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Statement on the marriage plebiscite

"I said I would wait to see the government's proposal and, now that I have, I won't be supporting it," Senator Hanson-Young said.

"This isn't a pathway for delivering marriage equality; it's a shameless display of the arrogant game playing that makes so many people hate politicians.

"Malcolm Turnbull has forsaken the marriage equality movement and allowed for this plebiscite to be rigged, so that it will never see the light of day.

"I could never accept spending tax payers' money on a campaign that attacks members of the Australian community.

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Turnbull caves in on plebiscite funding

Janet Rice 13 Sep 2016

Turnbull caves in on plebiscite funding

The Greens have urged Labor to fully commit to block any marriage equality plebiscite, after Cabinet proposed a date, question and campaign funding for the government’s proposed plebiscite.

“Malcolm Turnbull has caved in to his backbench again,” said the Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Cross-party marriage equality bill introduced into Parliament

Adam Bandt 12 Sep 2016

Greens MP Adam Bandt today introduced the cross-party marriage equality bill into the House of Representatives. The bill is co-sponsored by Mr Bandt and independent MPs Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan and is the same text as the cross-party bill introduced into the last Parliament by backbench Liberal and Labor MPs, as well as Mr Bandt and the independents.

During his introductory speech, Mr Bandt called on Liberal and Labor MPs to work together to achieve marriage equality by again joining as co-sponsors for the bill.

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Greens back Gayby Baby toolkit

Janet Rice 7 Sep 2016

Greens back Gayby Baby toolkit

The Greens have attacked moves by the NSW government to remove the Gayby Baby School Action Toolkit from state schools.

“The NSW Education Minister has pulled a valuable resource that his own department has supported, seemingly because he was told about it by the media,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens will vote against plebiscite legislation

The Australian Greens have resolved to vote against any legislation enabling a plebiscite on marriage equality.

"No matter what the enabling legislation for a plebiscite looks like, the Greens will vote against it. We should never put questions of human rights to an opinion poll," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"The easiest, simplest, quickest, most effective, least costly and least harmful way of ensuring equality in marriage is through a vote in the parliament, and we can do that next week should the Prime Minister decide to show some leadership.

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