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People’s wellbeing must be put before internal political squabbles

Janet Rice 10 Oct 2016

On World Mental Health Day, the Greens have urged the Turnbull government to consider the potential harm of a marriage equality plebiscite.

“World Mental Health Day is an opportunity time to foster good mental health, not put it at risk,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The Prime Minister must recognise that government policy must not be detrimental to people's mental wellbeing, starting with his party’s proposed plebiscite.

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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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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 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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