The 2013 Labor Budget will do little to ease the stress on country South Australians, say Australian Greens Senators Sarah Hanson Young and Penny Wright.
The Liberal Party must commit to a conscience vote on marriage equality as part of a strategy to eliminate homophobia, says Greens Gender & Sexuality spokesperson Tammy Franks. Today (Friday) is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) and Ms Franks says it is time for both major parties to support a conscience vote on the Greens’ Marriage Equality Bill.
The SA Legislative Council this evening voted to pass the Greens’ Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Protection for Firefighters) Amendment Bill – a Bill to provide cancer compensation to both paid and volunteer firefighters. Greens’ Emergency Services and Volunteers spokesperson Tammy Franks said she was pleased with the outcome.
The Australian Greens have secured a Senate inquiry into NAPLAN testing to examine widespread concern the tests are having unintended consequences on teaching and student learning.
Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright, said marketers were seizing on the stress created by high-stakes testing.
The Australian Greens have today paid tribute to Mayor Joy Baluch, a courageous advocate for the Port Augusta community.
"I met Joy on a trip to Port Augusta last year to see first-hand the strong community campaign for renewable energy," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.
An important Greens’ bill to protect firefighters should they contract cancer in the course of their work will come to a vote tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Upper House. Greens’ Emergency Services and Volunteers spokesperson Tammy Franks says she is confident that the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Protection for Firefighters) Amendment Bill has widespread support.
Students at Adelaide University will walk out of class at noon today as part of a nationwide protest against tertiary funding cuts. Greens’ education spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, will join students at the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) rally, to be held at the Ligertwood Plaza at noon.
NAPLAN testing must be reviewed and improved in light of increasing concerns from parents and teachers that misuse of test results is distracting from student learning, says Australian Greens spokesperson on Schools Senator Penny Wright.
Tomorrow (May 10, 2013) marks the 41st anniversary of Adelaide University law lecturer Dr George Duncan’s death – an important moment to reflect on the work that still needs to be done to overcome homophobia and ongoing discrimination towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) South Australians, says Greens’ Gender and Sexuality spokesperson Tammy Franks.