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Greens Announce Plan for Peace, Demilitarisation and Rejection of AUKUS Submarine Deal.

The Greens have today announced that in the balance of power after the next election, they will push to boldly reform our defence force to ensure a peace-focused approach is prioritised.

This announcement coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the beginning of the invasion of Afghanistan, Operational Detachment A574, on 19th October 2001.

Quotes attributable to Australian Greens Peace Spokesperson, Senator Jordon Steele-John:

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Plan to Tackle Housing Crisis in Regional WA.

Australian Greens Announce Plan to Tackle Housing Crisis in Regional WA.

The Australian Greens have announced that in the balance of power after the next election, they will push a plan to build one million, publicly owned, affordable fully-accessible homes across Australia, with 25,000 across Regional WA. 

The Greens' push for secure housing comes as property prices surge to record highs, and a generation has been locked out of homeownership.

Greens Senator for Western Australia, Jordon Steele-John:

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Free and unlimited mental health in Medicare

Adam Bandt 20 Sep 2021

The Greens have today announced that in balance of power after the next election, they will push to
tackle the growing mental health crisis in Australia by making mental healthcare free and unlimited for
everyone who needs it as part of Medicare.

The plan, which will create universal, unlimited and available mental healthcare through Medicare, will
be funded by taxing billionaires and big corporations making big profits.

Our plan will ensure everyone can access mental healthcare, when they need it, not when they can
afford it.

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Bandt announces new parliamentary line-up to kick the Libs out and negotiate shared power

Adam Bandt 15 Sep 2021

With the confirmation of new Senator for Western Australia Dorinda Cox today, Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, has put the Greens on election footing with a reshuffle of the Greens’ ‘shadow Ministerial’ portfolios that prioritises the party’s key campaign areas and sets the party up for ‘balance of power’ negotiations in the likely event of a minority Parliament. 

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Parliament must vote to deploy ADF troops overseas

New polling released today shows 87% of Australians are supportive of The Greens’ calls to change how Australia goes to war. 

The poll of 1500 people, commissioned by Mike Smith, a journalist, former Howard Government adviser, and supporter of Australians For War Powers Reform, found that support for war powers reform has jumped 4% in less than a year. 

Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, Peace Spokesperson said:

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A Bill to increase ADF transparency and ensure a vote of Parliament before ADF deployment

Greens bring on a bill to increase ADF transparency, scrutiny, and ensure a vote of both houses of parliament would be needed for the ADF to engage in any future wars.   

The Australian Greens War Powers Reform Bill will be before the Senate on Monday. This bill would mean that to deploy the ADF overseas there would need to be a vote of both houses of Parliament.

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Royal Commission Confidentiality & Whistleblower Protections Pass the Senate

The Greens and the disability community have achieved another huge win!

After years of raising the alarm that the confidentiality provisions in the Disability Royal Commission are insufficient, the disability community, alongside Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, have locked in amendments that will allow those with confidential information to come forward to the Disability Royal Commission with trust.

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Australia must respond to Afghanistan crisis

The Australian Government should provide immediate assistance to Afghan people both on the ground in Afghanistan and by providing protection here in Australia.

“Australia should immediately offer permanent protection visas for up to 20,000 people from Afghanistan who are at risk of persecution from the Taliban,” Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

“The Canadian government has recently announced that it will do this, and we should follow suit.”

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We will keep up the pressure; disability community responds to Independent Assessments Win

Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John said that the outcome of today’s meeting of State and Territory Disability Ministers demonstrates the power of the disability community to join together to stop the Liberals attempts to undermine our NDIS. 

“This week has been huge, as a community we’ve shown how powerful we are - thousands of members of our disability community have contacted their local Disability Minister with a clear message - the community says no to Independent Assessments and the Liberal’s proposed changes to undermine our NDIS.”

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