By Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens
How do we build an economic system that serves the needs of people and nature, both for today and for tomorrow?
The economy is a tool; a tool we humans invented – like democracy and politics – to help govern our relationships between each other, and between ourselves and the world we live in. If our economic tools are not getting the outcomes we want, making us happy, safe, healthy, better educated and fulfilled and protecting and preparing our country for an increasingly uncertain future in a world on track to be 4 degrees warmer, then it is time our economic tools changed.
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By Cate Faehrmann, MLC and Senate candidate
The NSW Government has rubber stamped Nick Greiner’s business-as-usual plan for Sydney’s transport system. They’ve agreed to prioritise a new $13 billion motorway ahead of long overdue and desperately needed public transport infrastructure.
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann says Miranda Devine’s attack on the Proud Schools program which is helping end homophobia in our schools is a hark back to 60s era prejudice and discrimination. Ms Faehrmann is calling on the Education Minister to stand strong in the face of fear mongering from an extreme minority.
“Ms Devine is completely out of touch with mainstream Australia on this one. We’ve got multi-partisan support for this critical education program. I call on the Education Minister to stand strong in the face of fear mongering from an extreme minority,” said Ms Faehrmann.
“The rest of us have moved on from the days when people thought being gay was somehow abnormal. It’s 60s era thinking and Ms Devine should catch up.
“Unfortunately homophobia in schools is still a big issue, with homophobic abuse and bullying causing significant distress and harm to young people. That’s why programs like Proud Schools exist in the first place – to make sure young people understand that same-sex attraction is perfectly normal.
“With two thirds of same-sex attracted young people experiencing abuse and around 80% of that happening in schools it would be extremely dangerous for programs like Proud Schools not to be expanded and encouraged.