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Australian Greens call on the Government to invest $20 million left over from postal survey into mental health services for LGBTIQ people

Janet Rice 17 Nov 2017

While we are all overjoyed about the postal survey result yesterday, this survey should never have happened in the first place and it was a huge waste of tax payer money.

“There are reports that the marriage equality postal survey came in $20 million under budget, said Senator Janet Rice, the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

“Many LGBTIQ people will remain scarred by the traumatic ordeal the Government has put them through. Mr Turnbull could start making amends by investing this $20 million into mental health services for LGBTIQ people.

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Nationals and Labor abandon commitment to protecting Liverpool Plains from mining

New England Greens candidate Pete Wills and Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon have blasted the ALP for their abandonment of NSW Labor leader Luke Foley’s commitment to protecting the New England region from mining.

Senator Rhiannon today moved a motion calling on the government to ‘protect agricultural groundwater systems by placing a moratorium on Commonwealth approval of proposed coal and coal seam gas mining projects on the Liverpool Plains, Namoi Valley and Gunnedah Basin.’

New England Greens candidate Pete Wills worked with Senator Rhiannon on the motion.

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Greens welcome the ‘yes’ result and look forward to passing the cross-party legislation

Janet Rice 15 Nov 2017

The Australian Greens welcome today’s ‘yes’ result and look forward to passing cross-party legislation in parliament as soon as possible.

“I am delighted at today’s result. Australia has voted ‘yes’ to love, ‘yes’ to human rights, ‘yes’ to equality,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

“I know that right across the country there will be celebration and relief that Australians chose love and voted ‘yes’. I can’t wait to hear the wedding bells ringing for LGBTIQ couples as soon as possible.”

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Greens pleased to be part of cross-party marriage bill if Australia says ‘yes’

Janet Rice 14 Nov 2017

The Greens are pleased to be a part of this cross-party marriage bill along with Senator Dean Smith, who proposed a draft of this bill some months ago, members of the Liberal and Labor parties and crossbench senators from the Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party and the Nick Xenophon Team.

“We’re on the brink of an historic reform, so it is wonderful to have cross-party support,” said Senator Rice. “We don’t want to pre-empt tomorrow’s survey result, but we want to make marriage equality a reality at the earliest opportunity, so we’re getting ready now.”

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