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70,000+ agree: Safe Schools program must continue

The Australian Greens will tonight table two petitions - one from the Greens and one from international LGBTIQ advocacy group All Out - totaling more 70,000 signatures supporting Safe Schools. The petitions were launched in response to Senator Cory Bernardi's petition of 9499 that lead to the Prime Minister calling for an investigation into the program.

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Simms in the Senate Update - March 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers the Greens' campaign to make schools safe for LGBTI students, why there should be no nuclear waste dump in South Australia, the inquiry into BP's exploration of the Great Australian Bight, green cars being key to SA's economic future, a Valentine's Day push for marriage equality legislation, how to take the 2016 Student Survey, and more.

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Question – Education Funding

Adam Bandt 2 Mar 2016


My question is to the Prime Minister. The Safe Schools program has been stopping bullying around the country, and has helped many young people feel that they fit in. Prime Minister, is your commitment to socially progressive values so skin deep that you will put young people's welfare at risk and throw a successful antibullying campaign under a bus just because the bigots in the conservative brotherhood tell you to?

Mr Perrett interjecting—

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Greens continue commitment to fairer schools funding

The Greens have continued their unwavering support for fairer schools funding with the announcement of a $3.5 billion needs-based package to bring about sector blind, equitable funding for all our schools.

“We have never wavered from including years five and six of the National Education Reform Agreement in our costed election platform,” Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said.

“We've had this policy costed at $3.5bn above the Coalition’s schools budget, which has slashed years five and six of NERA.”

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Speech: The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in jeopardy

Lee Rhiannon 23 Feb 2016

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) is under threat as the University of Sydney threatens to close it due to revenue-raising challenges, despite producing world leading peace journalism and preparing students to make professional-level contributions to peace. The centre should be supported as an important research centre and an important voice. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales):

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Greens welcome deal to secure Radio Adelaide's future

Robert Simms 19 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens have welcomed today's decision to transition Radio Adelaide to be run under the Fresh 92.7 umbrella, but say more detail is needed on licensing and staffing arrangements before the plan gets the green light.

"It's great to see that the future of Radio Adelaide appears secure for now, however I do want to be assured that there is security for staff at this time and that the charter of Radio Adelaide will be upheld under these new arrangements," Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms said.

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