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$41.5 million postal marriage survey underspend must go into LGBTIQ mental health services: Greens

It has been revealed in the Government Mid-Year Economic Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) that the marriage equality postal survey came in $41.5m under budget; this must now go towards mental health services for LGBTIQ people, the Australian Greens said today. 

“While we are all overjoyed about finally achieving marriage equality in Australia, this survey should never have happened in the first place and it was a huge outlay of tax payer money for an unnecessary exercise that hurt our LGBTIQ communities,” said Senator Janet Rice, the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

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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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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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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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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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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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Participation rate in postal survey is heartening, but Greens will continue working to ensure every YES vote is posted

Janet Rice 3 Oct 2017

The Australian Greens say that the update from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that 57.5% of votes have been returned in the marriage equality postal survey is heartening, but they will not take anything for granted and will continue campaigning for a ‘yes’ win.

“It’s a good sign that so many ballots have been returned – it just goes to show that Australians care deeply about this issue, despite this process being forced on us when there was a much easier and less harmful way,” said Senator Janet Rice, Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

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