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Senate could pass Greens Same-Sex Marriage Bill on Thursday

Robert Simms 15 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens have secured time on Thursday to debate the Greens' Marriage Equality Amendment Bill and are calling on the Government, ALP and crossbenchers to vote in favour of the reform.

"The Greens have secured an opportunity to bring on a vote in the senate for marriage equality this Thursday during private senator's time," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"Today we've seen misleading and outrageous claims from Labor that the Greens voted against our own same-sex marriage bill. This is simply untrue.

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Greens to bring marriage equality to Senate vote on Thursday

Robert Simms 15 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens will be moving to bring the issue of marriage equality to a vote in the Senate on Thursday.

"This matter has been debated in the community and the parliament for years, it's time for a vote," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"The Labor party has private senators' time available on Thursday and we will be moving to use this time to debate and vote on the Greens' marriage equality bill.

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How can we save $525 million? Dump the marriage equality plebiscite and bring on a free vote

Robert Simms 15 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens say Malcolm Turnbull should dump his plan for a plebiscite on marriage equality, following new research that shows it will cost the economy more than half a billion dollars.

"Today's PwC report should really be the nail in the coffin of this plebiscite plan. How can a prime minister who promised to get our national economy back on track proceed with such a flagrant waste of tax payer money?" Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Greens call for blue-green algae plan

The Australian Greens are calling for Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to take action following an outbreak of blue-green algae in the River Murray.

"This outbreak affirms the need for a strong Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Ensuring decent flows in the River Murray prevents blue-green algal blooms from occurring, as we know this algae thrives in still water," Greens water and Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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University students need extra support, not higher fees

Robert Simms 11 Mar 2016

The Greens say the government must abandon its plans to increase university student fees and instead focus on building a sector that provides quality and affordable education, following Education Minister Simon Birmingham's speech to Universities Australia.

"Increasing university fees will saddle students with a lifetime of debt. Australians don't want to see a US-style education system where access to university is based on your bank balance," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Robert Simms.

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More funding, security needed for universities: Greens

Robert Simms 9 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on Education Minister Simon Birmingham to commit to providing universities with adequate funding following a plea from Universities Australia for direction from the government.

"We've heard today that the university sector is on tenterhooks waiting for the government's next move on university funding. The lack of direction being provided by this government leaves both universities and students in a state of flux, uncertain of what the future holds," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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VET reforms failing students shows need to overhaul for-profit sector

Robert Simms 8 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on more support for VET students and increased funding for TAFE amid the continuing failures of the for-profit VET sector.

"The news that up to 24,000 students could be forced by the Phoenix Institute to pay $300 million in course fee loans for an education they won't receive highlights the deficiency in the VET reforms passed by parliament late last year. For as long as we have private for-profit providers receiving public funds, students are at risk of exploitation," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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End the plebiscite guessing game with a free vote in the parliament: Greens

Robert Simms 7 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to dump the marriage equality plebiscite and bring on a free vote in the parliament.

"The confusion continues today with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney General George Brandis appearing to take different positions on the plebiscite timeline," Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"The plebiscite plan has completely unraveled over the past few months.

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BP should cease drilling preparations for Great Australian Bight

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms says BP should cease its preparations to drill for oil and gas in waters off SA.

It was reported today that BP Australia is currently building a supply base in Port Adelaide to serve its desired exploration campaign for oil and gas.

"It's inappropriate and arrogant for BP to be proceeding with the construction of a supply base when they have not been given permission to conduct the drilling," said Senator Simms.

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Greens urge Australian Government to fast-track PrEP as Canada approves HIV prevention drug

Robert Simms 4 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to fast-track the approval of HIV-prevention medication, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), following Canada approving it.

Canada joined the United States and France in approving Truvada late last month.

"The approval of PrEP drugs should be fast-tracked by the Australian Government," said the Greens' spokesperson on Sexuality, Senator Robert Simms.

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