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Reversing community legal sector cuts welcome, but more funding required to meet need

Reversing community legal sector cuts welcome, but more funding required to meet need

Australian Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice today welcomed the Turnbull government’s backdown on community legal centre funding cuts.

“I’m pleased to see that Attorney-General George Brandis has reversed his planned cuts in response to community campaigns to save our local legal centres” Senator Rice said.

“These cuts would have ripped $2.9 million out of Victorian community legal centres and denied access to justice to thousands of our most vulnerable Victorians.”

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Roll Out the Barrel - Joyce’s Meddling Puts Australian Agriculture at Risk

The Australian Greens have today labelled Barnaby Joyce’s ill-advised move of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to his home electorate as pork-barrelling and are calling for the relocation to be immediately scrapped.

 

In the last 24 hours alone the move has prompted the resignation of the agency’s highly respected CEO as well as a Productivity Commission report slamming the proposal as costly and ineffective.

 

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Barnaby Joyce is talking through his hat on Heyfield mill crisis

Janet Rice 27 Mar 2017

The Greens have condemned the Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce’s blundering attempt to wade in to Victorian forest issues, saying these type of short-sighted policy ideas have led to the Heyfield mill crisis.

“Barnaby’s thought bubbles on the Heyfield mill are not helping workers who are facing unemployment or the threatened species facing extinction,” said Senator Janet Rice, Greens federal spokesperson for Forests.

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Senate calls for federal investment for people who ride bikes

The Senate has supported a Greens motion acknowledging the importance of bike riding for millions of Australians and calling on the federal government to invest in better cycling infrastructure.

“Australians deserve the freedom to ride safely whenever they want,” said the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“We’ve seen too many instances of people hit while riding, most of which could have been prevented with proper cycling infrastructure.”

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