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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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Desperate Turnbull launches Brexit fear campaign

"The Australian Greens respect the vote of the British people today but we share in the disappointment of our UK Greens colleagues who campaigned strongly for the UK to remain in the EU," said Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"The result highlights the need to bring people together if we want to be an outward focussed and confident nation that works for the common good.

"Instead the Prime Minister is launching another scare campaign to further lower the tone of an election campaign that is near rock bottom.

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Greens join international calls for West Papuan self-determination

The Australian Greens are joining parliamentarians around the world in advocating for the right of the West Papuan people to determine their own political future.

"On the eve of our own election being called, how can we stand by and watch democracy fail so spectacularly for one of our close neighbours?" asked Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, who in 2012 launched Australia's chapter of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua.

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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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West Papua

Senator DI NATALE

I ask that general business notice of motion No. 960 standing in my name for today relating to West Papua be taken as a formal motion.

The PRESIDENT

Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal? Formality has been denied.

Senator DI NATALE

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT

Leave is granted for one minute.

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Marking the 54th Anniverary of the raising of the Morning Star flag

The Australian Greens have moved a Senate motion marking the 54th Anniverary of the raising of the Morning Star flag - a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan Independence. 

Motion Text:

960:  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move-That the Senate-

(a) notes that 1 December 2015 marks the 54th anniversary of the raising of the Morning Star flag by the people of West Papua, a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan independence;

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Statement on the tragic events in Paris

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale has this morning expressed his deepest sympathies for the people of Paris.

"On behalf of the Australian Greens, our thoughts are with the people of Paris who have lost loved ones in this horrendous and senseless violence," said Senator Di Natale.

"It now appears that these coordinated attacks were a brutal act of terrorism and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

"Australia should do whatever it can to assist France in this time of tragedy and heartbreak."

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Syrian air strikes: PM Abbott throws Australia onto the wrong side of history

The Australian Greens have condemned the Abbott Government's decision to commence airstrikes in Syria, warning it will worsen the refugee crisis and aggravate extremism.

"At a time when our community is desperate to show compassion to people fleeing war in Syria, Tony Abbott is dropping bombs," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"I'm so proud of the way Australians have told the government loud and clear that we are strong enough to offer protection to people seeking refuge from war.

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