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Nick McKim announced as the new Greens Senator for Tasmania

Christine Milne 30 Jul 2015

The Australian Greens are pleased to announce that former Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim has been elected by a ballot of members to become the next Greens Senator for Tasmania. Mr McKim will fill a casual vacancy in the Senate, created by the resignation of Christine Milne.

“I want to thank the Tasmanian Greens members for giving me this honour and I will do everything I can to repay the faith they have put in me,” McKim said. “Replacing someone of Christine’s calibre will be a huge challenge, but one that I’m really looking forward to.”

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Citizenship too important for an Abbott captain's call

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale expressed grave concerns today about the Abbott government's moves to revoke Australian citizenship.

"Australians can't afford a captain's call from Tony Abbott on citizenship. There has to be a debate about this," said Senator Di Natale.

"A strong leader understands that the job of the government is to protect the community, not threaten and frighten people.

"Tony Abbott must listen to more sensible voices within his Cabinet and recognise his approach frightens the community and does not make us safer.

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10 facts about Richard Di Natale

 

1. He's a doctor

Richard worked as a GP all over the country, from Geelong to Tennant Creek where he worked in an Aboriginal health service. Richard's work in public health also took him to India where he worked to combat the spread of HIV.

 

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Abbott Budget hurt Australia’s youth: Senate Committee

The Senate Select Committee on the Abbott Government’s Budget Cuts today released a report into the impact of the budget on young people. Chair of the committee, Senator Richard Di Natale said that young Australians were some of the hardest hit by the budget.

“From the cuts to school funding and youth services to the proposed changes to higher education, Newstart and Medicare, this budget squeezes young people from all sides,” said Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens spokesperson on youth.

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Don’t let the LNP turn our Sunshine State into the casino and coal state

Instead of Campbell Newman’s destructive coal and casino obsession, the Greens have a positive vision for Queensland’s economy.

“Queensland already has more casinos than any other state, but Campbell Newman is allowing another three, bringing the total to seven,” Australian Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters, said.

“Casinos and coal mines are not an economic strategy - they are a recipe for more problem gambling and climate change. 

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Statement on tragic death of Phillip Hughes

Christine Milne 27 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens express profound sadness at the tragic death of the outstanding young cricketer Phillip Hughes.

We send our love and support to his family, friends, teammates and the entire cricket community.

Cricket is a much moved national sport for both players and spectators. It brings us so much joy. But today this tragic event brings us an overwhelming feeling of sadness and a coming together to pay tribute to a wonderful young Australian.

- Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and sports spokesperson Senator Richard di Natale

 

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