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Government should take advice from actual Solicitor-General on plebiscite

Janet Rice 7 Oct 2016

Revelations that the Attorney-General rejected advice from the Solicitor-General on a marriage equality plebiscite should end any speculation about the possibility of the taxpayer-fund opinion poll, say the Greens.

“If a plebiscite looked unlikely before this, it should now be dead in the water,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“This abuse of process is the peak of partisanship.

“The Attorney-General can’t just go to a Howard-era solicitor-general when he needs advice to fit the government’s world view.

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Labor must rule out a plebiscite once and for all

Janet Rice 23 Sep 2016

The Greens have called on Labor to immediately and completely rule out supporting a harmful and divisive equal marriage plebiscite.

“Time and time again, we’ve heard Labor MPs declare their opposition to a plebiscite on marriage equality ,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Turnbull caves in on plebiscite funding

Janet Rice 13 Sep 2016

Turnbull caves in on plebiscite funding

The Greens have urged Labor to fully commit to block any marriage equality plebiscite, after Cabinet proposed a date, question and campaign funding for the government’s proposed plebiscite.

“Malcolm Turnbull has caved in to his backbench again,” said the Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens back Gayby Baby toolkit

Janet Rice 7 Sep 2016

Greens back Gayby Baby toolkit

The Greens have attacked moves by the NSW government to remove the Gayby Baby School Action Toolkit from state schools.

“The NSW Education Minister has pulled a valuable resource that his own department has supported, seemingly because he was told about it by the media,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens will vote against plebiscite legislation

The Australian Greens have resolved to vote against any legislation enabling a plebiscite on marriage equality.

"No matter what the enabling legislation for a plebiscite looks like, the Greens will vote against it. We should never put questions of human rights to an opinion poll," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"The easiest, simplest, quickest, most effective, least costly and least harmful way of ensuring equality in marriage is through a vote in the parliament, and we can do that next week should the Prime Minister decide to show some leadership.

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