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$527 million funding for Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation is a massive win for disabled people, not Morrison Government

 

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called the announcement of $527 million to be allocated in tomorrow's budget for a Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation as a massive win for disabled people.

“Finally, we have the opportunity for justice,” Steele-John said.

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After One Nation Gun Revelations, Scott Morrison must commit to putting them last

Mehreen Faruqi 26 Mar 2019

Australian Greens Gun Control Spokesperson, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, has commented on reports that Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party has been meeting the National Rifle Assocation and offering to weaken Australia's gun laws in exchange for political donations. 

Senator Faruqi said:

"Reports showing that One Nation was trying to get political donations and support from the National Rifle Association in exchange for weakening gun laws is a dire warning for Australia.

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Morrison’s new laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

Nick McKim 13 Dec 2018

A Religious Discrimination Act should not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws, the Australian Greens say, following the release of the government’s response to the Ruddock Review.

Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said: “Religious freedom cannot be viewed in isolation, nor should it be used as a political weapon in an act of vengeance for the marriage equality vote.”

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Morrison’s new laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

A Religious Discrimination Act should not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws, the Australian Greens say, following the release of the government’s response to the Ruddock Review.

Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said: “Religious freedom cannot be viewed in isolation, nor should it be used as a political weapon in an act of vengeance for the marriage equality vote.”

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Senate Votes in Favour of Australian Greens Motion for Strong Gun Control

Mehreen Faruqi 28 Nov 2018

Australian Greens Spokesperson for Gun Control and Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has welcomed the Senate voting for her motion reaffirming support for the National Firearms Agreement and rejecting tactics of the gun lobby to weaken our gun laws. The Greens motion was supported by Labor, Senator Hinch, Senator Storer and Centre Alliance and opposed by the Government.

Senator Faruqi said:

"Passing this motion is a welcome sign that the Parliament will not give in to the gun lobby which seeks to water down our successful gun control laws in order to sell more guns. 

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Speech: The Gun Lobby's NRA tactics

Mehreen Faruqi 28 Nov 2018

The gun lobby's attempts to replicate NRA tactics in Australia are reprehensible and must be rejected. The NRA is a blight on American democracy. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia, SIFA, is bankrolled by the gun industry heavyweights, such as Beretta. The gun lobby is becoming increasingly active in election campaigns, with a clear strategy to weaken our gun laws. SIFA contributed $220,000 to a political campaign in Queensland last year and at least $165,000 to a political campaign in Victoria this year. This shouldn't just alarm us; it should terrify us all.

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Defence call out laws

Nick McKim 27 Nov 2018

The passage of laws to make it easier for Governments to use the army within Australia is a dangerous step for our country, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim said.

“Armies are not primarily trained for policing situations. They are trained to fight wars,” Senator McKim said.

“It is police forces that are trained primarily to maintain order and to keep the peace domestically in our country.”

“This legislation further blurs the lines between police forces and the Australian Defence Force, and is certain to be abused by authoritarian governments in the future.” 

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Dutton and Morrison’s latest attack on the rule of law

Nick McKim 22 Nov 2018

Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton’s plans to leave people stateless is yet another attack on the rule of law and people’s fundamental rights, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“This is another dangerous step down the road to a police state. It undermines the rule of law and the presumption of innocence,” Senator McKim said.

“Leaving people stateless was even a step too far for Tony Abbott. It is a disgrace that this government could even consider such a move.”

“Dutton has repeatedly shown he cannot be trusted with the massive powers he already has.”

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Queensland’s staggering pokies losses show urgent need for political donation ban

Larissa Waters 4 Oct 2018

Queensland Greens Senator and spokesperson for gambling, Larissa Waters, said reports today that Queenslanders lost on average, a record-breaking $7 million a day in August 2018, shows the urgent need to ban political donations by the gambling industry.

“While the greedy gambling industry sits in the back pocket of the major political parties there will never be any real action to keep the community safe from predatory pokies,” Senator Waters said.

“There must be urgent action to curb these enormous losses and harm caused by poker machines.

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