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Greens propose work-around to provide HIV prevention drug

The Greens are calling on the Federal Government to support personal importation of an HIV 'wonder drug' that has just been denied listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, to protect those who are most at risk.

"We simply cannot leave Australians at unnecessary risk, when this drug gives us the chance to end HIV transmission in Australia," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale, a former public health specialist who has worked on HIV prevention in India.

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Greens pledge to protect 18C as many times as it takes

The Australian Greens say they will keep standing with the community to protect Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, in the face of revelations Prime Minister Turnbull promised yet another attempt at changing it to win his leadership coup over Tony Abbott.

"In his rush to become Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull sold out those who would face discrimination to secure power for himself. It's disgraceful," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Once again the far Right of the Liberal Party is leading Malcolm Turnbull, instead of the other way around.

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Legislate to protect dairy farmers: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling on the government to act to prevent retrospective price decreases in the dairy industry, while the ACCC investigates. The Greens outlined this proposal in a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Minister for Agriculture in June.

"Dairy farmers are hurting now and swift action is required from the government and ACCC," said Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader.

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Greens will introduce national Dying with Dignity laws

Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale has attended the unveiling of Andrew Denton's new organisation Go Gentle Australia, and has committed to introducing Australia's first ever national Dying with Dignity laws during the upcoming term of parliament.

"Dying with dignity is a social justice issue, it's a human rights issue, it's a public health issue and it should not be pushed to the political margins," Senator Di Natale said.

"I welcome Andrew Denton's campaign to bring the need for euthanasia reforms into the spotlight.

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Australian Greens reaffirm leadership team

All Australian Greens parliamentary leadership positions were today spilled and reaffirmed, following routine procedures after an election.

Senator Richard Di Natale continues as Leader of the Australian Greens. Senators Larissa Waters Scott Ludlam continue as the Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leaders. Senator Rachel Siewert remains the party's Whip and Adam Bandt MP has taken on the role of Party Room Chair. All positions were uncontested and supported by Party Room consensus.

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Greens call for Royal Commission to reach beyond Northern Territory

The Australian Greens have welcomed the dismissal of the Northern Territory's Corrections Minister and the decision to establish a Royal Commission in response to the Four Corners report into abuse in youth detention facilities.

"This Royal Commission needs wide terms of reference to determine the full extent of abuse both in the Northern Territory and elsewhere," said Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Australian Greens statement on Nice attack

Our thoughts are with the people of France after another shocking act of violence towards their peaceful country.

On behalf of the Australian Greens I extend our sincere condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and all those who will be forever changed by what they experienced today.

This horrendous crime occurs at a time when the world is still reeling from the senseless acts of violence in Istanbul and Dallas. In the face of attacks like this we must strengthen our commitment to peaceful democracy, respect for diversity and building cohesion in our global community.

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Labor's fiscal plan cuts clean energy & Medicare dental

With just four days left to vote, the Greens are calling on Bill Shorten not to cut Medicare-funded dental care and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

"Labor is walking away from two of the most significant achievements that the Greens helped negotiate during our time in multiparty government," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"10 weeks ago Bill Shorten was calling the Coalition's proposed changes to dental care a 'hoax' and 'the equivalent of cutting Medicare', but now Labor is joining with the Coalition to cut it.

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