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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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Expensive, unnecessary and now defeated plebiscite bill relegated to the graveyard of bad ideas

Janet Rice 8 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens have labelled the defeat of the plebiscite bill in the Senate as a win for common sense, equality and justice.

“Tonight the plebiscite on marriage equality was defeated in the Senate, and tonight we moved forward towards equality,” said the Australian Greens’ LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The Greens are proud to have stood with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer communities against this plebiscite and we recognise, share and draw strength from the determination of this community to achieve the equality everyone deserves.

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90,000 signatures tabled as nail in the coffin for doomed plebiscite

Janet Rice 7 Nov 2016

Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Janet Rice will today table a petition from campaign groups just.equal and All Out, signed by more than 90,000 people calling on the parliament to stop the expensive and unnecessary plebiscite and allow a free vote on marriage equality.

“This petition is further proof of the public’s overwhelming support for consigning the Abbott-era plebiscite to the bin,” said Senator Rice.

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