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Speech - The Attorney General's response to asylum seekers

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale) moved—That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Attorney-General (Senator Brandis) to a question without notice asked by Senator Di Natale today relating to the offshore processing of asylum seekers.

I rise to take note of an answer given to a question I asked of Senator Brandis, the Minister representing the Prime Minister. It relates to the great tragedy that is our offshore detention centre network, and the deaths that are occurring in those prison camps offshore.

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Motion in support of Hospitals Fundion

That the Senate— (a) notes that the ongoing uncertainty around hospital funding continues to threaten Australia's health system, putting patients at risk; and

(b) calls on the Government to restore fair and equitable funding for hospitals by reinstating the hospital funding model developed by former Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd, in which the Commonwealth and states share the costs of delivering hospital services, and abolished by then Prime Minister, Mr Abbott, in the 2014 Budget.

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Question – Self harm of asylum seekers

Richard Di Natale

My question is to the minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Brandis, and relates to offshore processing. I refer to Omid, the case of the young man who self-immolated on Nauru and later died in a Brisbane hospital who was denied adequate medical care, including immediate access to health professionals to adequate pain relief. It is a case that mirrors the tragic situation of Hamid Khazaei on Manus Island, who died after a simple cut on his leg became infected. There were extensive delays in receiving adequate medical treatment.

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Liberals set to deliver ‘Budget for the billionaires’

Adam Bandt 2 May 2016

The Australian Greens say the Liberals are set to deliver a Budget that will grow inequality by
including company tax cuts and income tax cuts for above average income earners.

"This Budget, like this Prime Minister, is shaping up to be a huge disappointment," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Malcolm Turnbull came in and said everything was on the table, but now he and his Treasurer are serving up the same tired old dishes as Tony Abbott.

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Greens promote clean and sustainable industry for regional Australia

The Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale visited Byron Bay today to promote investment in clean and sustainable industry for regional Australia.

Senator Di Natale, alongside Australian Greens Candidate for Richmond Dawn Walker, met with local business Enova Energy, Australia’s first community owned renewable energy retailing and installation business.

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Greens announce 7-point plan to revitalise reef and economy as coal industry collapses

The  Greens say Australia should be planning for a future without coal, not a future without our spectacular Great Barrier Reef, announcing a package of measures to revitalise both the reef and the national economy as the coal industry declines.

"Governments need to intervene here - not to prop up the dying coal industry, but to help coal workers get out and to protect the thousands of jobs that rely on the health of Australia's stunning natural assets," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, visiting Cairns and Lizard Island today.

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Liberals' dental shocker undermines universal care

The Greens have rejected the Liberals' pre-election promise to change Australia's publicly funded dental care program, warning it will limit patient access.

"This plan is a shocker. If it's allowed to go ahead it will totally undermine the push for universal Medicare funded access to dental care," said Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

"80 per cent of dental clinics will be off-limits to patients using this program, which relies only on dental systems run by the states.

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