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Greens urge Australian Government to fast-track PrEP as Canada approves HIV prevention drug

Robert Simms 4 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to fast-track the approval of HIV-prevention medication, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), following Canada approving it.

Canada joined the United States and France in approving Truvada late last month.

"The approval of PrEP drugs should be fast-tracked by the Australian Government," said the Greens' spokesperson on Sexuality, Senator Robert Simms.

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70,000+ agree: Safe Schools program must continue

The Australian Greens will tonight table two petitions - one from the Greens and one from international LGBTIQ advocacy group All Out - totaling more 70,000 signatures supporting Safe Schools. The petitions were launched in response to Senator Cory Bernardi's petition of 9499 that lead to the Prime Minister calling for an investigation into the program.

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Simms in the Senate Update - March 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers the Greens' campaign to make schools safe for LGBTI students, why there should be no nuclear waste dump in South Australia, the inquiry into BP's exploration of the Great Australian Bight, green cars being key to SA's economic future, a Valentine's Day push for marriage equality legislation, how to take the 2016 Student Survey, and more.

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Homophobic pamphlet window into anti-marriage equality campaign

Robert Simms 29 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens have warned a homophobic pamphlet distributed by former a Liberal MP is a window into the campaign being planned by opponents of marriage equality, in preparation for a plebiscite on the issue.

"During the last week we have seen a tsunami of vile homophobia fanned by people like Cory Bernardi and George Christensen. This flyer is the latest example of this ugly campaign against equality," Greens marriage equality and sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Turnbull should condemn Christensen's comments

Robert Simms 26 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens are calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reprimand George Christensen after his homophobic comments about the valuable Safe Schools program to Parliament on Thursday night.

"To compare a program that's about helping young people to 'grooming' is utterly reprehensible. It's profoundly offensive and deeply hurtful," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"The Prime Minister should condemn this homophobia, rather than indulging it through this senseless investigation into safe schools.

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20,000 (and counting) support Safe School Coalition petition

Janet Rice 25 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens are delighted to announce the petition calling for support for the Safe Schools Coalition has received more than 20,000 signatures in less than two days.

"We launched this petition in response to the 9499 signatures on Cory Bernardi's petition against the Safe Schools program and it's come as no surprise that Australians have overwhelmingly supported a program that promotes inclusiveness of LGBTI young people in our schools," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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