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A study shows that a nuclear waste storage site on Orchid Island may have leaked, although Taipower said that the levels did not exceed legal standardsBy Lee I-chia  /  Staff Reporter Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tien Chiu-chin, right, listens at a press conference as a representative from an environmental group speaks about concerns over radiation from nuclear waste on Orchid Island.Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei TimesTests have revealed signs of a possible leakage of radioactive... Read more
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said the election night was historic for the Greens and for New Zealand.For the first time, the party broke through the 10% threshold and has increased ing its number of MPs from nine to 13.Dr Norman said the party went into the election hoping to get 10% of the party vote and exceeded expectations.He said the Greens had cemented their place as the third party of New Zealand politics.Dr Norman said it had taken a fair while to get to this point but had been a... Read more
WOMEN danced, wept and embraced outside the Papua New Guinea Parliament yesterday as years of campaigning culminated in a watershed vote to allow 22 reserved seats for women in the almost exclusively male chamber, where just one of 109 seats is presently held by a female.With time running out before the 2012 general election, expectation and anxiety were high among supporters of the bill, with women loudly admonishing MPs from the packed public gallery when the debate was delayed on Tuesday.But... Read more
The Green Party wrapped up its campaign today in Auckland with a free concert and reminder to get out and vote for jobs, rivers, and kids on Saturday."A vote for the Greens is a vote for a richer New Zealand in the things that really matter. A richer New Zealand will have clean rivers, healthy kids, and jobs that are good for our environment and our economy," Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said."The Greens are ready to get back into Parliament with more MPs and more energy than ever before... Read more
Senator Brown called for a parliamentary debate on the build-up of US military personnel, equipment and training in Australia."There should be a parliamentary and public debate, about the proposed increase of the US military presence before it is agreed to.""Australia should not weaken its ability to have an independent relationship with its neighbours in its own region," Senator Brown said.Watch and read President Obama's speech to the Australian Federal Parliament: Read more
'Green letter day'The Federal Government's controversial climate legislation has passed the Senate 36-32 and will now become law from mid-next year.From July 2012, polluting industries will pay $23 per tonne of carbon emissions and households will be compensated for extra costs through tax cuts and increased benefits. The vote was greeted with glee from the Government and Greens and dismay by Opposition members, who were first out of the Senate doors to voice their protests.The Nationals' Ron... Read more
Six Green Ministers were appointed in October as part of a new coalition government in Denmark. The Green Socialist Party, which is an observer party of the European Greens, is in government with two other parties. The Green party Ministers and their responsibilities are (pictured from left to right):Möger Thor Pedersen, Minister for Taxation Ida Auken, Minister for the Environment Pia Olsen Dyhr, Minister for Trade and Investment, Villy Søvndal, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ole Sohn,... Read more
As part of a coalition government that is made up of six parties, from Conservatives to the Socialists, this rainbow coalition has a 100-page Agreement for Government. Ville Niinisto is the Minister of Environment and the new leader of the Finnish Greens and Heidi Hautula is the new Minister for International Aid. Read more
Rwandan Greens President, Frank Habineza was in Perth last week to raise awareness about the Rwandan Greens around the Commonwealth Leaders meeting. Rwanda is the newest member of the Commonwealth but there is a cloud over the oppressive way it treats its media and opposition parties. Frank met with a number of WA Greens while he was in Perth and he lobbied Foreign Ministers, former Prime Ministers and Commonwealth organisations. He found new allies to help support the Rwandan Greens into the... Read more
 The New Zealand election will be held on 26 November and the Greens campaign is going well, with opinion polls putting them consistently at 10% of the vote. If this vote holds to the election the Greens will increase their numbers in the parliament MPs from 9 to 13. The Greens election slogan is “For a richer New Zealand” – see billboard advertisement below. The NZ election campaign manager says this slogan responds to research that shows many Green leaning votes were not recognising the... Read more
Jill Stein, a doctor from Massachusetts has launched a campaign for President of the United States in 2012. Jill has been an active member of the State Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party since 2002 and run for Governor of the State twice. She hopes to build a national following by appealing to the people who have identified with the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. The main issues for her campaign are green jobs, universal health care, reversing student debt and pulling U.S. troops out of... Read more
The Green party of Tunisia, Tunisie Verte, ran candidates in the elections that took place in October following the democratic revolution. The party was formed in 2004 but struggled with harassment and oppression for many years. It was finally able to be registered in early 2011 in time for the elections. The party was not successful in winning a seat in the national parliament but intends to run candidates in the local government elections that will take place in the first half of 2012. Here... Read more
When - Tuesday, 8 November 11:00am - 12:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard time) – check here for when this is in your timezoneWhere - The Senate, Australian Parliament House, Canberra – watch the live webcastThe Clean Energy Future package is the first vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier, more secure Australia. Watch the live webcast of the Australian Senate to see these historic bills become law next Tuesday!Background - During 2011 the Australian... Read more
Australian Greens Senator and spokesperson on West Papua, Richard Di Natale, is calling on the Australian government to suspend military cooperation with Indonesia.Last night the Indonesian military (TNI) opened fire on the third West Papuan People’s Congress, arrested community leaders and hundreds more. There are reports from a single witness of nine delegates shot while trying to flee.“This is the latest in a series of escalating acts of repression by the Indonesian military in West Papua,”... Read more
The Asia Pacific Greens NetworkDemands that all parties involved in the Third Papuan Congress and Indonesia state forces conflict, which erupted on 10/19/2011, commit to nonviolence, participatory democracy, social justice, and human rights. The incident:On October 19, 2011 Indonesian military forces violently intervened in the Third Papuan Congress’ meeting, at least six congress participants are reported dead and dozens of people including the congress organisers were arrested due to this... Read more
INTERNATIONAL democracy prize-winner Frank Habineza is pleading with Commonwealth leaders to use their Perth meeting to pressure Rwanda to stop the killing and imprisonment of the Government's political opponents. Mr Habineza, the president of the Rwandan Greens Party, who fled to Sweden last year after his party deputy was decapitated and other political leaders were jailed, wants the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to help bring "democracy and the rule of law" to his homeland.He said... Read more
Australian House of Representatives votes to support the Clean Energy Future billsSpokesperson Bob Brown, Christine Milne, Adam Bandt MPWednesday 12th October 2011, 11:35amThe House of Representatives vote to support the Clean Energy Future bills negotiated by the Greens, the government and independent MPs is a vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier Australia.The bills, negotiated through the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee as a result of the... Read more