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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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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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This is why we need dying with dignity reform

Cancer sufferer and voluntary euthanasia campaigner, Max Bromson has taken his own life this week. According to reports his family and friends have had their phones and laptops confiscated while there is an investigation into whether they assisted in his suicide.

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that the legal limbo confronting Max’s family is a good example of why we need national dying with dignity laws.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of Max Bromson,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Greens lay out alternative vision to the Commission of Audit

Today the Australian Greens have released an alternative vision for the budget to the cruel cuts recommended by the Commission of Audit.

“We need to have a debate about the challenges in Australia’s future but instead the Commission of Audit was a piece of political theatre where ideology trumped facts,” said Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit.

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Inquiry into Commission of Audit heads to WA

Scott Ludlam 27 Mar 2014

Australian Greens Senator and Chair of the Senate Inquiry into the Commission of Audit, Dr Richard Di Natale, announced today that his Senate Committee will hold a hearing in Perth next Tuesday.

“Forget budgie smugglers, Mr Abbott is starting to look like a budget smuggler,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The Commission of Audit’s first report must contain some explosive recommendations for brutal cuts in the budget. Why else would Tony Abbott be so determined to keep West Australians in the dark before they vote?

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Senate demands end to audit secrecy

The Senate today passed Greens motion to force the Abbott Government to publicly release any reports received from the National Commission of Audit. Australian Greens Senator and Chair of the Select Committee into the Commission of Audit, Dr Richard Di Natale, said that the public deserved to know what’s in the report.

“The Senate today supported a Greens motion that will lift the veil of secrecy from the National Commission of Audit,” said Senator Di Natale, who moved the motion.

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