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Boost for tourism in the home of the Leadbeater’s Possum

Boost for tourism in the home of the Leadbeater’s Possum

The Greens have pledged $3 million of federal funds to invest in the tourism potential of Victoria’s Central Highlands region and its precious forests.

“The Greens’ vision is to invest in tourism attractions and services that showcase the incredible natural environment of the region,” said Victorian Senator and leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Surging demand for domestic violence legal services: Turnbull must reverse Abbott-era cut, boost funding by $200 million

Richard Di Natale 31 Mar 2016

With a report released today showing increased demand for domestic violence legal services in Queensland, the Greens are calling on the Turnbull Government to reverse its funding cut to community legal centres and boost long term funding.

At the Women's Legal Service in Brisbane today, Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said Tony Abbott's 30 per cent cut to community legal centres due in 2017, must be abandoned in the May federal budget.

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A good idea but chronically underfunded

Australian Greens Leader and former public health doctor, Senator Richard Di Natale, today said the government’s new chronic illness package has acknowledged the right problem but allocated the wrong resourcing.

“Improving coordinated care for people with chronic illness is sorely needed but the government’s proposed trial is light on detail and funding,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Based on the Minister’s comments this morning, a funding commitment equal to $340 per patient appears to be woefully inadequate.

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Turnbull puts education in too-hard basket, with health

The Australian Greens say Prime Minister Turnbull has now put public school funding in the too-hard-basket, along with health

"Instead of having the courage to raise the revenue we need to pay for quality schools and hospitals, the Liberals are handing all their responsibilities over to the states," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"The suggestion that the federal government may not provide any funding for public schools is an extraordinary abandonment of one of the government's key responsibilities.

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Greens announce health funding proposal

Australian Greens Leader and public health specialist, Dr Richard Di Natale, has today announced the Greens plan to phase out the private health insurance rebate and reinvest the savings in the public health system, including reinstating hospital funding now and for the long-term.

“It’s never easy to talk about withdrawing subsidies in an election year,” said Senator Di Natale. “But the Greens have the courage to call the private health insurance rebate what it is – unfair, inflationary and inefficient.

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Income tax proposal a cop out

The Liberals are proving they're not up to the task of tax reform, again dumping their budget problems on state and territory governments, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Turnbull Government doesn't have the ticker to take on any difficult areas of reform so it's looking for an easy way out," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Instead of having the courage to take on unfair tax breaks like negative gearing, capital gains tax and fossil fuel subsidies, the PM is surrendering on real reform.

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CEIF: Turnbull’s climate con

The Australian Greens have criticised Malcolm Turnbull's new Clean Energy Innovation Fund for trying to make a cut in clean energy funding look like an investment.

"This is a clean energy con job dressed up as innovation " said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Tony Abbott is not the benchmark of good climate policy and in a climate emergency, this should not be the best Malcolm Turnbull can do to transform our economy.

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Greens statement on bombings in Brussels

On behalf of the Australian Greens I wish to extend my most heartfelt condolences to the people of Brussels, particularly those who have lost loved ones in this awful, senseless attack.

We must all join in condemning such violent and criminal acts and must not allow fear to divide our community. 

At a time when peace and security are under threat around the world, we must come together, to ensure that the perpetrators of these terrible acts are brought to justice.

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Turnbull desperate to distract from chaotic and divided government

The Australian Greens say Malcolm Turnbull is using the ABCC as an excuse to dissolve Parliament and distract from his divided government.

“In my short time in parliament I’ve seen a political system rife with chaos and division, with 5 Prime Ministers in 5 years. Malcolm Turnbull promised an end to that but he is actually presiding over an even more chaotic and divided government than his predecessor,” said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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