Filter Articles

Speech: A modern and secular parliament

This country is changing, our community is changing and our parliament is changing. More than half of us were born overseas or have a parent born overseas and a quarter of us have a non-European background. Only 44 per cent now identify as Christian, and that number is falling. Other religions are growing, as is the number of Australians who don't have any religion, which is now almost 40 per cent. This parliament is more diverse than ever: more First Nations people, more people of colour and more women. Australia is changing.

Read more

RBA needs to hit pause on rate rises

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Nick McKim, has responded to the news of steep falls in house prices ahead of tomorrow’s RBA meeting.

“The RBA needs to hit pause."

“Inflation is being driven by supply side shocks and corporate profiteering.

“Jacking up interest rates will not fix these problems.

“The RBA needs to be honest about this with the Australian public.

“Monetary policy cannot curb inflation without punishing workers, renters and new homeowners, none of whom are the cause of the problem.

“They should not increase rates tomorrow.

Read more

The Greens respond to Albanese’s announcement at the Garma Festival

Following the Albanese Government's announcement at the Garma Festival, Greens First Nations spokesperson, Gunnai, Gunditjmara and DjabWurrung Senator Lidia Thorpe, has announced that she will seek discussions with the government about their proposal for a Voice, with the aim of seeing other areas critical to First Nations justice also progressed.

Quotes attributable to Senator Lidia Thorpe:

Read more

Corporations should be bracing for a Super Profits Tax

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Nick McKim, has responded to the Treasurer's Ministerial Statement on the Economy.

“The Treasurer has just told Australians to brace for higher unemployment and further real wage cuts because interest rates are going to go up.

“But the Treasurer said nothing about what big corporations should brace for.

“The share of national income going to corporate profits are at record highs, and the share of national income going to wages are at record lows.

“Corporate profiteering is fuelling inflation, not wages.

Read more

Greens welcome paid DV leave, call on Labor to act on housing

The Greens welcome the introduction of laws making 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave available to all employees, but have called on Labor to address other significant barriers for women and children escaping abusive relationships.

“The Greens have been calling for paid domestic and family violence leave for many years, echoing calls from the women’s safety sector and unions. We are pleased to see progress on this important issue,” says Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on women, Senator Larissa Waters.   

Read more

We know how to Close the Gap, say Greens. We’ve known for over 30 years.

New data from the Productivity Commission reveals that this country is still failing to hit more than two-thirds of the Closing the Gap targets. Suicide, adult incarceration, First Nations children in out of home care and developmental milestones are among the targets that are not on track.

“If the Albanese Government has any backbone, they will implement all of the recommendations from the Bringing them Home report and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.”

Read more