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National Day of Unity: Mothers shouldn’t have to fear divisive legislation

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has spoken at the National Day of Unity launch at Parliament House, calling on the community, the Government and the Opposition to build social cohesion to counter violent extremism, not drive fear with more divisive legislation.

"I know some of the mothers here today are fearing for their children. Right now. Let's resist that. Let's recognise that prevention is the way we build a unified and harmonious nation," Senator Di Natale said to the gathered faith and political leaders.

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Rosh Hashanah message from the Leader of the Australian Greens

On behalf of the Australian Greens, I extend best wishes to Australia’s Jewish community for a prosperous, healthy and safe new year.

The Australian Jewish community has always been an integral part of the fabric of Australia, helping to build a vibrant, tolerant and multicultural society.  I stand with you in working towards a world free of anti-Semitism so that we all can live in peace and harmony.

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Syrian air strikes: PM Abbott throws Australia onto the wrong side of history

The Australian Greens have condemned the Abbott Government's decision to commence airstrikes in Syria, warning it will worsen the refugee crisis and aggravate extremism.

"At a time when our community is desperate to show compassion to people fleeing war in Syria, Tony Abbott is dropping bombs," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"I'm so proud of the way Australians have told the government loud and clear that we are strong enough to offer protection to people seeking refuge from war.

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Greens call for emergency intake of 20,000 Syrian refugees

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale is calling on the Australian government to initiate an emergency intake of 20,000 refugees fleeing sectarian violence in Syria's ongoing civil war, where over 250,000 men, women and children have already died.

"Four million people are fleeing war in Syria. Two million of those are children. To welcome 20,000 of them into our community would be such an honourable and dignified response from Australia," Senator Di Natale said.

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Greens stand with Adam Goodes

Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale today expressed the Greens support for Adam Goodes.

“Adam Goodes is a formidable Australian, a champion sportsman and an inspiring advocate for a better and more equal Australia,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The racism and hostility he has faced for celebrating his culture is deeply disappointing. As a nation we should feel proud, not threatened, by the strong and enduring culture of First Australians.

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Flags and new titles don’t make us safer: Greens

Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today the radicalisation of young people is a serious issue, that requires a serious response – not grandstanding.

“The first duty of the Prime Minister is to keep people safe but standing in front of flags, handing out titles and appointing new bureaucrats doesn’t make us safer,” said Senator Di Natale.

“My concern is that the daily chest-thumping and grandstanding is making people more fearful and anxious about what is a very serious and challenging issue.

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Greens say Australia should take Rohingyan refugees

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says it's time for Australia to step up and help huge numbers of people fleeing persecution in our region.

"These people are in desperate need of help. They are refugees and they deserve a home in Australia," said Senator Di Natale.

"Instead of turning our backs and turning back the boats, we should welcome these people with open arms.

"They will make an enormous contribution to our nation, as have generations of refugees and other migrants before them.

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Greens statement on the Reclaim Australia rallies

Australian Greens spokesperson on multiculturalism, Dr Richard Di Natale, together with Victorian Greens spokesperson on multiculturalism, Nina Springle MLC, today condemned the Reclaim Australia rallies and reaffirmed the Greens support for a multicultural Australia.

“Multiculturalism is one of Australia’s enduring successes and it should be protected.”

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