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Labor sides with the Liberals to dodge marriage equality vote

Janet Rice 17 Mar 2016

The Greens are disappointed that the Australian Labor Party has sided with the Liberals to prevent a vote on marriage equality in the parliament today.

"Earlier today in a last ditch effort to derail senate reform, Labor tried to drag out debate on marriage equality. The Greens opposed this and instead moved to actually vote for marriage equality," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Post-election plebiscite would be harmful and unnecessary

Janet Rice 16 Sep 2015

I wish to speak to the report of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee on the marriage equality plebiscite. The Australian Greens completely support the recommendation that the issue of marriage equality be decided by a vote in the parliament. We believe the committee report is an excellent articulation of the reasons as to why it is the case that marriage equality should be resolved by a vote of the parliament.

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Turnbull jumps the gun on marriage plebiscite

Janet Rice 16 Sep 2015

Turnbull jumps the gun on marriage plebiscite

A Senate inquiry has confirmed that a marriage plebiscite after the next election would be harmful and unnecessary.

“The new Prime Minister had a chance to show he wasn’t beholden to the more extreme elements of his party, and sadly he has failed,” said Senator Janet Rice, who initiated the senate inquiry to examine the implications of a plebiscite on the question of marriage equality.

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Have your say on marriage equality plebiscite

Janet Rice 27 Aug 2015

Have your say on marriage equality plebiscite

Submissions have opened on the Senate inquiry into the form of any plebiscite that may be held on marriage equality.

“We’re so close to marriage equality but Tony Abbott insists on holding us back with delay tactics, like suggestions of a referendum or plebiscite,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Senate puts “people’s vote” into the hands of people

Adam Bandt 20 Aug 2015

Senate puts “people’s vote” into the hands of people

While the cross-party marriage equality bill is still live in the House of Representatives, the Senate has established an inquiry into any plebiscite that would be held on marriage equality.

“This brings discussions over a plebiscite from behind the closed doors of the Liberal and National party room out into the open,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ issues Senator Janet Rice.

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Plebiscite bill an Abbott insurance policy

Janet Rice 19 Aug 2015

Plebiscite bill an Abbott insurance policy

The Greens are committed to a successful vote on marriage equality in the Parliament, but have presented a cross-party bill to the Senate to ensure any plebiscite is not held on Tony Abbott’s terms.

“We can’t allow the Prime Minister another disastrous Captain’s Pick, so this is our Abbott insurance scheme,” said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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