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Valentine’s Day message of equality from Greens Senator Robert Simms

Robert Simms 15 Feb 2016

Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms has sent a cheeky Valentine's Day message to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and government and crossbench senators to say love is love and everyone, regardless of sexuality, should be treated equally.

"I've sent 42 Valentine's Day cards to my colleagues in the senate this week ahead of the international day of love this Sunday," Senator Simms said.

"The message is simple - Cupid doesn't discriminate and neither should our law. Love is love.

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Nationals MP’s offensive marriage equality comments must be condemned: Australian Greens

Robert Simms 12 Feb 2016

Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Robert Simms says Nationals MP Andrew Broad's comments linking rams "mounting each other" in a paddock to same sex relationships must condemned by the new leader of his party.

"There seems to be a bit of a habit on the conservative side of politics for bringing these absurd and shameful comments into the debate. They really are scraping at the bottom of the barrel," Senator Simms said.

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Latest VET saga shows need for Government funds to be redirected into TAFE

Robert Simms 11 Feb 2016

The collapse of a major college in the VET sector leaving thousands of students stranded and hundreds of workers in limbo highlights the need for the Government to redirect investment into TAFE, rather than for-profit providers, the Australian Greens say.

"This is yet another example of students being dudded by Government policy. While reforms passed by the Parliament last year provide some safeguards, the for-profit model will never guarantee high quality courses for students," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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Australian Christian Lobby must end its crusade against tolerance and inclusion

Janet Rice 10 Feb 2016

Fear-mongering from the Australian Christian Lobby on a program that aims to make schools more inclusive for young LGBTI people must stop, the Australian Greens say.

"The idea that simply by talking about differences in sexuality and gender identity, you're going to ‘recruit' young people is completely ridiculous. Supporting young people in speaking openly about these issues encourages tolerance and creates more happy and safe school environments," Greens sexuality spokesperson, Senator Robert Simms said.

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Save Our Scholarships

Robert Simms 4 Feb 2016

Last year, Labor and the Liberals came together to hike up HELP fees for university students by converting the Student Start-Up Scholarship into a loan.

The Student Start-Up Scholarship allows students from disadvantaged or low income backgrounds to purchase the textbooks and equipment they need to study, and for many it is the difference between being able to pay their rent or buy groceries, and not. The Scholarship is a necessity for most students on Youth Allowance, not a choice.

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