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20,000 (and counting) support Safe School Coalition petition

Janet Rice 25 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens are delighted to announce the petition calling for support for the Safe Schools Coalition has received more than 20,000 signatures in less than two days.

"We launched this petition in response to the 9499 signatures on Cory Bernardi's petition against the Safe Schools program and it's come as no surprise that Australians have overwhelmingly supported a program that promotes inclusiveness of LGBTI young people in our schools," Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Drilling in the Great Australian Bight will not go unchecked

The Australian Greens welcome Senate support for their inquiry into proposed drilling off the Great Australian Bight.

"BP must be held to account for its shocking environmental record and poor community consultation. BP's initial submission to drill for oil off the Great Australian Bight was turned down by the regulator, NOPSEMA and it is high time this issue was put under the microscope," Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms said.

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Greens welcome deal to secure Radio Adelaide's future

Robert Simms 19 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens have welcomed today's decision to transition Radio Adelaide to be run under the Fresh 92.7 umbrella, but say more detail is needed on licensing and staffing arrangements before the plan gets the green light.

"It's great to see that the future of Radio Adelaide appears secure for now, however I do want to be assured that there is security for staff at this time and that the charter of Radio Adelaide will be upheld under these new arrangements," Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms said.

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Removing bans on nuclear industry senseless and short-sighted: Australian Greens

Robert Simms 17 Feb 2016

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms has slammed Family First Senator Bob Day's suggestion that federal laws preventing the expansion of the nuclear industry be removed.

"Senator Day's suggestion that we remove federal bans on the nuclear industry is senseless and short sighted. Removing these kind of safeguards would clearly not be looking out for our home state of South Australia," Senator Simms said.

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Greens alarmed by push to suspend anti-discrimination laws in plebiscite

Robert Simms 16 Feb 2016

Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms is calling on the Government to reject the Australian Christian Lobby's push to suspend anti-discrimination laws in any plebiscite on marriage equality.

"These laws are designed to protect Australians from acts of hatred, vilification and incitement," Senator Simms said.

"By advocating for these laws to be suspended the ACL has let the cat of the bag and exposed its intention to run an ugly and discriminatory campaign against marriage equality.

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Taxpayer funds should not be spent on peddling hate: Australian Greens

Robert Simms 15 Feb 2016

Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms is urging the Government to abandon its plan to give taxpayer funds to organisations to run a "no" campaign in the lead up to a plebiscite on marriage equality.

"Our fears were confirmed last night when the Australian Christian Lobby revealed they have been approached and may receive taxpayer money to run a hateful "no" campaign in the government's marriage equality plebiscite," Senator Simms said.

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