ONE STEP CLOSER TO COMPASSION: SA GREENS PLEDGE TO BRING DYING WITH DIGNITY BILL TO NEXT STATE PARLIAMENT
In the wake of today’s vote in the Victorian parliament, Greens lead state election candidate Tammy Franks MLC has pledged to bring the voluntary euthanasia debate to the fore in the SA state election campaign.
The Greens are calling for an independent committee to monitor any spending on government advertising exceeding half a million dollars, following the latest media campaign from the Weatherill Government. Currently the Premier’s Communications Advisory Group Committee vets these campaigns.
The SA Greens will stand firm against attempts by the Liberals and Australian Conservatives to water down the Government’s successful Industry Advocate role when a bill to extend and strengthen the powers of the position comes up for debate in the state’s upper house. The Industry Advocate Bill will formally establish the statutory position to promote the use of South Australian workers and local materials in SA contracts.
Greens Mental Health Spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, has marked World Mental Health Day by renewing her party’s commitment to fighting against the stigma placed on mental illness and for better supports for ALL South Australians to stay alive and live well, urging Government action on borderline personality disorder.
The Greens have welcomed the news that Antony Condina of GD Pharma has been awarded a licence for manufacturing Medical Cannabis products here in South Australia, but have warned that until SA sees similar approvals to ‘grow our own’ for approved manufacturers the price will continue to drive patients underground. Greens Health spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, has renewed calls for an amnesty for those patients turning to the black market in the face of no meaningful access to a legal source.
The Greens have condemned the Labor Weatherill Government’s cuts to student and staff numbers on Adelaide and Flinders University Councils as “an attack on industrial and university democracy.” The move to cut these positions on Council was strongly opposed by the NTEU and student representatives.
The Greens have backed Opposition calls for action on the revelations about TAFE SA aircraft maintenance engineer training at Parafield but have added that an audit of just this course ‘won’t go far enough’.