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Bring on a marriage equality vote in the parliament: Greens

Robert Simms 30 May 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to grant LNP members a free parliamentary vote on marriage equality if he is returned to government, rather than conducting a costly and divisive plebiscite.

"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's comments today would give some Australians the inkling that we could have marriage equality realised by the end of the year - but we can do it without spending $160 million and sending people straight back to the polls after a marathon election campaign," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Labor missing opportunity to combat LGBTI discrimination

Robert Simms 24 May 2016

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the ALP are missing an opportunity to stamp out discrimination against LGBTI Australians by ruling out removing religious exemptions to the Sex Discrimination Act, the Greens say.

"It's disappointing that just days after Labor released plans for an LGBTI Commissioner, they are locking themselves into supporting discriminatory laws against LGBTI Australians," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Labor’s LGBTI plan won’t end discrimination

Robert Simms 23 May 2016

The Australian Greens urge the Labor party to join them in committing to removing religious exemptions to the Sex Discrimination Act, following Rainbow Labor's announcement to appoint an LGBTI discrimination commissioner.

"While Labor's plan to appoint a LGBTI discrimination commissioner would certainly be a welcome focus on advancing LGBTI rights, we still don't have a clear commitment from the ALP that they will end discrimination against LGBTI people under the law," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Labor must be clear on anti-discrimination stance

Robert Simms 19 May 2016

The Australian Greens are urging Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to back the Greens' push to remove religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws and protect the rights of LGBTI Australians.

"It seems that while Labor's legal affairs spokesperson Mark Dreyfus agrees with the Greens position that no-one should be discriminated against for their sexuality or gender identity, the jury is still out for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Greens commit to nationwide funding boost for Safe Schools

Janet Rice 17 May 2016

Greens commit to nationwide funding boost for Safe Schools

To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the Greens have announced a plan to increase federal funding of the Safe Schools Coalition, with a pledge of $32 million over the next four years for this vital program.

“When our community embraces diversity and celebrates difference, all of us benefit,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for gender identity and intersex issues Senator Janet Rice.

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Return to Don’s Party is bad news for progressive politics

Robert Simms 12 May 2016

Former ALP Senator Don Farrell's return to politics shows now, more than ever, why South Australians needs strong progressive representation in the Senate, Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms says.

"South Australian voters are faced with a predicament. High-profile candidates on both the ALP and Liberal senate tickets are vehemently against marriage equality. Together with Family First's Bob Day, Cory Bernardi and Don Farrell would work to stymie this progress in the parliament.

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Greens warn of Family First threat in SA

Robert Simms 9 May 2016

Greens Senator Robert Simms has said that the choice for voters in South Australia could come down to the Greens or Family First.

"In South Australia, the numbers in the Senate are pretty tight and it looks like it may come down to a race between myself and Family First's Bob Day for that final position," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"So for South Australians it's a case of ‘Rob or Bob': the Greens agenda of equality for LGBTI people versus the homophobia and transphobia of Family First.

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Greens Welcome PrEP TGA Approval - Call on Government to List on PBS

Robert Simms 6 May 2016

Greens Sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms has welcomed the approval of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and called on the Government to now list it under the PBS.

"This is positive development in HIV prevention in our country. The Greens have been advocating for some time for Australians to have access to this effective HIV prevention tool and I'm relieved to see it's finally been granted approval," said Senator Simms.

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