The Australian Greens know that a strong public education system is the key to investing in the next generation and our capacity to build a fair, successful, and cohesive society. Australia is long overdue for a multi-billion dollar injection into our education system. We need an additional $7 billion investment to be in the middle of the OECD rankings for public investment in schools. Differences in educational outcomes should not be the result of differences in wealth, possessions, background or circumstances.
We also want to see an additional funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education including the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages that are at risk of disappearing, as well as boosting support for Asian languages, science and music in schools. We recognise that teaching is a profession essential to our community and should be valued highly and remunerated accordingly.
30 Dec 2010
Greens Leader Bob Brown said today his aim is to give Australia progressive and prosperous governance in 2011, beginning with work towards a Gillard government carbon price to tackle global warming, stimulate the economy and generate new business opportunities.
"Amid more extreme weather events, which are occurring more frequently, the new year gives Australians a chance to think beyond ‘sides' and embrace effective, innovative and green ways of building a future for the developed economy that is most at risk from global warming," Senator Brown said.
Building on the Greens' ongoing work, the Greens in 2011 in both houses of Parliament, will also be working towards:
- A mining tax to fund free tertiary education for every young Australian at $2.5 billion per annum and a sovereign wealth fund to safeguard a low-carbon future
- High Speed Rail to link Australia's biggest cities and better light rail within those cities
- Giving the Gillard government essential support for its national broadband network
- A national marine park system to protect fish nurseries and the nation's marine biodiversity for all time
- Achieving auditory (hearing) testing and support for all indigenous children
- Protection of Australia's remaining native forests, woodlands and wildlife
- Australia taking a lead in a global effort to divert some of the more than $1 trillion annual weapons budget, so that every child on Earth has access to food, clean water and schooling.
Senator Brown said he looked forward to the four new Australian Greens Senators taking their seats on the 1st of July.
"While assuring the Gillard government of stability, we will also be looking for good ideas from the Coalition and Independents which the Greens could assist through Parliament."
"I spoke to Aung San Suu Kyi over the Christmas break and I look forward to visiting her and Burmese government members in 2011."
Senator Brown said he has never felt happier in his 35 years in politics and, along with his talented team of Greens MPs in Canberra, welcomes 2011 and the new opportunities it opens up for Australia.
"I also see the NSW election in March as an early opportunity for voters dissatisfied with both the bigger parties to back the Greens in record numbers and elect more Greens into both houses in Macquarie Street."
19 Aug 2010
The Australian Greens 2010 Federal Election election policy initiatives.
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14 Jul 2010
At this National Press Club I acknowledge the traditional owners of the Canberra region and all the Indigenous people of our nation.
This year will be another milestone in politics for the Australian Greens. The sole balance of power in the Senate and a breakthrough into the House of Representatives are both within reach. Australia's voters are looking for more progressive politics and the stable, experienced leadership which we alone have produced over the past three turbulent years in Canberra.
27 Mar 2010
The Australian Greens will push the federal government to provide a significant funding boost for public schools to ensure they set the benchmark for education standards said Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown at the national Public Education Forum in Canberra today.
Announcing two initiatives to provide new funding aimed to address the crisis in teaching and school resources, Senator Brown said that the Australian Greens would campaign in the lead up to the federal election and afterwards in the Senate to ensure every child has access to a high quality education.
19 Mar 2010
Contrary to Labor spin, the Australian Greens' support for the Rudd government's $42 billion economic stimulus package has resulted in Tasmanian schools, including the Catholic and independent schools sharing in $439 millions for new classrooms, libraries and other amenities.
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said that the Liberals opposed the package outright.
"But the Greens got it through the Senate," Senator Brown said.
"This funding boost for schools and the building industry resulted in $327 million going to 203 public schools, $74 million to 36 Catholic schools and $38 million to 32 independent schools in Tasmania."
"Left to the Liberals, not one dollar would have come to Tasmania."
"Labor should give the Greens credit where its due," Senator Brown said.
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15 Feb 2009
Greens Leader Bob Brown has released a letter from Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard outlining measures to ensure thousands of low-income university students get the $950 student payment in this week's government economic stimulus package.
"The letter clears uncertainty which arose because, as the package originally read, eligibility was dependent on having been enrolled by 3 February. Most students enrol between now and the end of March."
12 Feb 2009
The Government and the Greens have agreed to amendments to the $42 billion economic stimulus package, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"We have improved this package to create thousands of green jobs in communities across Australia," Senator Brown said.
20 Nov 2007
Australia should establish a World Bushfire Centre for research and management of the worsening bushfire danger due to climate change, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
Senator Brown said a permanent, expert centre could co-ordinate research and assist in the prevention and management of bushfires in Australia and around the world.
"Recent bushfire catastrophes in Greece and California, together with Australia's history of catastrophic fires means such a centre would be a good economic, social and environmental investment. It could lead to assistance in co-ordinating global aid to bushfire stricken regions as climate change makes the bushfire menace grow," Senator Brown said.
Senator Brown, who visited Melbourne's Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre recently, said the existing CRC should become permanent, and its terms of reference expanded.
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13 Nov 2007
Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown has labelled the tax cuts and spending programs of the Coalition and the ALP as inflationary.
"Both John Howard and Kevin Rudd are spending to win the election, not to secure the nation's future," Senator Brown said.
"If you inject money in the form of tax cuts into an overheated economy you get inflationary pressure. It is far better to put that money into infrastructure and services such as health, education and public transport instead of tax cuts."
"The Australian economy is growing strongly on the back of the minerals boom, but rather than investing this windfall to prepare Australia for the challenge of climate change we are locking in lower taxes that may well become unaffordable if the economy slows".
"In the last three years the Howard Government has announced nearly $100 billion in tax cuts, and yesterday he announced nearly $10 billion in new spending initiatives. But despite all this largesse there is still no substantial money for investing in renewable energy, public education or public health and still no money to give Australia's pensioners living on $268 per week a genuine pay rise."
"Both Kevin Rudd and John Howard should stop this inflationary auction that they have got themselves into. A bit of restraint is what's needed to keep inflation and interest rates low, and to prepare Australia for tougher times ahead," Senator Brown said.
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12 Nov 2007
Greens Leader Bob Brown was at Sydney University today to launch the Greens Higher Education Policy for Election 07.
"The Greens policy recognises the urgent need to boost public investment in public universities, to support students and assist researchers to equip Australia to thrive in the 21st Century," Senator Brown said.
"John Howard has announced $100 billion in tax cuts over the past three years, but Australia's universities have been starved of funds. Students are left with massive HECS debts, teaching staff are under stress and research talent has been driven overseas."
"The Greens policy will bring public expenditure on universities up into the top ten of OECD countries as a first step to restoring the sector to full health," Senator Brown said.
Greens Education Spokesperson Senator Kerry Nettle said, "The Greens policy is to remove fees and abolish HECS debts, reinstate funding for student guilds and associations, and boost financial support to allow students to stud rather than work to pay their rent in term time.
"A core funding boost of $1.2bn each year will allow universities to employ more staff and address deferred maintenance and capital works.
"The Greens commitment to increase discretionary research funding via an independent Australian Research Council will go a long way to revitalise the free pursuit of research in the public interest.
"The Greens 'Sun Fund' proposal calls for $3billon over 10 years to drive the technological and societal innovation required to get Australia leading the world in sustainable energy and transport delivery.
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