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Lunar New Year

Mr BANDT

To all Melburnians and Australians who today are celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Monkey, I say: happy lunar new year. Chuc mung nam moi. Kung hei fat choy. Xin nian kuai le. I extend my very best wishes to all Melburnians for a warm celebration and for time spent together with loved ones.

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Greens say Paris attacks should inspire empathy with asylum seekers

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Syrian refugees beginning to arrive under Australia's emergency intake, cautioning the world against lashing out in anger over the horrific attacks in Paris.

"A united Australian community is much stronger in helping to defeat these threats than one that's divided. Hate is the problem here, it's not the answer," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"As a community we need to recognise that the people seeking refuge in Australia are fleeing the kind of violence and barbarism that we've seen in Paris.

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National Day of Unity: Mothers shouldn’t have to fear divisive legislation

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has spoken at the National Day of Unity launch at Parliament House, calling on the community, the Government and the Opposition to build social cohesion to counter violent extremism, not drive fear with more divisive legislation.

"I know some of the mothers here today are fearing for their children. Right now. Let's resist that. Let's recognise that prevention is the way we build a unified and harmonious nation," Senator Di Natale said to the gathered faith and political leaders.

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Greens stand with Adam Goodes

Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale today expressed the Greens support for Adam Goodes.

“Adam Goodes is a formidable Australian, a champion sportsman and an inspiring advocate for a better and more equal Australia,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The racism and hostility he has faced for celebrating his culture is deeply disappointing. As a nation we should feel proud, not threatened, by the strong and enduring culture of First Australians.

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Senator Rhiannon to speak at the counter 'Reclaim Australia' protest - Sydney

WHAT: The anti-Islamic organisation ‘Reclaim Australia' is holding a series of rallies this weekend all around Australia. 

Peaceful counter rallies have been organised for those who oppose racism, bigotry, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

Senator Rhiannon will be speaking at the Sydney counter rally: No to Racism, No to Fascism, No to Islamophobia.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/346452865546642/

WHEN: 10am Sunday 19 July

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Flags and new titles don’t make us safer: Greens

Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today the radicalisation of young people is a serious issue, that requires a serious response – not grandstanding.

“The first duty of the Prime Minister is to keep people safe but standing in front of flags, handing out titles and appointing new bureaucrats doesn’t make us safer,” said Senator Di Natale.

“My concern is that the daily chest-thumping and grandstanding is making people more fearful and anxious about what is a very serious and challenging issue.

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Greens statement on the Reclaim Australia rallies

Australian Greens spokesperson on multiculturalism, Dr Richard Di Natale, together with Victorian Greens spokesperson on multiculturalism, Nina Springle MLC, today condemned the Reclaim Australia rallies and reaffirmed the Greens support for a multicultural Australia.

“Multiculturalism is one of Australia’s enduring successes and it should be protected.”

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Prevention better than cure, social cohesion is key

The Australian Greens are pushing for a comprehensive plan to strengthen Australian society and help make all Australians safer at home, announcing legislation to establish an independent national body to build social cohesion and prevent extremism. The Australian Centre for Social Cohesion (ACSC) would be tasked with overseeing the development and implementation of key preventative programs that combat social exclusion and stop young Australians from becoming radicalised.

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Racial hate protections must stand

New Private Senators' legislation to change the Racial Discrimination Act should be voted down at the first available opportunity, says Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright.

"This legislation is fanning the flames of division right when we need to be coming together as a nation," Senator Wright said.

"A groundswell of public opinion has defeated this legislation once and we are confident any proposal to bring it back will also fail.

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Greens say unity will combat terror in the Middle East and at home

Greens Leader Christine Milne has called on Australians to stand together against terrorism threats on home soil, saying unity, not war, will deliver lasting peace.

"The best way to keep Australians safe is to bring them together, not blindly follow the US into an unwinnable war in the Middle East," said Senator Milne.

"Are we going to another war in the Middle East because the terror alert has been raised, or the other way around?

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