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Greens call for construction-led south-east stimulus package

Victoria, South Australia & NSW need an economic stimulus package to create jobs and transition to a clean economy, Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said today.

Mr Bandt today released ‘Saving south-east Australia', a fully-funded plan to build 77,500 new houses in south-eastern Australia, fast-track high-speed rail, provide tax relief to small business and manufacturing and boost research and innovation spending.

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Sydney rally calls for a FAIR DEAL or NO DEAL!

Lee Rhiannon 29 Nov 2013

A broad cross section from community groups, unions and environment organisations braved driving rain and wind at today's FAIR DEAL or NO DEAL! rally in Sydney's Martin place to raise serious concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the biggest trade deal in Australia's history being negotiated in secret with the US, and ten other countries.

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Quarantine foreign aid budget from razor gang cuts: Greens

Greens NSW Senator and overseas aid spokesperson Lee Rhiannon today called on the federal government to rule out any watering down of the Labor government's clear commitment to increase the aid budget.

"If the federal government drops the ball on its commitment to increase foreign aid it will be a setback for poverty alleviation programs and will go down as another Labor broken promise," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Cutting the aid program is small-minded and mean and would further damage Labor's public standing.

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Protecting citrus growers – and lovers of fresh oranges – from dumped fruit

The Australian Greens are today writing to Trade Minister Craig Emerson asking for an immediate investigation into whether oranges are being dumped into the Australian market at below cost, making it impossible for Australian growers to compete.

“Dumping is bad for growers, bad for jobs and bad for consumers in the long run, and Minister Emerson should immediately investigate if it is going on with $10 boxes of Egyptian oranges being sold in Sydney,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Estimates: Trade

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Estimates hearings, 16 February 2012

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • Mr Bruce Gosper, Deputy Secretary
  • Ms Jennifer Rawson, First Assistant Secretary, Pacific Division
  • Mr Angus Armour, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation 
  • Mr Jan Parsons, Director, Environmental and Technical Review, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation


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Question: Illegal Imports

Lee Rhiannon 12 Sep 2011

Question on Notice, Monday 12 September 2011

(Question No. 893)

Senator Rhiannon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 25 July 2011:

(1)   In regard to the illegal importation of dog and cat fur products, over the past 5 years how many reported incidents have there been and:

   (a)   what action has been taken to investigate these incidents;

   (b)   have there been any prosecutions; and

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