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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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Government must apologise for Bulmer-Rizzi treatment

Robert Simms 5 May 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to apologise to Mr Marco Bulmer-Rizzi following revelations of more poor treatment by a government department.

"Mr Bulmer-Rizzi has had his grief compounded by the poor treatment from the government, starting with the failure to name him as next-of-kin on his late husband's death certificate in January," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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ACL could still get hands on public funds for ‘no’ campaign in marriage equality plebiscite

Robert Simms 5 May 2016

In senate estimates today Attorney-General George Brandis has ruled out seeking a temporary suspension of anti-discrimination laws during any marriage equality plebiscite, in response to questioning from Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms. But, he left the door open to the Australian Christian Lobby receiving public funds to run a ‘no' campaign.

"The idea of public funds being given to an organisation like the ACL to campaign against marriage equality will horrify all Australians who believe in equality," Senator Simms said.

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Turnbull must drop plebiscite: Greens

Robert Simms 4 May 2016

Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ditch the $160 million plebiscite after it was placed in the budget contingency fund.

"It's absurd that after harping on for years about a so-called budget emergency the Liberals are progressing with a $160 million plebiscite on marriage equality," Senator Simms said.

"Now for the first time we are seeing this costly plebiscite factored into the budget. Australians want marriage equality and they want to see this matter dealt with by the parliament.

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Simms welcomes rainbow walk progress

Robert Simms 27 Apr 2016

Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms, a former Adelaide City Councillor, has welcomed the council's decision to progress with building a rainbow walk in Light Square in the Adelaide CBD.

"It has been a long time coming since the council agreed to my proposal of installing a rainbow walk, and it is great to hear the news that construction will start in September," Senator Simms said.

"This walk will become a symbol of diversity for Adelaide and will make such a positive statement for LGBTI South Australians."

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Greens call on Prime Minister to stop Treasurer from speaking at ACL conference

Robert Simms 17 Apr 2016

Australian Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should direct Treasurer Scott Morrison not to attend the upcoming Australian Christian Lobby national conference.

Treasurer Scott Morrison is scheduled to appear as a speaker at the conference on Saturday, April 23, in Sydney, alongside commentators who are known for their anti-LGBTI views.

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Ditch the plebiscite to save pain and money

Robert Simms 31 Mar 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) support for marriage equality is further evidence of the need for the government to legislate for this reform, say the Australian Greens.

"Today's endorsement of marriage equality reflects what the advocates have been saying for some time. We know that discrimination negatively impacts on mental health and wellbeing," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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