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Crossbench comes together to call for review of Parliament House culture

Adam Bandt 17 Feb 2021

Every member of the Lower House Crossbench has come together to demand an urgent review of workplace procedures at Australian Parliament House, following the latest harrowing allegations of serious sexual assault. 

The letter, co-signed this morning by Adam Bandt, Dr Helen Haines, Bob Katter, Rebekha Sharkie, Zali Steggall, and Andrew Wilkie, commends women for coming forward with their allegations of abuse, noting the culture of secrecy and cover up that pervades the building.

 

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BOOT backdown no distraction, IR laws are extreme attack on job security

Australian Greens Leader and former industrial relations lawyer, Adam Bandt, has outlined how the radical overhaul at the heart of the IR omnibus bill will entrench insecure work. Bandt says the controversy over the terrible ‘Better Off Overall Test’ change has unfortunately distracted from the extreme nature of other reforms in the bill.
 
“This bill will redefine the Australian labour market,” said Dr Bandt.

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Parliament culture won't change without independent inquiry

Adam Bandt 16 Feb 2021

The Australian Greens have slammed the Prime Minister’s continued failures to address a toxic parliamentary culture today, calling for an independent inquiry into the failures in responding to Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape.

Greens Leader Adam Bandt also said that it was an issue with men’s behaviour that men needed to solve, and that the PM’s own words underscored his lack of understanding of the problem at hand.

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP said:

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South Africa's AstraZeneca suspension underlines urgency of local vaccine manufacture

The Greens say the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine roll-out in South Africa shows the need for the government to establish a publicly-owned mRNA vaccine manufacturer in Australia.

Australia needs to be nimble and able to quickly adapt vaccines to ever-mutating strains of COVID, which would only be possible with a local, publicly owned facility that puts health, not profits, first.

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said:

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McCormack's climate wrecking threatens Australia's children and agriculture

Responding to the Deputy Prime Minister’s statement about the climate crisis that "We are not worried, or I’m certainly not worried, about what might happen in 30 years’ time”, Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said today that the Deputy Prime Minister’s recklessness is a threat to the lives of Australia’s children. Mr Bandt also warned that his attempts to roadblock action to reduce emissions would also hurt regional Australia.

“Michael McCormack is putting coal corporations ahead of farmers and threatening the lives of Australia’s children,” Mr Bandt said.

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EV strategy runs flat

Today’s release of the Future Fuels Strategy Discussion Paper confirms that the government has no plan whatsoever to drive the uptake of electric vehicles or reduce our growing transport pollution.

Greens Leader Adam Bandt and Greens EV Spokesperson, Janet Rice attacked the so-called ‘plan’ as a road to ruin which would hold Australia back as the rest of the world races ahead. 

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said:

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Publicly owned mRNA vaccine manufacturer needed

Adam Bandt 4 Feb 2021

The Greens have called for the government to establish a publicly-owned mRNA vaccine manufacturer in Australia, so that Australia can be guaranteed it will receive enough of the mRNA vaccines that are proving to be more effective and more adaptable as the virus mutates. 

Adam Bandt MP has commended scientists and health experts who have joined the Greens call for Australia to build its own domestic mRNA vaccine manufacturing capacity.

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said:

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Liberal and Labor's Net Zero by 2050 is not enough to stop the climate emergency

The Australian Greens say that the recent Climate Targets Panel report shows talk of ‘net zero by 2050’ is grossly insufficient to arrest the climate emergency, demanding the government adopts strong targets ahead of an upcoming climate summit, hosted by Joe Biden on April 22.

Adam Bandt MP says that given climate scientists are stressing the importance of 2030 targets, any attempt to move climate off the agenda for decades amounts to ‘bipartisan climate denial’.

“Delay is the new denial,” Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said.

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