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Greens call on federal government to pressure Malaysia over LGBTIQ crackdown

Janet Rice 28 Aug 2018

The Greens are calling on the federal government to immediately raise the strongest of concerns with the Malaysian government about oppression and persecution of the Malaysian LGBTIQ community.

The crackdown includes a horrific caning sentence due to be carried out today on two women who are being punished for having sex, the detention of 20 men in a gay club who were ordered into counselling for ‘illicit behaviour’, the brutal beating of a trans woman on the street and the removal of photographs of LGBTIQ activists from a state-sponsored exhibition.

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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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Wagga Wagga 78er challenges new Deputy Prime Minister to join him at Mardi Gras

MEDIA RELEASE - 1 March 2018

Wagga Wagga 78er challenges new Deputy Prime Minister to join him at Mardi Gras

Ray Goodlass a resident of Wagga Wagga and one of the famous Mardi Gras 78ers has extended an invitation to new Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack to join him at the 40th anniversary Mardi Gras parade in Sydney.

In 1993 as editor of the Daily Advertiser in Wagga Wagga, McCormack wrote incredibly inflammatory and homophobic remarks in regards to the LGBTQIA+ community. McCormack has since released an apology for those remarks.

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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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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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