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Where Does The Government Stand On Closing The Pay Gap

The Federal Government must make clear whether it is still committed to reducing the pay gap between men and women in Australia, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Status of Women, says the need to close the gap is real and urgent.

"The Greens are very concerned about today's reports on the Federal Government's move to back away from real action on tackling the pay disparity between men and women,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens Want Investigation of Anti-Discrimination Laws For LGBTI Australians

The Greens will move a motion in Federal Parliament seeking an investigation into the state of Australia's anti-discrimination laws, following concerns over the treatment of young LGBTI Australians, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Youth and Human Rights, says it is time to get serious about tackling discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender Australians.

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

Senator Hanson Young -I will go straight to the criticisms of the use of the NAPLAN test as a significant part of the information displayed and presented on the My School website which, overall, is giving a representation of a school's performance, whereas the NAPLAN test is a test that is assessing an individual student's performance.

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

Senator Hanson Young -Could we go back. I firstly want to pick up on something that Senator Marshall said in relation to the statically similar schools. Correct me if I am wrong, but is it not that there are wrong comparisons based on what is being used to compare schools-statistically similar schools?

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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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