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Australian couples left waiting for marriage equality - Greens urge Turnbull to get on with it

Janet Rice 26 Jun 2017

Christopher Pyne’s comments about marriage equality over the weekend show just how impatient many members of the Coalition are for marriage equality to be achieved now, say the Greens.

‘It’s staggering that Malcolm Turnbull is publicly standing by Tony Abbott’s plebiscite, meanwhile one of his senior ministers says equality will happen “sooner than everyone thinks,”’ said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens spokesperson for LGBTIQ issues.

‘Australian couples shouldn’t be forced to keep waiting for their love to be recognised,’ said Senator Rice.

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Senator Hanson, please stop your damaging remarks towards kids with autism in schools

Senator Pauline Hanson doubling down on her comments that children with autism should be segregated in schools shows sheer stubbornness and an inability to comprehend the damage she is causing, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Senator Hanson needs to stop commenting on issues she hasn’t got a clue about. She has already done enough damage.

“She needs to apologise for her archaic and damaging remarks that stigmatise children with autism and undermines inclusiveness.

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Labor and Liberal vote down Senate motion on Okehampton Bay

Greens spokesperson for Health Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson expresses his disappointment that both Labor and Liberal voted in the Senate to support the Okehampton fish farm expansion on Tasmania's east coast, and refused to recognise their record of poor regulation and mismanagement of this important industry.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Today Labor and Liberal showed their hand and put on record their support for the unpopular fish farm expansion at Okehampton Bay.

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Government is seeking exemptions from the Disability Discrimination Act so that they can drug test income support recipients

A social services bill introduced into the House of Representatives this morning includes a much broader exemption from the Disability Discrimination Act, meaning people accessing the social safety net with disability can be discriminated against by the Government.

“The damaging proposal to drug test income support recipients is included in the Bill so of course they need to broaden out the exemption which would allow them to do this. It was hinted in Senate estimates but has been confirmed today, and it is broader and more far-reaching than just drug testing.

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Senate committee recommends robo-debt be put on hold and drastically overhauled

A Senate Committee report into the Government’s Centrelink Online Compliance Intervention (robo-debt) program has called for it to be put on hold until of the procedural fairness flaws in the program are addressed. The Committee a says the Government should re-assess all debts determined through the use of income averaging and that a redesigned system should include a robust risk assessment process.

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Greens call for an end to live exports with meatworkers union, vet whistleblower 

Today Greens spokesperson for industry and animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced the Greens bill to phase out live animal exports. Senator Rhiannon was joined by officials from the meatworkers union (AMIEU Newcastle & Northern branch) and veterinarian and Australian live exports whistleblower Dr Lynn Simpson. 
 
Vets Against Live Export (VALE) and animal welfare groups Sentient, Humane Society International, Voiceless, RSPCA Australia, and Animals Australia have also given their support. 
 
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