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.
The Australian Greens, together with Senator Xenophon, have successfully launched an inquiry into BP's plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight - a big moment for protecting these breathtaking marine sanctuaries.
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.
Wealthy WA investors use negative gearing more, and gain more of the benefits, than any other state in Australia. These benefits flow to the rich in WA even more than they do in other parts of the country. This has contributed to an overheated, unaffordable housing market here.