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Supporting Public Housing Communities

SUPPORTING PUBLIC HOUSING COMMUNITIES

On Saturday July 4 the Victorian Labor government announced that nine public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington would be placed under a “hard lockdown” preventing residents from leaving their home for at least five days. 

The Greens have supported and will continue to support governments taking a ‘health-first’ approach, but this response needs to be care-led, not force-led. 

These unprecedented lockdowns have created appalling outcomes for residents, who are fearful and uncertain about the support services on offer. 

The Greens are calling on the Victorian Government to implement a care-led response and listen to the needs of the community.

ARE YOU A RESIDENT NEEDING ASSISTANCE? 

If you live in one of the public housing flats that is in lockdown and you need any assistance, my team and Ellen Sandell’s team are here to help. Call us on: (03) 9417 0759 or email us at: office@ellensandell.com

ARE YOU A COMMUNITY MEMBER HOPING TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE?

If you know a resident that needs support, please ask them to get in touch with our team on (03) 9417 0759 or email office@ellensandell.com

Providing food and essentials 

We have been overwhelmed with offers of donations and assistance. Thank you to everyone for your generosity. 

The Australian Muslim Social Services Agency (AMSSA) is coordinating food deliveries and is accepting non-perishable food donations at 91-101 Boundary Road, North Melbourne. However, they are receiving large volumes of food donations already. 

If you have the means, we encourage you to make a financial donation to local organisations working on the ground:

FIXING PUBLIC HOUSING 

Labor and Liberal Governments have neglected public housing for years. Now, Melbourne residents in cramped and overcrowded estates are facing ‘hard lockdown’, unlike anyone else in Australia.

Residents have raised concerns about empty hand sanitiser, broken lifts forcing people to huddle into one small space, large families in tiny apartments and 5+ years waiting to transfer to a bigger property, and very little COVID information provided in local languages.

Victoria spends the lowest amount on public housing of any state in Australia. There are 80,000 people on the waiting list including 25,000 children. For years, we’ve called for the Government to build more and better public housing. It shouldn't take a pandemic for the Government to do this. Instead, the Andrews Government is selling off public housing land across inner Melbourne.

Right now, these residents need direct help, and we’re working on getting them the support they need. 

But for the long-term, we need to take better care of people. We need to invest in a public housing system we can be proud of, that provides good homes for everyone.

Please sign the petition to call on the Premier and the Andrews Government to fix public housing and build more public housing in Victoria.

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A people-led response to COVID-19

A people-led response to COVID-19 

If the Coronavirus has shown us one thing, it’s that we’re all in this together – and we will get through this together.

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Adam Bandt elected as Greens leader, kicks off fight for a Green New Deal

Adam Bandt MP, Member for Melbourne, has been elected as the Australian Greens Parliamentary Leader.

Adam used his first media conference as leader to call for a government-led Green New Deal to tackle the climate emergency and the jobs and inequality crises. Adam also made a strong pitch to young people to join the movement for a Green New Deal.

 

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Bandt push for free childcare as next step in Green New Deal plan

Australian Greens Leader Adam Bandt has outlined his vision for universal childcare as part of the Green New Deal recently unveiled after the change in leadership.

Mr Bandt said his goal is for universally accessible and free childcare and detailed a policy that would be the first big steps to this goal.


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Scott Morrison caught cheating on climate: Bandt

Greens spokesperson for the climate crisis, Adam Bandt MP, has labelled Scott Morrison and his government a pack of climate cheats and said he has been caught out.
 
The government’s climate cheating strategy is in tatters because:

  1. Currently, the Paris Agreement rules do not allow for dodgy carryover credits and current negotiations in Madrid are moving towards explicitly banning the use of such credits, with over 100 countries rejecting their use.
  2. Most of the government’s claimed carryover credits rely on commitments made under Kyoto II, however advice suggests that on a strict legal basis, Kyoto II is still not in force because it lacks ratification from enough countries. If this situation remains, none of Australia’s claimed Kyoto dodgy carryover credits will have any legal basis.
  3. However, even if Kyoto II is in force as the government suggests, action by the rest of the world has triggered a lift in our targets, as per our Kyoto II commitment. As such, most of Australia’s claimed dodgy carryover credits will be wiped out.

Mr Bandt has written to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reductions regarding these issues. The letter was sent just days before a new Climate Analytics report, released overnight, challenged the legality of Australia’s use of carryover credits.
 
Quotes attributable to Mr Bandt:
 
“Scott Morrison is a climate cheat and he has been caught out. Not only is there no moral basis for using these so-called credits to cheat our way out of our climate commitments, there is arguably no legal basis either.
 
“Further, today he has doubled-down on his cheating by misleading the public and falsely saying that the concern expressed in Madrid ‘does not apply to what Australia’s practice is’. Just like his Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, when the Prime Minister is caught out fudging the numbers he doubles-down with a lie.
 
“Negotiations on the Paris rulebook may ultimately ban this dodgy carryover scam, but before then the government must explain why they have misled the public about our Kyoto targets.
 
“Action by the rest of the world has triggered a lift in our targets, and once that happens, 70% of these spurious credits disappear.
 
“Not only that, but it appears the legal conditions for creating these so-called credits never existed in the first place.

“If Australia cannot abide by our international obligations, we risk jeopardising international trade deals, such as the current negotiations with the European Union.

“As Australia burns and Sydney chokes, Scott Morrison must quit his climate cheating and act on the climate emergency.”
 
Background
 
Australia’s Kyoto II commitment includes a clause to increase Australia’s targets “by up to 15% by 2020 if there is a global agreement which falls short of securing atmospheric stabilisation at 450 ppm CO2-eq and under which major developing economies commit to substantially restrain emissions and advanced economies take on commitments comparable to Australia's”.
 
Australia’s ratification of the Paris Agreement (and the Doha amendment, which gives effect to our Kyoto II obligations), means that the conditions for the 15% increase in Australia’s target under the second commitment period have been met. There is no longer any basis for Australia to refuse to lift its 2020 targets by up to 15%.

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As Australia burns, the Liberals cheat and Labor spits in the face of victims: Greens

The Australian Greens have slammed Liberal and Labor for their climate failures and embrace of coal, both on the international stage and the while tackling the bushfires crisis currently crippling the east coast of Australia.

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Greens move to depoliticise research funding

The Greens will move in the House and the Senate to reverse the Liberal government’s recent politicisation of Australian Research Council grants by requiring the Minister to publicly release all successful grant applications in a timely manner and without other government MPs or candidates involved.
 
The government recently changed the ARC rules so that grants could be announced by Coalition MPs – and only Coalition MPs – even when the successful grant was outside the government MP’s electorate.
 
Quotes attributable to Greens Science & Research spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP:
 
“Research funding should be independently assessed and not a political plaything.

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As climate bushfires continue government must reject CCS pipedream: Bandt

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has slammed the government’s latest push for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, dismissing it as a useless pipedream.

“As the climate bushfires continue to devastate the country, the government’s only climate proposal is a pipedream,” said Mr Bandt.

 

 

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NSW and Queensland burn as Morrison fails to get climate crisis under control

Greens spokesperson for the climate crisis, Adam Bandt MP, has responded to the bushfires burning across NSW and QLD, saying Scott Morrison bears some responsibility and must apologise to the communities impacted. 

“We're deeply saddened by the loss of life and our hearts go out to all the families and communities impacted, as well as the firefighters tackling these terrifying scenes,” said Mr Bandt. 

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Joel Fitzgibbon is bullying his way towards climate disaster

Greens Acting Leader, Adam Bandt MP, has responded to Labor Shadow Minister for Resources Joel Fitzgibbon’s attack on Victorian fracking bans, warning that unleashing toxic methane gas will blow any chance of meeting the Paris Agreement goals.
 
“Joel Fitzgibbon, the man Anthony Albanese has made responsible for Labor’s coal and gas policy, is trying to bully Labor Premiers into unleashing a toxic methane climate disaster,” said Mr Bandt.

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