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A process not a postcode for nuclear waste

Scott Ludlam 10 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens would containerise nuclear waste at Lucas Heights waste facility while an independent, national inquiry into radioactive waste production and management was undertaken.

The dedicated public inquiry would investigate best possible management options for storing nuclear waste, consideration of waste minimisation options while maintaining the federal legislative prohibitions on the importation, storage and disposal of international nuclear waste.

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Fight for final SA Senate seat heats up

Greens Senator for SA Robert Simms has challenged conservative Family First Senator Bob Day to a debate ahead of the July 2 election following the launch of the website www.robnotbob.com.

"The final senate seat in South Australia is likely to come down to myself or Bob Day, and the choice couldn't be starker. The climate change denying, homophobia of the Family First party versus the progressive, forward-looking agenda of the Greens," Senator Simms said.

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SA’s future looks brighter than ever

The Australian Greens have welcomed plans from a second company working towards building a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta.

"It's fantastic to see a second solid proposal to build a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta. The world is seeing what the community and The Greens have seen for years: Port Augusta is on the cusp of being a renewables powerhouse," Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms said.

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Greens push to extend Frome Street Bikeway and boost SA public transport

Adelaide's Frome Street Bikeway would finally be extended to the River Torrens, under a Greens plan to invest more than half a billion dollars in public transport and cycling infrastructure in South Australia.

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms said the Greens would allocate $18 million to fund the completion of the Frome Street Bikeway. "It's time to end the Frome Street Bikeway saga and see a clear commitment from government to extend the separated bikeway up to the River Torrens," said Senator Simms.

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Bring on a marriage equality vote in the parliament: Greens

Robert Simms 30 May 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to grant LNP members a free parliamentary vote on marriage equality if he is returned to government, rather than conducting a costly and divisive plebiscite.

"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's comments today would give some Australians the inkling that we could have marriage equality realised by the end of the year - but we can do it without spending $160 million and sending people straight back to the polls after a marathon election campaign," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Labor missing opportunity to combat LGBTI discrimination

Robert Simms 24 May 2016

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the ALP are missing an opportunity to stamp out discrimination against LGBTI Australians by ruling out removing religious exemptions to the Sex Discrimination Act, the Greens say.

"It's disappointing that just days after Labor released plans for an LGBTI Commissioner, they are locking themselves into supporting discriminatory laws against LGBTI Australians," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Labor’s LGBTI plan won’t end discrimination

Robert Simms 23 May 2016

The Australian Greens urge the Labor party to join them in committing to removing religious exemptions to the Sex Discrimination Act, following Rainbow Labor's announcement to appoint an LGBTI discrimination commissioner.

"While Labor's plan to appoint a LGBTI discrimination commissioner would certainly be a welcome focus on advancing LGBTI rights, we still don't have a clear commitment from the ALP that they will end discrimination against LGBTI people under the law," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Labor must be clear on anti-discrimination stance

Robert Simms 19 May 2016

The Australian Greens are urging Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to back the Greens' push to remove religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws and protect the rights of LGBTI Australians.

"It seems that while Labor's legal affairs spokesperson Mark Dreyfus agrees with the Greens position that no-one should be discriminated against for their sexuality or gender identity, the jury is still out for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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BP must abandon its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight: Greens

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms is calling on BP to abandon its plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight after its secret environmental plan was knocked back by NOPSEMA a second time.

"It's clear BP aren't respecting of the precious Great Australian Bight environment as once again NOPSEMA determine that BP's shoddy environmental plan requires modifications," Senator Simms said.

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