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Joyce relocating jobs to save his own

Greens New England candidate Mercurius Goldstein and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon say that the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to the Northern Tablelands smacks of pork barrelling three weeks before an election.

Mr Goldstein said: "It looks like Barnaby Joyce is relocating jobs to Armidale in an attempt to save his own.

"Mr Joyce should have waited for the results of a cost benefit analysis that we understand is required from the Prime Minister.

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Greens electric car plan – jobs boost for Riverina

The Greens Riverina candidate and Greens NSW Senator Lee said the Greens national electric car plan will bring great benefits to people in the Riverina, particularly in terms of local jobs growth.

Under the recently announced Greens plan to build pollution free transport future, New South Wales would have over nine thousand electric vehicles in the state by 2021. 

According to the Greens plan for electric vehicles, NSW would have 9, 269 electric vehicles and 100 charging stations. 

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Cowper - Greens Senate team joins local candidate on election campaign trail

The Greens NSW Senate team are spending the first week of the election campaign on the mid north coast working with Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Cowper.

Ms Vernon said “We will be talking to voters about the Greens plan to clean up politics, boost jobs on the mid north coast, expand renewable energy, start construction of High Speed Rail and back more funding for TAFE. 

“We have a jam packed program for our Senate team and we will be working from one end of the electorate to the other visiting all the main towns. 

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Greens call on Labor to back local steel procurement

Labor's steel plan announced by opposition leader Bill Shorten now falls short of what is needed to ensure the future of the steel manufacturing in Port Kembla (and also Whyalla in South Australia), the Greens said today.

"Mandated procurement on all government projects backed by stringent anti-dumping and quality control rules would provide a viable survival plan for the steel industry," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The people of the Illawarra should be informed on why Mr Shorten has reversed his support for such a policy as he announced last week.

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Greens welcome support for local steel procurement

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed opposition leader Bill Shorten's announcement backing  genuine local procurement strategies for the steel industry.

"Earlier this week the Greens called on Labor to back the growing campaign for local steel procurement so Mr Shorten's statement is welcome news," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Australian steel industry is on a knife edge. Supporting local procurement is a solid survival plan.

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Debate on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

Senator RHIANNON

I am pleased to resume my contribution to the debate on the Greens' Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014.

If passed, this bill would stop certain industries, often linked with having a corrupting influence on the political process, from donating to political parties. The Greens' donations reform bill bans political donations from developers and the tobacco, alcohol, gambling and mining industries.

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