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Australian Greens welcome City of Moreland’s change the date push

I welcome the City of Moreland joining the push to change the date of Australia Day to ensure everyone is welcome, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“It is clear that the current date for Australia Day is seen as a day of invasion for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is considered a day of grieving for many.

“We are kind and inclusive nation and simply moving the day to a date where everyone can celebrate this wonderful country makes sense. 

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National MPs should go and talk to Newstart recipients in their communities rather than demand they be dumped on the cashless welfare card

The group of Federal National MPs campaigning to apply the cashless welfare card to Newstart recipients shows a true disconnect from those in their communities struggling to get by, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“These National MPs are sat in their offices vilifying members of the community struggling to find work, they should get out there and talk to the people they are demonising and want to restrict how they manage their money.

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Senate agrees to strike out Dutton's hateful Citizenship Bill

The Senate has agreed to strike Peter Dutton's divisive Citizenship Bill from the Senate Notice Paper if it has not been voted on within four sitting days.

"This is a big win for the many thousands of people whose lives have been put on hold in the five months since this legislation was first announced," Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"These are people who are studying, working and raising families in Australia already - soon they will be able to start planning for their futures."

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Rachel Siewert receives Missen Award for integrity in politics

I would like to congratulate my dear friend and colleague Senator Rachel Siewert for winning the prestigious Missen Award for integrity in politics.

Rachel has been an outstanding advocate and member of parliament, who has dedicated her time as a Senator to assisting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community.

It is pretty well known in Parliament House across party lines that Rachel is one of the hardest working Senators in this place.

As a senate committee chair she has a reputation for getting consensus on committee reports that lead to real outcomes.

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Motion: LGBTIQ Homelessness

NOTICE OF MOTION                                                                                   12 September 2017

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move  –

That the Senate –

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Motion: Bondi Pavilion

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Senator Rhiannon (New South Wales) (16:15): I inform the chamber that Senator Dastyari will also sponsor general business notice of motion No. 489 for today. I seek to leave to amend the motion standing in my name and the name of Senator Dastyari, relating to the Bondi Pavilion.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I, and also on behalf of Senator Dastyari, move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

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Bill: Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:17): The Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 reflects the work of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, of which I am a member. We took a great deal of advice on this matter, and this is the bill that has now come before us. I think it's worth making a few comments about the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. I certainly feel fortunate to be on the committee.

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