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Australia should push for global ban on wildlife trade

Greens Environment Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has re-iterated the Greens call for the Australian Government to push for a global ban on the trade of wildlife, after the Agriculture Minister’s comments today on wildlife wet markets.

Senator Hanson-Young said:

“The Agriculture Minister and the PM can wax lyrical about an investigation into wildlife wet markets all they like, but if wildlife continue to be traded for consumption and other purposes, a health risk will remain. 

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Australia needs environmental laws with teeth to tackle pollution crisis

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Friday, November 16, 2018

 

Australia needs environmental laws with teeth to tackle pollution crisis

 

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s nation-wide air pollution report today proves our national environmental laws do not go far enough to protect us from harmful pollution.

 

“Our environmental laws are not up to scratch. We need environmental laws with teeth and national standards that view every Australian as equal, no matter where they live,” Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 

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Greens congratulate medical professionals standing up for children in detention

The Australian Greens have congratulated doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals for taking a strong stand against children in detention today.

"I left medicine to go into politics for the exact same reason that these health workers are making a stand today: we've got to fix the factors that make people sick. By locking up innocent people, denying them decent medical care and stripping them of all hope we are actively creating harm," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Senate demands Morrison's visa ban advice

The Senate has supported a Greens' Order for Production of Documents, demanding that the Immigration Minister table any expert advice he received before announcing his blanket ban on West African refugees.

"This cruel, senseless ban is embarrassing Australia on a global scale and the Minister has to explain himself," the Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Parliament deserves to know what advice, if any, the Minister received before making this shameful announcement."

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Ban Junk Food Ads for Kids

The Greens will ban junk food advertising during children's television programming, on websites aimed at children, and via smart phones.

For years public health experts have been calling for a ban on junk food advertising to our kids. They have shown that junk food companies go out of their way to target our children because they know if they can hook them young, they will have a loyal customer for life.

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Refugee Independent Health Advisory Panel

The Greens plan for an expert panel to monitor the health of refugees in offshore detention.

Conditions in Australia’s offshore refugee camps are harsh and dangerously inadequate, with no safeguards or oversight for medical and mental health, and no transparency. The old parties are risking the health and wellbeing of thousands of refugees, including children, by dumping them in appalling conditions in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. A caring nation looks after people fleeing persecution and their physical and mental health.

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Greens announce policy for Refugee Health Panel

Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, joined Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, to announce that the Greens would establish an independent health oversight panel for refugees.

“The old parties are storming ahead with the race to refugee cruelty as they races to the polls, showing complete disregard for the physical and mental health of the people affected,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Refugees’ health; we should care

A Senate inquiry report has been released today in which the Greens recommend an independent panel be urgently created to oversee the physical and mental health of refugees in detention offshore.

“It was made clear during this inquiry that the Australian Government has been failing in its duty of care to the people we have locked up in detention centres offshore,” the Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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First, do no harm: Greens move to establish Expert Health Care Panel for refugees in offshore detention

The Australian Greens today announced that they will introduce a bill in the Senate to establish an independent panel of expert physicians to oversee the health and mental health of asylum seekers and refugees in indefinite offshore detention.

"The Expert Health Care Panel proposed by the Greens will add some humanity to an otherwise inhumane policy" said Greens' immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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