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Opening of the 45th Parliament

I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land that we are meeting on, the Ngunawal people, and I want to pay my respects to their elders past and present. I want to acknowledge that their land was stolen and never ceded, and I look forward to a respectful dialogue in the 45th Parliament to achieve a just settlement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country.

Our Constitution says:

… the Senate shall have equal power with the House of Representatives in respect of all proposed laws.

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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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Question without notice: The Budget

Senator DI NATALE

My question is to the minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Brandis. Last night, the budget did not mention global warming once, not a peep. The Treasurer's speech completely ignored it. The budget papers ignored it. There was not a peep about the tens of thousands of jobs that come with the transition to a clean economy; not a peep about the tens of thousands of jobs that rely on a healthy Great Barrier Reef.

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Time to clean up politics

The Australian Greens are today calling on the Labor, Liberal and National parties to work with them to clean up politics. 

“Today I’m calling on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to commit to not accepting donations from fossil fuel companies during this election campaign,” said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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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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Renewable Energy

Senator DI NATALE

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) clean energy is the key to Australia's future prosperity and supports the jobs, investment and technological innovation that is created in Australia through clean energy technologies,

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