for Australians who have waited years for their government to take our warming planet seriously.

After years of talk and a few backward steps, the Senate will pass a suite of legislation that will put a price on pollution from July next year.

Australians - who in 2007 and 2010 voted for politicians to back widespread community support for taking action - will be able to finally say that most of their elected representatives listened and acted.

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River to suffer from delays to Murray Darling plan

The Australian Greens are concerned by yet another delay in releasing the draft report by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

"We have been concerned that some states would continue to play games and veto elements of the draft plan they did not like," Greens' water and Murray Darling basin spokesperson, Sen. Hanson-Young, said today.

"It appears that's what's happened with this latest delay.

"Ultimately these obstacles will mean that the river system suffers.

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