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Greens: stop playing games with Victoria's transport woes

Australia's supposed public transport loving PM has let Victorian commuters down by redirecting East West Link funding to other roads, say the Greens. 

“The state and federal governments need to stop playing games with infrastructure and start acting in the best interests of Victorian commuters,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

"Victorians voted to dump the East West Link in favour of world class public transport, but all this announcement provides is more and more roads.

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Pressure from HIV advocates and the Greens brings HIV prevention a step closer

Janet Rice 9 Nov 2016

Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice has welcomed the Health Minister’s comments that the government is progressing the cause to get HIV prevention medication listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) so it’s accessible to everyone who needs it.

“The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s decision to licence HIV drug Truvada in May was an important step in the fight to end HIV transmission in Australia, but the high price tag remains a barrier to people who need it,” said Senator Rice.

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Expensive, unnecessary and now defeated plebiscite bill relegated to the graveyard of bad ideas

Janet Rice 8 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens have labelled the defeat of the plebiscite bill in the Senate as a win for common sense, equality and justice.

“Tonight the plebiscite on marriage equality was defeated in the Senate, and tonight we moved forward towards equality,” said the Australian Greens’ LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The Greens are proud to have stood with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer communities against this plebiscite and we recognise, share and draw strength from the determination of this community to achieve the equality everyone deserves.

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90,000 signatures tabled as nail in the coffin for doomed plebiscite

Janet Rice 7 Nov 2016

Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Janet Rice will today table a petition from campaign groups just.equal and All Out, signed by more than 90,000 people calling on the parliament to stop the expensive and unnecessary plebiscite and allow a free vote on marriage equality.

“This petition is further proof of the public’s overwhelming support for consigning the Abbott-era plebiscite to the bin,” said Senator Rice.

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Government must stop saddling up with the racing industry and protect the Hooded Plover

Janet Rice 28 Oct 2016

Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice has joined community groups to blockade race horse training on the breeding ground of vulnerable Hooded Plover on Belfast Coastal Reserve.

“It’s unacceptable to see the commercial interests of a few cowboys in the horse training industry take over these pristine Victorian beaches, and trump the survival of the Hooded Plover,” said Senator Rice.

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Australia needs an Agriculture Minister that specialises in agriculture, not secrecy.

Australia needs an Agriculture Minister that specialises in agriculture, not secrecy.

The Greens say recent revelations about Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce spending tens of thousands of dollars to hide a letter add to his refusal to release a cost-benefit analysis for moving the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, and raise serious questions about his integrity.

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