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Greens welcome McKeon Review

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia, chaired by Simon McKeon.

“Health and medical research are key to the health of Australians and to our future prosperity,” said Senator Richard Di Natale, Greens health spokesperson.

“The recommendations in the McKeon Review all deserve serious consideration. Some reforms require urgent attention, like streamlining clinical trials, which is already a serious barrier to research today.”

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Medical researchers right on revamp: Greens

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt backed calls by health and medical researchers today to ‘boost research spending and revolutionise the way funds are allocated.’

“Science and research are the key to innovation and a strong, clean economy,” Mr Bandt said.

“Thousands of jobs in Melbourne depend on secure, long-term funding for science and research.”

“Science needs secure funding to protect jobs and set up Australia’s economy for when the mining boom is over.”

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Ferguson joins Baillieu in taking Victoria backwards: Greens

Victorian Greens Senator, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that Martin Ferguson had joined Ted Baillieu in a last century vision for Victoria.
Martin Ferguson has told an international coal symposium that large amounts of coal would soon be available for export in Victoria and that we could mine it like the Pilbara.
“Martin Ferguson is not talking about protecting jobs in an existing industry, he is talking about creating a brand new coal export industry in Victoria,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Australia must prepare for global health threat now: Greens

The Greens have responded to a global call to action on climate change and health from the international health community by again urging the government to create a Climate Change and Health Taskforce.

“The international health community has spoken as one to warn of the threat to health posed by climate change,” said Greens’ health spokesperson, Dr. Richard Di Natale.

Some of the most prominent health professionals and organisations in the world have met in Durban and issued a joint declaration that warns of the grave health consequences of climate change.

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New plan to rip up farm land for brown coal must be stopped

The proposal to explore 500 square kilometres of prime agricultural and forestry land in the Otways with a view to strip-mining is economic and environmental stupidity, Federal Greens Senator Richard Di Natale said today.

“The impact on the environment and on communities in the Otways would be devastating,” Senator Di Natale said.

“Every local enterprise, from tourism to farming, would be affected by a polluting brown coal mine that could end up stretching from Colac to Deans Marsh.

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