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Federal Court decision welcomed as fight to protect sacred DjubWurrung trees continues

In a stark rebuke to Minister for Environment Sussan Ley, the Australian Greens today welcomed the Federal Court decision to uphold an appeal regarding the sacred Djab Wurrung trees.

Overnight the Federal Court overturned Minister Ley's decision to reject an appeal for the protection of six trees in the path of a highway upgrade on Djab Wurrung Country in western Victoria.

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Governments must account for process that allowed for destruction of sacred Pilbara site

Greens Spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said:

“I am appalled and deeply upset for the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people who have been treated with such blatant disregard and disrespect by the State Government and Rio Tinto.

“The State Government must account for the processes that allowed this to happen.

“I cannot imagine a European artefact of such cultural significance being destroyed like this."

Greens Spokesperson for the Environment Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:

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Greens condemn violent racist vandalism

The Australian Greens condemn the vile racism behind vandalism of Greens SA Senate candidate Major Moogy Sumner’s election poster.


“This racism is not acceptable. We need First Australians in our Parliament and they need to be able to participate without these kinds of attacks,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.


“This does not represent South Australia. Moogy is a beloved and respected leader in our state. People on all sides of politics respect him, love him and I know wish him well for this election. 


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Traditional Owners oppose UCG in Leigh Creek

Today the Australian Greens stand in solidarity with the Adnyamathanha Traditional Land Owners opposing in-situ gasification at the old Leigh Creek mine site.

“Leigh Creek Energy is trying to push ahead with a dangerous technology in a sacred Adnyamathanha cultural site with complete disregard for a unanimous no vote from the community,” South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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United Nations International Literacy Day

That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) 8 September is United Nations International Literacy Day,
(ii) literacy is integral to individual empowerment, civic and social development and global peace and harmony, and
(iii) in the international literacy decade, much work is still needed to realise the goal of increasing global literacy rates by 50 per cent by 2015;
(b) recognises that:
(i) one in five adults worldwide are not literate and  two-thirds of these are women,
(ii) 75 million children are not enrolled in school, and

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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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Greens call for action on Indigenous rights

“We need to make a new beginning in the struggle for justice and
rights for Indigenous Australians,” said Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens
Senate candidate for South Australia, today in Adelaide.

Ms Hanson-Young attended the rally on the steps of Parliament House
as part of today’s National Day of Action against the NT Intervention
legislation, calling for a fresh approach to tackling the issues of
justice and inequality for Indigenous Australians.

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