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Statement on the Australian Greens MPs Party Room Meeting

Statement from Australian Greens Whip Sen. Rachel Siewert:

Today the Australian Greens Party Room met and re-affirmed the positions of our leadership team.

Following a customary spill of the leadership positions, the roles of Leader, Co-Deputy Leader and Whip have all been returned without challenge. The rotating position of Party Room Chair has moved from Adam Bandt MP to Sen. Janet Rice.

The leadership roles for the 46th Parliament are as follows:

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Bandt challenges Labor on preference deals

Adam Bandt 21 Feb 2018

Bandt challenges Labor on preference deals.

Greens MP Adam Bandt today challenged Labor to come clean about reports of preference negotiations and deals in Batman with Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives. 

“Cory Bernardi has said he aims to preference Labor in Batman ‘subject to negotiations’,” said Mr Bandt.

“Labor did a deal with the Liberals last election to get preferences in Batman and it looks like they might do it again with Cory Bernardi.

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Abbott should reshuffle Cabinet and change Budget direction: Bandt

Tony Abbott should respond to his Treasurer's and Ministers' recent comments by rearranging his front bench and using the opportunity to ditch unfair Budget measures, said Acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt.

"Tony Abbott's senior Ministers have broken the golden rule of Liberal party politics. They've stopped spouting three word slogans and told us what they really think, exposing that they don't share modern Australian values," said Mr Bandt.

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Hockey needs to be subbed off: Bandt

Tony Abbott needs to sub Joe Hockey off the field if he wants to make any headway with his Budget, Acting Greens Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"On same day that the Commonwealth Bank announces record profits, we see that wages growth is the lowest in 17 years and real wages are going backwards. Meanwhile Joe Hockey says the poor don't drive but the big banks should be let off the hook."

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Tony Abbott must dump Maurice Newman: Bandt

Maurice Newman's latest comments on climate change are almost deranged and an embarrassment to the government, leaving Tony Abbott no choice but to dump him as head of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council, Acting Greens Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"Maurice Newman's latest statements are channelling the flat earth commentary of a lunatic fringe," Mr Bandt said.

"They are almost deranged and an embarrassment to the government. Tony Abbott needs to repudiate these views and dump Mr Newman from his business advisory council.

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Really? A man has been killed and we are talking about Senator Conroy?: Bandt

Adam Bandt 26 Feb 2014

Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt MP, has criticised the House of Representatives for wasting time with a politicised debate about Senator Conroy instead of focussing on a far more pressing issue, the death of refugee Reza Berati on Manus Island.

"Parliament has yet again missed the point," said Mr Bandt.

"A man has been killed while in our care. We should be debating why this happened and how we can stop it happening again, not wasting time in another Liberal/Labor tit-for-tat."

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Final Melbourne Greens vote sets record: Bandt

Adam Bandt 3 Oct 2013

With results officially declared today, the seat of Melbourne is now the greenest place in the country. A huge swing of 7% to the Greens saw a record primary vote of 42.6% in the seat, with the party winning a lower house seat in its own right for the first time.

"People in Melbourne have made history again," said newly re-elected Greens MP Mr Bandt.

"I thank the people of Melbourne for their support and trust. The huge 7% swing to the Greens was even better than we had hoped for."

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Napthine an environmental vandal: Bandt

Adam Bandt 22 Aug 2013

The Victorian State Government are handing over National Parks to the white shoe brigade and must be stopped, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP said today.
The government is now able to grant 99 year leases for large-scale tourist developments in two-thirds of Victoria's national park areas.
“Premier Napthine is an environmental vandal” Mr Bandt said.
“He is handing over our precious places to the white shoe brigade.”

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Liberal preference deal won’t matter: Bandt

Adam Bandt 14 Aug 2013

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt and Federal Member for Melbourne say the Greens are on track to hold Melbourne despite a preference deal between Labor and the Liberals.

“We have always said we intended to hold the seat in our own right and with a small swing we can do it,” Mr Bandt said.

“Labor and Tony Abbott need to come clean on what deals have been done for the Liberals to preference Labor.”

“Kevin Rudd needs to outline what Labor will do for the Liberals in return.  For example, will Labor be preferencing the Liberals in Mallee as some reports have suggested.”

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