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It should be illegal for Landlords to refuse to negotiate rent reductions

The Victorian Greens have said it should be illegal for landlords to refuse good faith rent reduction negotiations for tenants during COVID-19. The call is in response to reports that the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) has advised its members to refuse to negotiate rent reductions and force every...


Greens unveil bold plan to revive local shopping strips

The Victorian Greens have announced an unprecedented plan to revitalise local shopping strips in the wake of the deep blow inflicted by the COVID-19 crisis. With local traders along strips like Chapel Street, Prahran Sydney Road, Brunswick and High Street, Northcote struggling to stay afloat and thousands of people’s jobs...



Rental scheme failing newly unemployed Victorians

RENTAL SCHEME FAILING NEWLY UNEMPLOYED VICTORIANS The Victorian Greens have released damning figures that show the state government’s rental relief scheme is failing newly unemployed renters. The Greens’ recently undertook a survey of nearly 700 Victorian renters, which found that for renters who had become unemployed during the pandemic: •...


Rental protections needs to be longer and stronger

The Victorian Greens have welcomed news that the state government will extend its ban on evictions and rent increases. Renters have been among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic and this announcement follows months of campaigning by the Greens and communities to ensure their protection. However, the Greens have...



Victoria continues to fall short when it comes to public school funding

MEDIA RELEASE A comparison of state and federal funding agreements has exposed the Andrews Labor Government’s woeful rate of public school funding.   Victoria currently spends less on public schools than any other state or territory in Australia, and with its current agreement, will be the last state to reach...


Victorians need certainty that Somyurek didn't meddle with proposed council ward changes

Victorians need certainty that Somyurek didn't meddle with proposed council ward changes 22/06/2020   The Victorian Greens have called on the new minister for local government, Shaun Leane, to ensure that any proposed council ward changes made by Adem Somyurek were done in good faith and not to corrupt local...



Greens call for investment in pop-up bike lanes on World Bicycle Day

03/06/2020 The Victorian Greens have called on the state government to immediately invest in pop-up bike lanes around greater Melbourne to help people practice social distancing and safely return to work.   The Greens made the call after cycling into parliament this morning to mark World Bicycle Day.   St...


Student access to laptops and devices at home shouldn’t be temporary

The laptops and devices being loaned to Victorian students by the state government during the COVID-19 crisis should continue to remain available after the crisis is over. Over 50,000 laptops and tablets have been provided to students by the education department so far, allowing them to access the internet and...



Greens call for safe bike network in Melbourne in response to COVID-19

The Victorian Greens have called on the state government to invest in a safe bike network for Melbourne as part of its economic response to the COVID-19 crisis. The network would consist of over 300 kilometres of separated bike lanes and create around 5,000 much-needed jobs in engineering, construction and...


‘Metre matters’ laws are critical during COVID-19, and yet Victoria is the only hold-out state

In an effort to make bike riding safer for the growing number of people and families who are riding their bikes as a result of COVID-19, the Victorian Greens will introduce ‘metre matters’ laws on Thursday during an emergency sitting of parliament.  The laws will require vehicles to give cyclists...



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