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Greens urge Australian Government to intervene in case of Australian citizen detained in China

The Australian Greens condemn in the strongest terms the Chinese Government’s decision to formally indict Australian citizen Dr Yang Hengjun on espionage charges.

Leader of the Greens and foreign policy spokesperson Adam Bandt said the Australian Government had an important role to play in securing his freedom, and with charges now laid, the window of opportunity to get him free may be closing.

“The first duty of any government should be to keep its people safe, and while the government may be distracted, Dr Yang doesn’t have any time to spare,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens to flag West Papuan human rights abuses during Indonesian President’s visit

Greens Leader Adam Bandt will join former Greens Leader Richard Di Natale in wearing a West Papuan lapel flag during the address of Indonesian President Widodo to the Australian Parliament on Monday. West Papuan human rights advocate Ronny Kareni will also be a guest of Senator Di Natale at the address. Mr Kareni is a member of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and is a longstanding campaigner for West Papuan human rights.

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Meeting Paris targets won't protect us from catastrophic global warming: Greens

Greens spokesperson for the climate crisis, Adam Bandt MP, has warned that the United Nations Climate Summit has made it abundantly clear that even if global Paris pledges are met, it won’t be enough to avoid catastrophic global warming.

“This summit made it crystal clear that even if Australia meets its Paris commitments, that won’t be enough,” said Mr Bandt.

“The world’s Paris pledges, including Australia’s, have us on track for a catastrophic 3.4 degrees of global warming.

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Prime Minister's accounting tricks won't solve climate emergency: Greens

The Prime Minister is an enemy of the Pacific, said Australian Greens climate and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, ahead of the upcoming meeting of leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu.
 
“The Prime Minister feigns friendship, but his expansion of coal mining makes him the biggest enemy the Pacific has ever had,” said Mr Bandt.
 
“Pacific Island leaders are pleading with Australia to get out of coal, but the Prime Minister is giving them the middle finger. 
 

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Tony Abbott needs to tread carefully on Iraq: Bandt

Parliament must debate and approve any Australian involvement beyond the humanitarian efforts in Iraq, Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"The Greens support the humanitarian effort in Iraq, but we are very concerned the government has left the door open on troops."

"Tony Abbott shouldn't try and do a John Howard by slavishly following the United States into another folly in Iraq."

"Parliament is only two weeks away and any action by Tony Abbott in Iraq needs to be debated and approved."

 

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Tony Abbott’s Silence on Israel Deafening

Responding to the Israeli government's bombing of a school in Gaza described by the UN as 'criminal', Acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP, has urged Tony Abbott to do more to stop the conflict.

“Tony Abbott has condemned Hamas but has said virtually nothing about Israel’s third bombing of a school,” said Mr Bandt.

“Tony Abbott cannot stand idly by while the Israeli government bombs schools or while our ally, the US, re-arms the Israeli Defence Force.

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Abbott must pressure US to stop providing arms to Gaza conflict: Bandt

Responding to reports that the US has just approved the immediate transfer of grenades and mortar rounds to the Israeli armed forces, Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt says Tony Abbott should pressure the United States over its continued arming of the Israeli government during the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

"Australia cannot stand idly by while its ally arms one side of the conflict in Gaza," said Mr Bandt.

"Any further temporary ceasefire is threatened if the US simply uses the time to rearm the more powerful side of the conflict."

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Greens Move To Give Parliament Authority To Deploy Troops

Parliament would need to authorise Australia sending troops to war under the Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2010 , introduced into the House of Representatives today by Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP.

“If media reports are accurate, ISIS is now closer to Baghdad and already some commentators are calling for military intervention,” said Mr Bandt.

“The prospect of Australian troops being sent to Iraq is again being discussed but the Australian parliament remains powerless over troop deployments.

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