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Jobs for mates undermines democracy

With the Grattan Institute today revealing that at least one in five government board appointments are being gifted to political mates, the Greens say it’s time to talk about how political appointments are undermining democracy. 

Lines attributable to Senator Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on Democracy:

“People are fed up with the jobs-for-the-boys mentality that so typified the Morrison Government - and they want better from the Albanese Government.

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Queensland’s staggering pokies losses show urgent need for political donation ban

Larissa Waters 4 Oct 2018

Queensland Greens Senator and spokesperson for gambling, Larissa Waters, said reports today that Queenslanders lost on average, a record-breaking $7 million a day in August 2018, shows the urgent need to ban political donations by the gambling industry.

“While the greedy gambling industry sits in the back pocket of the major political parties there will never be any real action to keep the community safe from predatory pokies,” Senator Waters said.

“There must be urgent action to curb these enormous losses and harm caused by poker machines.

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Larissa Waters Returning to Federal Parliament

Larissa Waters 6 Sep 2018

Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters is returning to federal Parliament following the confirmation of her appointment as a Senator for Queensland by the Queensland State Parliament. 

Today’s reappointment filled the vacancy created by Andrew Bartlett, who stepped down from the Senate role he filled after Sen. Waters resigned over section 44, to contest the lower house seat of Brisbane at the next federal election. 

Senator Waters will be the first section 44'd Senator to return to the seat to which she was originally elected.

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Pokie con-job lawsuit implicates every poker machine in Queensland

Larissa Waters 26 Oct 2016

The Australian Greens today welcomed the lawsuit from the Alliance for Gambling Reform lodged in Melbourne today and called for a halt to the Palaszczuk government’s casino obsession.  The expanded scope of the lawsuit for misleading and deceptive conduct puts every single poker machine in Queensland under suspicion.

“The newly announced element of this historic court case brings in every single poker machine in Queensland, because industry and government constantly use the dodgy ‘return to player’ claim.

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Government must boost legal assistance to tackle family violence

Federal cuts to legal assistance funding will undermine efforts to tackle domestic violence, say the Australian Greens.

Legal assistance and domestic violence are two separate agenda items for tomorrow's Law, Crime and Community Safety Council Meeting, but the Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright says they should be addressed together.

"If the Government is really genuine about addressing domestic violence, they need to fund the services out there helping people to understand their legal options and act on them," Senator Wright said.

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Legal aid reversal welcome, but just the start

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright says the Government should not stop at reversing cuts to the legal assistance sector, but look at increasing funding in the upcoming budget.

"Legal assistance services were operating on a shoe-string budget before the Attorney-General's cuts," Senator Wright said.

"Today's policy reversal is extremely welcome, but this should only be the beginning. The Productivity Commission's recent report said $200 million more was required just to address urgent need."

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Greens speak out against Newman’s G20 crackdown

Penny Wright 14 Jul 2014

The Labor and Liberal parties have shown disregard for human rights by passing federal legislation to back up Campbell Newman’s draconian G20 laws, say Australian Greens Senators Penny Wright and Larissa Waters.

Senator Wright, Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, said the Queensland laws were a gross breach of human rights.

“A vote in favour of this legislation is a vote to take away basic freedoms and rights,” Senator Wright said.

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