|Extracts from recent news releases
||[Nov. 17th, 2007|12:03 pm]
The Australian Greens
Highlights from the Greens National Campaign.|
Election Day is almost upon us. Despite the media's obsessions with Presidential-style campaigning, the far right's efforts to undermine us and the emergence of new micro parties trying to cash in on rising concerns about the environment, things are going well for us!
But there is still more we – and you – can do.
Can you help ensure our ads are more widely seen and heard? Just $50 can give us tens of thousands of 'eyeballs' online or get our radio ads played more. Please visit our online donation page and donate what you can afford.
We also need help with leaflets, staffing stalls, writing letters and generally get our message out there. And of course there is lots to do on Election Day itself. Please contact your state campaign office or register online.
ACT candidate Kerrie Tucker launched the Greens’ policy for a strong, independent Senate. With the Liberals under the spotlight for rorting the Regional Partnerships Program, the need to restore the Senate to its role as a strong, independent House of Review is crucial.
Kerry Nettle launched the Greens multicultural policy on the United Nation's International Day of Tolerance. "In little more than a decade the Howard government has undermined multiculturalism and divided Australia", Greens Senator Kerry Nettle said.
"An important first step is re-instating a Minister for Multiculturalism. Then we need substantial new investment in settlement services, language education and programmes to tackle racism. We also need to get rid of the divisive citizenship test."
Community Law and Legal Aid
The Greens have committed to a funding injection of $250 million per year for Legal Aid and Community Legal Centres to ensure that low income citizens are no longer shut out of the Australian justice system.
“It’s clear that the not-for-profit legal sector continues to be starved of funds by the Howard Government which results in only the wealthy being able to seek redress in our courts”, Senator Nettle said.
Banning alcohol advertising
Australia long ago banned tobacco advertising and sponsorship of sporting and cultural events. The Greens will apply the same restrictions to alcohol advertising. “Alcohol significantly contributes to assaults, accidents and suicides and the World Health Organisation considers that alcohol has a similar impact on human health to tobacco,” Greens lead Senate candidate for Victoria, Dr Richard Di Natale said.
Rudd and Howard's climate blind spot
Australia must tackle our dependency on coal for energy. Both the big old parties will only talk about climate change when they think they absolutely have to, and neither is willing to challenge coal’s position.
“Once again, we have been reminded today that Australia’s energy sector is the most greenhouse-polluting in the world, per capita, because it is the most coal-dependent energy sector in the world,” said Senator Milne.
The Greens Higher Education Policy recognises the urgent need to boost public investment in public universities, to support students and assist researchers to equip Australia to thrive in the 21st Century. Students have massive HECS debts, teaching staff are under stress and research talent has been driven overseas. The Greens policy will bring public expenditure on universities up into the top ten of OECD countries as a first step to restoring the sector to full health. Read more
Energy efficient commercial buildings
The Greens will drive the uptake of energy efficiency opportunities in commercial buildings, reducing energy bills and greenhouse emissions through a new policy that would use mandatory disclosure of building energy efficiency ratings to encourage the uptake of efficiency opportunities.
The Energy Efficiency Access and Savings Initiative 2 (EASI 2) complements EASI 1 , which would roll out energy efficiency upgrades for households, and the Greens policy for industrial energy efficiency. Together, these policies can achieve close to a third of the emissions reductions necessary to meet the Greens 2020 target.
Bob Brown got to put his views on the ‘Hack’ current affairs program. Hear it here.
Two Bob's worth tv ad
Bob Brown has a double starring role in the latest Greens' TV advert that explains the power of voting Green in the Senate.
Free to Air policy slot
If you have missed seeing our 3 minute policy announcement on ABC or SBS you can watch it here.
Balance of Power cartoon
An animation has also been produced that explains the role of the senate and the issue of balance of power.
The latest Roy Morgan poll shows the following support for the Greens in the Senate races on first preferences. In many states preference flow puts the Greens in with a chance of a Senate seat. (Quota required is 14.3% except in ACT where it is 33.3%)
ACT: Greens 20% (up 4.5%)
TAS: Greens 20.5% (up 3%)
SA: Greens 6% (down 1%)
WA: Greens 10.5% (up 1%)
QLD: Greens 6.5% (up 0.5%)
VIC: Greens 10.5% (unchanged)
NSW: Greens 8.5% (down 0.5%)
Saturday: Launch of our Indigenous affairs policy by Rachel Siewart and Scott Ludlam
Sunday: Bob Brown will be announcing our package of policies to address climate change
Monday: National day of Action in opposition to a nuclear waste dump in the NT
We’ll see you out there on the campaign trail!
Greens National Election Campaign Team
For more information, check out the Greens election site:
http://greens.org.au/intro/ & http://greens.org.au/Election
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