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70,000+ agree: Safe Schools program must continue

The Australian Greens will tonight table two petitions - one from the Greens and one from international LGBTIQ advocacy group All Out - totaling more 70,000 signatures supporting Safe Schools. The petitions were launched in response to Senator Cory Bernardi's petition of 9499 that lead to the Prime Minister calling for an investigation into the program.

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Senate backs electric cars for SA

The Senate has backed a motion from Australian Greens Senator Robert Simms calling on the government to refocus South Australia's car manufacturing industry on electric cars.

"It's great to see the senate backing this motion for more job creation in SA. Electric car production is a multi-billion industry and one of the fastest growing in the world. Investing in this industry provides an opportunity for us to harness the skills and experience of our manufacturing industry and create new jobs," Senator Simms said.

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Greens call for federal support for electric car manufacturing following Holden announcement

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms is calling on the Federal Government to back his bill currently before parliament to kick-start electric car production in SA, following news that hundreds of jobs will be lost from Holden in Adelaide's North.

"My thoughts are with Holden workers during this difficult time," Senator Simms said.

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Homophobic pamphlet window into anti-marriage equality campaign

Robert Simms 29 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens have warned a homophobic pamphlet distributed by former a Liberal MP is a window into the campaign being planned by opponents of marriage equality, in preparation for a plebiscite on the issue.

"During the last week we have seen a tsunami of vile homophobia fanned by people like Cory Bernardi and George Christensen. This flyer is the latest example of this ugly campaign against equality," Greens marriage equality and sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Turnbull should condemn Christensen's comments

Robert Simms 26 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens are calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reprimand George Christensen after his homophobic comments about the valuable Safe Schools program to Parliament on Thursday night.

"To compare a program that's about helping young people to 'grooming' is utterly reprehensible. It's profoundly offensive and deeply hurtful," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"The Prime Minister should condemn this homophobia, rather than indulging it through this senseless investigation into safe schools.

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