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Greens welcome Future Fund tobacco divestment

Posted by admin on February 28, 2013

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Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, today welcomed the Future Fund’s announcement that it will no longer invest in tobacco companies.

“This outcome demonstrates why it’s so important to have other voices in the parliament,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Since the Future Fund’s inception, neither of the old parties have done anything about the fact that hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars have been invested in this insidious industry.”

The fund had invested more than $200 million dollars in 15 tobacco companies, including British American Tobacco, Phillip Morris and Lorillard, some of who have challenged plain packaging in the High Court and through the World Trade Organisation.

“After a year-long campaign from the Greens, including the introduction of a private members bill and regular grilling at Senate Estimates, we finally have an end to the hypocrisy of introducing world leading tobacco reform in plain packaging, while simultaneously profiteering from the sale of the toxic product.

“I welcome the leadership shown by Mr David Gonski, the new chair of the Future Fund, in commissioning the review that led to today’s decision.

“This is a win for public health and I hope that it is an inspiring example to all other investment funds.”

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Children’s Commissioner a win for our kids

Posted by admin on February 25, 2013

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After paving the way for the creation of the position, the Australian Greens have today welcomed the appointment of Megan Mitchell as the National Children’s Commissioner.

“Children are some of the most vulnerable people in our society,” the Greens’ youth and early childhood spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It is only right that we created the essential role of National Children’s Commissioner.

“Until now there hadn’t been a person whose sole focus was on the needs of our young people, at a national level.

“Ms Mitchell has vowed to listen to our nation’s youngest citizens to make sure that their voices are heard and I commend her for that.

“This is a major step in improving the situation for our young people and I look forward to seeing Ms Mitchell assume the role and stand up for Australia’s children.

“I welcome this news, but now the government needs to act to protect children who come to Australia fleeing war and persecution.

“The government must move to establish an independent guardian for unaccompanied refugee children.

“Currently the Immigration Minister’s role as their legal guardian is a conflict of interest and he has abandoned the very children he is supposed to protect.”

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