SA Greens Challenge SA Liberals: Put Pointless Plebiscite Money to Arrium to Secure Whyalla’s Future
Greens’ MLC Tammy Franks has called on the SA Liberals to stand up for South Australia and urge the Prime Minister to dump his $170 million plebiscite and free up funds for Whyalla steel and to support workers and the community.
Yesterday in state parliament, the Greens employed a rarely used Question Time provision to direct a question not to the State Labor Government but instead to the State Liberal Opposition. The response from the Opposition leader in the Legislative Council was underwhelming in its support for the future of steelworks in our state.
Labor and Liberal combined to defeat a Greens motion for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the South Australian Greyhound Racing Industry. The motion had the support of the Greens, Xenophon Team and Dignity for Disability MPs.
Ms Franks said: “Once again, SA Labor, this time, supported by the SA Liberals, have put animal welfare last and backed an industry shrouded in secrecy.
“While eastern seaboard states and territories have inquired into this industry and two of those, NSW and the ACT, will ban it from 2017, the SA Government continues to claim there’s no evidence of cruelty but will not support the very tool that would expose cruelty if it were occurring – an inquiry. Talk about having a two-way bet!
“It took tens of thousands of people writing letters, signing petitions and making it known that South Australians care about the lives of greyhounds to have Greyhound Racing South Australia finally release a document today disclosing the figures of greyhounds bred, raced and killed in one year (2015-16). The figures released are neither independently verified nor are they long term yet the projection over coming years is for a vast reduction in the rates of dogs put to death.
“One year and a wish-list, however aspirational, is not actually proof of a trend and it should not be good enough to have the industry act as its own watchdog.
“We were asking for an inquiry, not a witch hunt. Labor and Liberal MPs should have opened up this industry to ensure transparency today, without that it will limp along lacking in public trust.
“The motion was lost today but this race is not yet run. I will bring legislation forward in coming weeks to ensure that GRSA has to report accurately and annually on the number of dogs bred, raced, euthanised and of course needlessly killed, the public backs this position. Let’s hope the next time so does the Parliament” Ms Franks concluded.
Tammy Franks, Greens MLC, has put the Weatherill Government on notice that her party will not accept any ‘second-rate solutions’ in the long awaited creation of a state Children’s Commissioner.
Greens Secure Parliamentary Review of New SA Workers’ Compensation Scheme
The Greens Industrial Relations Spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC and Nick Xenophon Team Member of the Legislative Council John Darley today secured Upper House support for an inquiry into the emerging human toll of the new ReturnToWork scheme.
Greens MLC Tammy Franks has introduced a Bill to the South Australian Parliament that will allow a member of any species of the sub-phylum vertebrata such as sharks, to be classified as animals, attracting all the protections afforded to other animals under the Animal Welfare Act 1985. The Animal Welfare (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016 comes as a response to Atlantis Lounge Bar’s plan to exhibit hammerhead sharks in a tank located in the middle of a dance floor.
The Greens will today join the South Australian arts community rally on the Parliament House steps to protest state budget arts funding cuts.
“The $1 million dollar cut already inflicted on the next Adelaide Festival program will directly hurt that Festival's cultural offering, but will also harm tourism” Tammy Franks MLC, Greens Arts spokesperson, said.
“The Brandis/Fifield federal cuts have delivered a body blow to the arts sector and these Snelling cuts will be a dirty kick in the guts while the sector is down.
"With significant cuts to funding, the vibrancy our government so often rightly celebrates will suffer, and so too will our artists and arts communities.
"South Australian Arts organisations are now under threat of having millions more dollars ripped out of already lean budgets, putting our state’s rich cultural ecology at risk.
"The cuts are bad for our culture, but they are also bad for our cash flow. The Greens understand the economic value of the arts industry goes well beyond box office sales, driving other economic factors such as tourism and employment in related fields.
"These cuts will slowly poison the well of our cultural richness, taking even more tourism dollars away to fund the funeral” Ms Franks concluded.
The Greens will join the rally organised by The Arts Industry Council of South Australia (AICSA) on Tuesday, 19 April at 12pm and we welcome you to stand with us to change the script.
Greens MLC Tammy Franks today introduced a Bill to the South Australian Parliament to ensure that the exposure of animal cruelty would be considered as being ‘in the public interest’ with consideration of the broadcast of footage of animal cruelty obtained through surveillance devices. The Greens Bill would allow for the recording and publication of material by any party where this material is in the public interest without the need to first obtain a court order.
The Government’s new Surveillance Devices Act 2016 is yet to commence.