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Carla’s love of pink no justification for gender assignment surgery

Janet Rice 8 Dec 2016

The Greens say that the 5-year-old Australian child known as Carla should have been allowed to choose their own gender at an appropriate time, rather than the Family Court approving gender assignment surgery.

“Liking the colour pink is no justification for enforcing gender assignment surgery on a 5-year-old,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“Being intersex is not about sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. It is a question of biological variation.”

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Barnaby must scrap APVMA move

The Greens have called on the federal government to scrap the proposal to move the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, after a new report showed that less than 10% of current scientists are expected to stay.

“Minister Barnaby Joyce has failed to consult with staff, stakeholders and the community,” said the Australian Greens Agriculture spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The decision to uproot the lives of APVMA staff and their families to the Member for New England’s own electorate is nothing short of pork barrelling, but he can’t even get that right.

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MOTION: Regional Forest Agreements

Janet Rice 2 Dec 2016

Senator RICE: I move:

(a) notes that:

   (i) Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) have been in place as 20-year agreements, designed to manage the conservation and forestry industry considerations for key areas of Australia's public native forests,

   (ii) the first Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), the East Gippsland RFA, expires in February 2017,

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MOTION: World AIDS Day 2016

Janet Rice 2 Dec 2016

Senator SMITH (Liberal Party): I, and also on behalf of Senators Pratt and Rice, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 1 December 2016 is World AIDS Day, which is held every year to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, and is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died,

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Foreign ownership of water on agricultural land

 I rise today to speak to the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Amendment (Water) Bill 2016. The bill before us today would fulfil a longstanding commitment of the Greens to create a register of water holdings by foreign nationals. Indeed, this is the second stage of our foreign agricultural reform package, following last year's passage of legislation to develop a Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land and to lower the Foreign Investment Review Board's threshold of agricultural sales to foreign investors.

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Greens announce end to backpacker tax deadlock and $100mil for Landcare

Senator Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader said today, “This is a victory for farmers who have been watching their fruit wither and die on the vine. Farmers have already lost tens of thousands of dollars waiting for politicians in Canberra to agree on an outcome. With this agreement, they will wait no longer.

“Rural communities have been desperate for someone to clean up this mess with a sensible solution and the Greens have heard them.”

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Senate unites to support World AIDS Day

Janet Rice 1 Dec 2016

In recognition that today is World AIDS Day, the Senate has passed a motion reaffirming Australia’s commitment to ending HIV transmission by 2020.

“World AIDS Day is a time to honour those we've lost, challenge the stigma that still exists and look to the future,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“AIDS is no longer a death sentence, but the number of new cases is stubbornly remaining at over 1000 people a year. That is 1000 too many.

“By taking the right steps, we can consign AIDS to the dustbin of history.

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