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Greens welcome family court’s decision to allow trans young people access to hormones

Janet Rice 30 Nov 2017

The Australian Greens welcome today’s Family Court decision that will allow trans young people to access the medication they need on the advice of their medical professionals, without having to go through an time consuming and expensive court process.

“This is a great result for all trans and gender diverse young people,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

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Dastyari, Turnbull donations: another example of how business figures gain influence?

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 30 November 2017

Dastyari, Turnbull donations: another example of how business figures gain influence?

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for far reaching electoral funding reform in the wake of both Senator Sam Dastyari and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull links with questionable political donations.

"Political donations are having a corrupting influence on Australian political life, and they certainly add to the public's cynicism about what influences government decisions," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Senate supports $20 million from postal survey redirected to mental health services

The Australian Greens have secured senate support for a motion calling for the $20 million not spent in the marriage equality postal survey to be directed to mental health services.  

“The marriage equality survey came in $20 million under budget, meanwhile mental health services were put under immense pressure due to the scrutiny inflicted on the LGBTIQ community, having a significant impact on their mental health”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Mental Health Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

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NSW government will nail themselves into the same coffin as the QLD major parties

"The Queensland state election results prove that new coal projects are an economic, environmental, social, and now an electoral disaster,” says Australian Greens spokesperson for Mining & Resources and Senator for Queensland, Andrew Bartlett.

“Support for the two major parties fell to the lowest on record since 1904 because the people of Queensland are sick of politicians in the pockets of big business."

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Disability representation in the workplace is a national disgrace

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Almost one in two Australians living with a disability are unemployed compared to the national average of 5.4 per cent, a national disgrace according to Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John.

“It is abundantly clear from Senator Fifield’s lacklustre response in question time today that the Turnbull Government has no plans to seriously address high rates of unemployment amongst the disability community,” Senator Steele-John said.

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Further delays to already outdated NBN signal clear need for FTTP upgrade

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Australians need a National Broadband Network for the digital future, not further delays to an already outdated system, said Australian Greens NBN spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John today.

“Yesterday it was announced there would be up to 9 months delays for customers slated to connect to the NBN via Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) to perform further testing. In practice this will mean those customers are simply waiting 9 months longer for sub-standard connectivity,” Senator Steele-John said.

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Senate acknowledges significance of Mungo Man’s return to country

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion that recognises the significance of the 42,000 year old remains of Mungo Man being returned to country.

“Mungo Man was excavated and taken off country over 40 years ago by a young geologist. This month he was finally returned to his original resting place, and the significance of that has now been acknowledged in the Senate.

“The senate not only acknowledges this significance, but pays respects to Aboriginal communities that have fought so hard over the years to bring Mungo Man back to country.

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Lee on the Marriage Amendment Bill (2017)

Lee Rhiannon 28 Nov 2017

On Monday 27th of November, 2017, Lee gave the following speech in the Senate.

 To Senator Dean Smith: thank you so much for your speech. I found it incredibly moving and it captured the unique circumstances that are about to deliver marriage equality. To senators Janet Rice, Penny Wong, Louise Pratt and Sarah Hanson-Young: your speeches also took us into the intensity of this issue in terms of people's feelings and the long road that it has taken to get us to this point. Thank you so much for your words and actions. I found them extremely moving.

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