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Victorians issued over 33,000 robo-debt notices in less than a year

A breakdown provided by the Department of Human Services to the Centrelink senate inquiry shows that over 33,000 Victorians have been issued with a Centrelink robo-debt between 1 July 2016 and 28 February 2017.

 

“In less than a year we have 33,000 Victorians sent letters for alleged debts that may or may not exist. This sort of approach is unfair and fundamentally flawed and targets people who are already struggling to get by,” Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice said today.

 

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Private toll roads to be scrutinised after Greens secure Senate inquiry

Private toll roads to be scrutinised after Greens secure Senate inquiry

15 June 2017

The financial arrangements and transparency of the operations of private toll roads around the country are set to be put under the spotlight after The Greens secured a Senate Inquiry into toll roads today.

Senator Janet Rice, Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson, noted that governments around the country are refusing to provide proper transparency and accountability of their dealings and contracts with private toll road operators .

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Electric vehicle targets lagging under Turnbull Government, Greens call for action

Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens spokesperson for transport, has called on the government to do more to increase the uptake of electric vehicles following the release of the Climateworks report into electric vehicle ownership.

“This report shows just how far Australia is falling behind on electric vehicle ownership, with electric vehicles making up only 0.1% of the new car sales market,” said Senator Rice.

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Greens condemn Government failure to meet its own deadline for sex and gender inclusion on documents

Janet Rice 30 May 2017

The Department of the Attorney General has revealed in Senate Estimate that they do not know whether Departments have implemented guidelines on the recognition of sex and gender which were introduced in 2013 and which should have been rolled out by 2016.

Questioned by Senator Janet Rice, Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson, the Department admitted that ten months after the guidelines should have been implemented, they didn’t know whether the Department of Human Services’ failure to do so was an isolated incident, or indicative of more widespread lack of compliance.

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Greens celebrate community win, protecting local beach and birdlife

Responding to a recent ban on racehorse training on Killarney Beach near Warrnambool, Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice today congratulated the Belfast Coastal Reserve Action Group for their successful community campaign.

 

“The local residents of the Belfast Coastal Reserve Action Group have been working incredibly hard to protect the fragile habitat of local migratory birds and this ban has been a great win for the community,” said Senator Rice.

 

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