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Marriage Equality and Sexuality Update - January 2016

Robert Simms 20 Jan 2016

This edition of the Marriage Equality and Sexuality Update e-newsletter covers Senator Simms' first speech, the Greens' Wedding Crashers campaign for a free vote on marriage equality, Minus18's Same-Sex and Gender Diverse Formal, access to PrEP, overturning the ban on blood donation, and more. Simply click the link below to download the PDF.

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Senate motion to acknowledge World AIDS Day

Robert Simms 1 Dec 2015

Notice of Motion
Mr President
We give notice that, on the next day of sitting, we shall move - That the Senate-
(1) Notes that:
(a) 1 December 2015 marks World AIDS Day, which is held every year to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, and is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died;

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Senate calls on Government to boost availability of HIV prevention drug, PrEP

Robert Simms 30 Nov 2015

The Senate has passed a motion by Greens Senator Robert Simms calling on the Government to increase the accessibility of HIV-prevention drug PrEP in the lead up to World AIDS Day.

The Greens would like to see the Government increase the roll-out of trials for those most at risk of HIV transmission and speed up the process of getting PReP approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

"Today's support for this motion puts increased pressure on the Government to act on this issue," said the Greens Sexuality Spokesperson, Senator Robert Simms.

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Clive's Marriage Plan Not A Valid Solution

Robert Simms 20 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens say that Clive Palmer's marriage equality plan will not solve discrimination.

"This civil scheme would exist alongside marriage and create a hierarchy of relationship recognition. It certainly wouldn't solve discrimination," The Greens spokesperson on Marriage Equality, Senator Robert Simms, said.

"There is no need to make this a complex issue. The solution here is just to amend the marriage act."

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