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SA hit hardest by Abbott's broken promise on ABC

Penny Wright 24 Nov 2014

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright says South Australia has been hardest hit by the ABC job cuts, with 7.30 SA, the Port Augusta radio bureau and local TV production to close.

"Today's announcement is gut-wrenching. Our local ABC is a vital part of South Australia's media landscape and our community," Senator Wright said.

"Christopher Pyne's hypocritical petition to save South Australian TV production has proved as useless as Tony Abbott's promise of 'no cuts to the ABC'.

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South Australian ABC jobs on the line

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Penny Wright says the closure of South Australian ABC TV production and outsourcing of administration would be a serious blow to the state and could cost up to 150 jobs in Adelaide.

“The government’s cuts to the ABC will decimate the Adelaide ABC workforce and will have serious flow on effects – especially for a smaller city like Adelaide where the job market is tight,” Senator Wright said.

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Make mental health a priority

Senator WRIGHT:  I, and also at the request of Senator Di Natale, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that four out of five Victorians believe mental health must be a top priority in the upcoming state election and that almost 92 per cent say regional mental health services need to be extended;

(b) recognises that mental illness in 12 to 25-year-olds is costing Australia an estimated $10 billion each year and people do not have access to the services they need; and

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Foreign Fighters laws rushed through Senate

Penny Wright 29 Oct 2014

Debate was gagged on the Foreign Fighters legislation in the Senate before all aspects of the bill were explored, says Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright.

"Labor and the Coalition have combined to rush the Foreign Fighters bill through the Parliament," Senator Wright said.

"Never mind that these are the most significant counter-terrorism laws in our lifetime, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten have found a unity ticket on bad process and bad legislation.

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