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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 29/10/2010 - National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy

Senator Hanson Young —There has been lots of discussion about the abuse of the My School website and whether it is helpful, who it is helpful for and what that kind of transparency means not just for parents and teachers in schools but also government, in making sure there is accountability across all of those different interest groups.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 29/10/2010 - National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy

Senator Hanson Young -You have talked about this as a complementary measure to the already existing NAPLAN tests and you are arguing that being able to put out all this information means more transparency and greater breadth of information. In your opening statement you made a comment around needing to use this for action. What do you mean by that?

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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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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 08/02/2010 - ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S PORTFOLIO - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Senator Hanson-Young -Thank you, Chair. I have only got a few questions but I think they are important. They are in relation to the cargo ship that is holding 240-odd asylum seekers who boarded in Merak and, specifically, what happened before the Indonesian government intercepted that particular boat. Have we got everybody at the table that we need to answer those questions?

Mr Carmody -Yes.

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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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FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 25/05/2010 - PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET PORTFOLIO - Australian National Audit Office

Senator Hanson-Young -I am not sure if I have got every body that is needed at the table, but let me know. My question relates to legal advice that was either sought, or perhaps not sought, in relation to the government's decision in early April to suspend asylum seeker applications from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. My question is: was legal advice sought?

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