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Greens Launch First Three Budget Initiatives

17 May 2002

The Green Party will today release the first three initiatives negotiated between the Greens and the Government.

Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said the Greens had worked co-operatively with Government ministers throughout the Budget process and the result was a number of Green initiatives in key areas.

Today's announcements include:

* Sue Bradford launching a programme that enables the placement of paid staff into community organisations and the voluntary sector on six month internships. $535,000 has been allocated for this;

* Sue Kedgley will announce the establishment of an internet database containing the latest international research on complementary and alternative health therapies. $600,000 has been allocated for this project over four years;

* Nandor Tanczos will make a joint announcement with the Minister of Youth Affairs on the establishment of a drug education project.

Statements on these three initiatives follow.

"The Greens have secured a number of other initiatives in key areas such as the environment, health, biosecurity and the arts," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"This has been a rewarding process which has resulted in the advancement of important Green goals. These initiatives and the ones which will follow will make a real difference to all sectors of the community and the environment."

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