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Senate calls on govt to take responsibility for homelessness distress

Janet Rice 14 Feb 2017

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

    (i) Melbourne is currently facing a housing crisis, with record numbers of people experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough in streets and parks,

    (ii) over 100 people are turned away from crisis accommodation every night in Victoria, and there are 32,000 people on the public housing waiting list,

    (iii) emergency housing services and other frontline services are operating above their capacity, and

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Turnbull the great leech of our trains, trams and buses

In parliament yesterday we heard the Prime Minister accuse the Leader of the Opposition of being a parasite. But, when it comes to public transport policy in Australia, Prime Minister Turnbull is the great leech of our trains, trams and buses. He is more than happy to try and boost his popularity by taking selfies of himself on the train or—his second favourite—bus, but when it comes to investing in public transport he is just absent. He sucking the life out of public transport across our cities and propping up the big road lobby instead.

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Further to go to make sure our food is labelled clearly and efficiently

I rise today to speak on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016. The Greens have been leading the way on country-of-origin labelling law for years. We want to see labelling laws that work for Australians—that work for Australian farmers, manufacturers and consumers. Since 1998 we have been working with the industry to develop our proposal to make country-of-origin labelling mandatory for all packaged and unpackaged food sold in Australia.

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Value capture proposal not the silver bullet for high speed rail

The Greens have warned that a Parliamentary Committee’s support for value capture for high speed rail along Australia’s east coast is fraught with danger.

“High speed rail is going to be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in our history. We have to get it right, and not have the project twisted just because it suits the interests of a select few money-hungry developers,” said the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Failed logging laws secretly renewed

Janet Rice 3 Feb 2017

The Victorian and federal governments appear to have quietly extended the East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement, prompting the Greens to call for the failed logging laws to be scrapped. 

“This is clearly something they aren’t proud of, or both governments would be spruiking the law’s benefits for jobs and the environment,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens forests spokesperson.

“Instead, we have what seems to be a dirty deal done in a dark parking lot.

“Australians have every right to be appalled that their forests will continue to be destroyed.

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Inquiry shows path forward for marriage equality

Janet Rice 25 Jan 2017

A Senate Inquiry has shown that equal marriage is possible in this term of Parliament, despite highlighting flaws in the federal government’s draft Bill.

“This Inquiry is another step in the journey towards marriage equality,” said the Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“We’ve heard from so many people and organisations that exemptions aren't needed to protect religious freedoms and would entrench discrimination.

“We would not allow conscientious objections for celebrants based on age or race, and we should not allow objections for gender or sexuality.

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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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