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.
State’s True Free Range Eggs Industry was just Thrown to the Wolves – Greens Renew Push for Shelf Labelling
Greens SA MLC, Tammy Franks, has condemned today’s decision by State and Federal Ministers to define free range eggs as up to 10,000 birds per hectare as one that will “advantage the ‘fake range’ players in the industry, and drive true free range producers out of business”. Ms Franks will put her bill to label shop and supermarket shelves to vote when Parliament resumes in late April.
WHAT: Select Committee Inquiry into Decriminalisation of Sex Work Bill
WHEN: Today (Thursday 31st March 2016)
WHERE: Parliament House (Plaza Room, Level 1)
WHO: SafeWork SA – Marie Boland, Executive Director at 11:10am
Working Women’s Centre – Sandra Dann, Director at 12:00pm
Greens MLC Tammy Franks, acting chair of the Select Committee on the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2015 will be available for comment at the conclusion of the committee hearing.
WHAT: A Rally to Ban Duck Hunting in South Australia
WHEN: Saturday 19th March
TIME: 11:00 am
WHERE: Parliament House Steps
Animal Justice Party
Animal Liberation Party
Tammy Franks MLC
Tammy and others will be available for media comment.
Greens urge SA Labor Government to stand up for true free range Egg farmers
During Question Time today, Ms Franks called on the Weatherill Government to stand up for a national free range standard of 1500 (rather than 10,000 per hectare stocking density and support the Choice campaign to “Give a Cluck” https://goo.gl/34osnb
Transport Minister bows to live export industry pressure to take Animals Australia advertising off buses
The Weatherill Labor Government has again shown it can’t be trusted on animal welfare, by interfering in an independent Animals Australia advertising campaign run on South Australian buses, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC says.