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Greens back pay day loan bill, urge greater consumer protection


The Australian Greens have today welcomed the introduction of the government's Consumer Credit And Corporations Legislation Amendment (Enhancements) Bill 2011 and urged the government to stand firm against complaints from the loans industry.


"The bill today is a positive step toward tackling what's becoming an increasing problem among Australian households, particularly women on low-incomes," Greens' consumer affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.


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Greens welcome passport breakthrough for sex and gender diverse Australians

The Government should be congratulated for easing restrictions on sex and gender diverse Australians from being issued with a passport that reflects their identity, say the Australian Greens.

"This is a really positive breakthrough for sex and gender diverse Australians," Greens' LGBTI spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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South Australian National Football League

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (11:57): I, and also on behalf of Senators Wright, McEwen, Birmingham and Xenophon, move:
That the Senate-
(a) notes:
(i) the future of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is in doubt, and
(ii) the South Australian Football Association was established in 1877 (later to become the SANFL) making it the oldest football league of any code in Australia and one of the oldest sporting codes in the world;
(b) recognises the coverage:

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Greens win reforms for youth allowance recipients in regional Australia


The Australian Greens have welcomed changes to the youth allowance scheme, saying they will now lead to all students in regional areas being on an equal footing with one another.


"These reforms, which follow a review negotiated by the Greens, have removed the discrimination faced by students living in parts of the country who needed the independent rate of youth allowance for their studies," Greens' spokesperson for youth affairs, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.


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Schools finally given choice with revamped chaplains programme

The federal government has at last let schools decide who they want to counsel their students, and ensure they have appropriate training, the Australian Greens said today.

"We welcome this announcement after taking this much-needed expansion to the 2010 election," Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens' spokesperson for youth affairs, said.

"The Greens have been saying for years a major problem with the programme was it forced schools into getting only a chaplain, rather than someone with basic qualifications.

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Greens welcome govt’s support for Libyan students


The Australian Greens have today welcomed the federal government's financial assistance to Libyan students and their dependents who are undertaking courses in Australia.


"We are very pleased the Commonwealth has moved to help end the financial limbo faced by 650 students and their dependents following international sanctions against Libya," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.


"The money is timely and will go a long way to easing the anxiety these future leaders of Libya and their families are experiencing.


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Parenting by numbers

Ducking into my local supermarket on Saturday five minutes before closing time, I was reminded by my four-year-old just how mutual our teaching of each other is.

In the doorway was a woman trying her best to keep it together and stay rational while her toddler screamed and kicked at her feet.  As we hurried past, Miss Four said loudly: "That's naughty isn't it mum? He's a naughty boy."

I didn't know who was more embarrassed - me or the poor mother trying to negotiate with her three-foot monster.

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Greens secure grants for child care centres to help lift standards

The Australian Greens have secured $5m from the Federal Government to help around 1,000 of the most disadvantaged child care centres around the country transition to the incoming National Quality Framework.

"As this framework will inevitably lead to increased costs as centres upgrade their standards, the deal ensures that particular families will not miss out," Greens' early childhood education and care spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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