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Way forward for marriage equality in this Parliament

Janet Rice 15 Feb 2017

The Senate has delivered a consensus report on the government’s draft exposure marriage equality Bill, providing a path for marriage equality to happen in this Parliament.

“This unprecedented show of collaboration, negotiation and consensus has given us a way forward to achieve marriage equality in this Parliament,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson and member of the Committee.

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Inquiry shows path forward for marriage equality

Janet Rice 25 Jan 2017

A Senate Inquiry has shown that equal marriage is possible in this term of Parliament, despite highlighting flaws in the federal government’s draft Bill.

“This Inquiry is another step in the journey towards marriage equality,” said the Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“We’ve heard from so many people and organisations that exemptions aren't needed to protect religious freedoms and would entrench discrimination.

“We would not allow conscientious objections for celebrants based on age or race, and we should not allow objections for gender or sexuality.

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Carla’s love of pink no justification for gender assignment surgery

Janet Rice 8 Dec 2016

The Greens say that the 5-year-old Australian child known as Carla should have been allowed to choose their own gender at an appropriate time, rather than the Family Court approving gender assignment surgery.

“Liking the colour pink is no justification for enforcing gender assignment surgery on a 5-year-old,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“Being intersex is not about sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. It is a question of biological variation.”

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MOTION: World AIDS Day 2016

Janet Rice 2 Dec 2016

Senator SMITH (Liberal Party): I, and also on behalf of Senators Pratt and Rice, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 1 December 2016 is World AIDS Day, which is held every year to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, and is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died,

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Senate to look into marriage equality bill

Janet Rice 29 Nov 2016

The Greens will join Labor and the crossbench to create a Senate inquiry on marriage equality and the Coalition government’s draft bill to amend the Marriage Act.

“Ditching the plebiscite has paved the way for the Parliament to decide on marriage equality,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

“The only way we’re going to achieve marriage equality is through co-operation from all sides of Parliament.

“This is an opportunity for anyone with questions about the path forward for marriage equality to have them answered.

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Greens say to Libs "let's talk" on marriage equality

Janet Rice 18 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens welcome reports of renewed discussion in the Liberal party about a way forward to achieve marriage equality, saying that the best path to equality is through cross-party legislation.

"We look forward to working with the Coalition, Labor and crossbench MPs to progress legislation that removes the barriers to equality," said Senator Janet Rice, Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

"I reiterate our call on Prime Minister Turnbull to grant his MPs a free vote so Parliament can do its job on behalf of the majority of Australians, who want marriage equality."

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Pressure from HIV advocates and the Greens brings HIV prevention a step closer

Janet Rice 9 Nov 2016

Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice has welcomed the Health Minister’s comments that the government is progressing the cause to get HIV prevention medication listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) so it’s accessible to everyone who needs it.

“The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s decision to licence HIV drug Truvada in May was an important step in the fight to end HIV transmission in Australia, but the high price tag remains a barrier to people who need it,” said Senator Rice.

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