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IDAHOBIT 2018 motion passes Senate

Janet Rice 10 May 2018

Senator RICE (Victoria) (11:55):  I, and on behalf of Senator Pratt, move:

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

            (i) 17 May 2018 is International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, lntersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), and

            (ii) IDAHOBIT is an opportunity to acknowledge the discrimination, exclusion and violence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people still face in Australia and overseas; and

(b) calls on all parliamentarians to:

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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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