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A message from Robert Simms:

Robert Simms 17 Mar 2016

I've just walked out of the Senate, where the Labor Party has just prevented another vote on marriage equality. I know the activities of Parliament this week have been confusing. So, I wanted to tell you all, straight away, the truth.

Labor have decided that waging a political war with us over Senate voting reform is more important than the love and relationships of LGBT Australians, like me. I am so disappointed. I know that many people in our community will be too.

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Labor sides with the Liberals to dodge marriage equality vote

Janet Rice 17 Mar 2016

The Greens are disappointed that the Australian Labor Party has sided with the Liberals to prevent a vote on marriage equality in the parliament today.

"Earlier today in a last ditch effort to derail senate reform, Labor tried to drag out debate on marriage equality. The Greens opposed this and instead moved to actually vote for marriage equality," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Time for Turnbull to stand for something and protect LGBTI youth

The Australian Greens are calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand up to the conservative backbenchers trying to derail and discredit the vital work of the Safe Schools Coalition.

"The lives of LGBTI young people are on the line here. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to draw a line in the sand - he can't throw LGBTI kids under the bus just to ensure he maintains power," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"It's time for Mr Turnbull to stand for something and protecting LGBTI young people is a good first step."

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A debate on Marriage Equality

Senator FIFIELD

I move:

That the following general business orders of the day be considered on Thursday, 17 March 2016 under consideration of private senators' bills:

No. 84 Social Security Amendment (Diabetes Support) Bill 2016

No. 68 Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2015.

Senator SIMMS

I move the amendment circulated in my name:

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The Government must ignore conservative tantrums on Safe Schools: Greens

The backbench MPs opposed to the Safe Schools Coalition must drop their attack on the program following the Government's review and move on, say the Greens.

"This review was pointless to begin with and now we've got coalition MPs throwing a tantrum because they don't like the outcome. They need to put the safety and well-being of LGBTI young people ahead of their political ideology and stop their homophobic crusade against Safe Schools," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Senate could pass Greens Same-Sex Marriage Bill on Thursday

Robert Simms 15 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens have secured time on Thursday to debate the Greens' Marriage Equality Amendment Bill and are calling on the Government, ALP and crossbenchers to vote in favour of the reform.

"The Greens have secured an opportunity to bring on a vote in the senate for marriage equality this Thursday during private senator's time," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"Today we've seen misleading and outrageous claims from Labor that the Greens voted against our own same-sex marriage bill. This is simply untrue.

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Greens to bring marriage equality to Senate vote on Thursday

Robert Simms 15 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens will be moving to bring the issue of marriage equality to a vote in the Senate on Thursday.

"This matter has been debated in the community and the parliament for years, it's time for a vote," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"The Labor party has private senators' time available on Thursday and we will be moving to use this time to debate and vote on the Greens' marriage equality bill.

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How can we save $525 million? Dump the marriage equality plebiscite and bring on a free vote

Robert Simms 15 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens say Malcolm Turnbull should dump his plan for a plebiscite on marriage equality, following new research that shows it will cost the economy more than half a billion dollars.

"Today's PwC report should really be the nail in the coffin of this plebiscite plan. How can a prime minister who promised to get our national economy back on track proceed with such a flagrant waste of tax payer money?" Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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End the plebiscite guessing game with a free vote in the parliament: Greens

Robert Simms 7 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to dump the marriage equality plebiscite and bring on a free vote in the parliament.

"The confusion continues today with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney General George Brandis appearing to take different positions on the plebiscite timeline," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"The plebiscite plan has completely unraveled over the past few months.

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