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Greens in support of women on Nauru

Yesterday Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi joined the Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru to launch the Protection Denied, Abused Condoned: Women on Nauru at Risk report. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, ‘When we deny women on Nauru protection, we condone their abuse. It is actually very straightforward. 

‘The Greens want to see these detention centres, which continue to be destructive to so many people, closed down. 

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Labor’s aid commitment far too weak

Greens spokesperson for international aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“Labor’s plan to rebuild our devastated overseas aid budget is to reverse the latest Turnbull cut. That is their entire proposal.

“Today they are falling over themselves to confirm they will retain massive aid cuts under the Liberal National government, after Morrison accused them of having a budget ‘black hole’. 

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Treasurer cuts overseas aid, trashes own reputation

One of the most shameful parts of the 2016 budget are the cuts to overseas aid, Greens aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“This savage cut, which has driven down Australia’s overseas aid to its lowest level ever, is further proof that Treasurer Scott Morrison cannot be trusted,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“In his first speech in parliament Mr Morrison gave great emphasis to the value of overseas aid. He said 'the need (for aid) is not diminishing, nor can our support. It is the Australian thing to do.'"

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Budget callout on overseas aid – show some decency, reverse the cuts

On the eve of the 2016 budget the Greens have renewed their call for the Turnbull government to reverse the Abbott era cuts to overseas aid and to restore some common decency and humanity to our overseas aid commitment.

"The overseas aid cuts in the last budget were so extreme. They have brought hardship and possible death to many people in low income countries and they undermine Australia's international standing," Greens overseas aid and development spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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We need more than a Band-Aid approach to help Pacific neighbours with extreme weather

Responding to the devastation Cyclone Winston brought to Fiji, the Greens have called for more humanitarian assistance for Fiji, an overall increase in aid funding and programs to rapidly decrease greenhouse gas emissions. 

‘While the $5 million aid package for Fiji announced by the Turnbull government is a start the level of devastation warrants  an injection of more aid funds to assist with food packages and emergency supplies that are desperately need,’ Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Australia-Indonesia education partnership)

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you. I would like to move on to Indonesia. The web page for the Australia-Indonesia education partnership notes $524 million in funding for this program is under revision following consultation with partners. What is the status of these consultations and will funding for this program be reduced?

Mr Cox: Could you repeat the name of the program that you are referring to?

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Global Poverty Project)

Lee asks Mr Exell from the Development Policy Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to clarify the budget allocation for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for the current financial year and also 2016-17.

Senator RHIANNON: I want to move on to issues to do with the Global Poverty Project. Can you confirm that at least $15 million will be allocated to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for 2015-16?

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