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Greens seek Gonski amendments to guarantee transparency

Penny Wright 25 Jun 2013

Australian Greens will tomorrow seek to amend the Gonski legislation to enshrine accountability and anti-discrimination principles in the new school funding system.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said transparency was essential to make sure the billions of taxpayer dollars would make a real difference in Australian schools.

"These amendments will ensure money goes to schools, not bureaucracies," Senator Wright said.

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Greens call for fix to discrimination law gap

Blanket exemptions from Labor's sex discrimination laws will leave many vulnerable, says Australian spokesperson on Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright.

Senators from Labor and Liberal parties today refused sign on Senator Wright's recommended changes to the laws, which retain exemptions for religious organisation.

"These exemptions mean a health or homelessness service could refuse to help a transgender person, while a religious school could turn away children because their parents are gay.

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Religious organisations still free to discriminate under Labor

Legislating protections for LGBTI Australians against discrimination is an important step but remaining exceptions for religious organisations are a disappointing failing of the Labor Party, the Australian Greens said.

“Gay and lesbian Australians deserve to be protected from discrimination across the board but today the Labor have shown they don’t have the conviction to deliver that,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Mardi Gras brutality accusations concerning

Allegations of excessive use of force by police officers at this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations are deeply concerning, the Australian Greens say.

“What a shame that such a successful event, which applauds tolerance in the Australian community, now has a cloud cast over it by multiple allegations of police brutality,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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‘Offend’ rethink offers chance for further scrutiny

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Attorney General's decision to remove the prohibition on causing offence in the draft anti-discrimination bill.

Greens spokesperson on legal affairs Senator Penny Wright said the move would allow public scrutiny to turn to other areas of improvement needed in the legislation.

"Attorney General Nicola Roxon has made the right decision to remove this clause, which was, I believe, an unintentional overreach and drafting error," Senator Wright said.

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Penny's Blog: Intersex Australians overlooked in anti-discrimination laws

In this day and age, we rightly say it is unacceptable to discriminate against people because they are male or female. Over decades, politicians around the country have designed laws to prevent discrimination and give people an avenue of appeal against unfair treatment.

Under proposed new laws, it will be illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sex or gender identity in all areas of public life. This is a welcome step.

However, there is still no legal protection from discrimination for those who are neither male nor female. 

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