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Government caving in to industry scare campaign, must act now to stop car pollution, say Greens

Under questioning by Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has today confirmed that the Turnbull Government is moving at a snail’s pace to curb car pollution, with a go-slow since July last year on the development of a draft model for light vehicle emission standards.

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Government and Labor team up to sell out the Murray River and Victorian river communities

“The government and Labor teaming up to cut 605 billion litres of water from the environment, sells out the Murray River and Victorian river communities,” says Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice.

The Greens moved yesterday to disallow the regulation that will see 605 billion litres cut from environmental flows. Labor joined with the Government to allow these cuts to go ahead.

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Government and Labor vote down Greens push to reduce truck pollution, greenhouse gases and fuel consumption

The Coalition and Labor have voted against a Greens amendment to a heavy vehicle regulation bill in the senate today that would have lead to reduced pollution, greenhouse gases and fuel consumption of  trucks.

“Australia is trailing the world when comes to reducing vehicle pollution. Almost 20% of Australia’s carbon pollution comes from transport and that percentage is rising rapidly,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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IDAHOBIT 2018 motion passes Senate

Janet Rice 10 May 2018

Senator RICE (Victoria) (11:55):  I, and on behalf of Senator Pratt, move:

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

            (i) 17 May 2018 is International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, lntersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), and

            (ii) IDAHOBIT is an opportunity to acknowledge the discrimination, exclusion and violence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people still face in Australia and overseas; and

(b) calls on all parliamentarians to:

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Greens say Turnbull’s high earner tax cuts are a handout to men, leaving women’s equality further behind

Janet Rice 9 May 2018

The Greens have used ATO income statistics to highlight that the Turnbull Government’s tax cuts for high income earners will disproportionately benefit men, and leave women in low- and middle-income jobs at a comparative disadvantage.

“We know that women are much more likely to be on a lower income and the Budget’s disproportionately higher tax handouts to high income earners shows just where this Government prioritises the equality of women,” said Senator Janet Rice, Greens spokesperson for women.

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