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Senator Siewert: It has been a privilege to represent the people of Western Australia

“It has been a privilege to represent the people of Western Australia” Senator Rachel Siewert said, as she delivered her valedictorian address to parliament on Wednesday. The Greens senator is stepping down after 16 years of representing Western Australia in the senate, and while her valedictorian speech allowed her to reflect on her time in parliament […]

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The Greens show their support for transgender and intersex protections

The Greens show their support for transgender and intersex protections

Equality advocates have welcomed Greens support for amending existing workplace discrimination laws to provide equal protection for trans, gender diverse and intersex Australians, but are unhappy neither major party has endorsed the reform. This week, the Senate inquiry into the Government’s [email protected] package handed down its report. LGBTIQA+ rights group just.equal say it’s disapointing that […]

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The Greens to host LGBTQIA+ election forum

The Greens to host LGBTQIA+ election forum

LGBTQIA+ candidates for The Greens are hosting a community forum, opening the floor to discussion on building a more inclusive WA ahead of the state election. The event will feature Greens leader and the party’s LGBTQIA+ spokesperson in parliament, Alison Xamon, and LGBTQIA+ candidates River Clarke for Cannington, Alex Wallace for Kalgoorlie and Liberty Cramer […]

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Alison Xamon says Australia Day Awards should not reward hate speech

Alison Xamon says Australia Day Awards should not reward hate speech

Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Hon Alison Xamon MLC has strongly opposed the decision of the National Australia Day Council to promote former tennis player and religious leader Margaret Court to Companion Division in the Order of Australia. Xamon said the decision to award Court yet another award was inappropriate given her widely-publicised, […]

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Calls for Australia to follow UK lead on gay, bi & trans blood donation ban

Calls for Australia to follow UK lead on gay, bi & trans blood donation ban

National LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal has ramped up their campaign to end the ban on gay, bi and trans folks donating blood here in Australia, following a recent decision out of the UK. This week the UK Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs made the recommendation that all donors be assessed […]

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Lynn MacLaren puts her hand up for a return to politics

Lynn MacLaren puts her hand up for a return to politics

Former State MLC Lynn MacLaren has confirmed she will be standing for pre-selection to replace retiring federal senator Rachel Siewert. Senator Siewert recently announced she’ll be retiring at the next election, having served in the parliament since 2004. MacLaren served several terms in the Western Australian parliament, she first joined the parliament in February 2005 when […]

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WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert to retire at next federal election

WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert to retire at next federal election

Long-serving West Australian senator for the Greens, Rachel Siewert, has announced she will not contest the next federal election. Senator Siewert’s term was set to expire at the next federal election, and the co-deputy Greens leader has revealed she will be retiring from politics before the next round of senators are elected. Serving our state […]

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Senator Richard Di Natale resigns as Greens leader

Senator Richard Di Natale resigns as Greens leader

Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale has announced today that he will step down immediately as leader of The Greens, and plans to leave the Senate before the next election. Di Natale said the decision came down to wanting to spend more time with his family, and the stress of travel that comes with the Canberra […]

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The Greens’ Alison Xamon asks why we don’t monitor hate crimes

The Greens’ Alison Xamon asks why we don’t monitor hate crimes

The Greens’ MP Alison Xamon has asked the government why we don’t keep track of the level of hate crimes in Western Australia. The Greens spokesperson for Multicultural Affairs, Sexuality and Gender Diversity said she was dismayed by the inadequacy of the Government’s response to the question she asked in parliament earlier this week. Xamon […]

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Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

The Australian Greens have responded to the news that Prime Minister Scott Morrison is aiming to introduce a Religious Discrimination Act to Parliament early next year. The Greens say that such an Act must not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws following the release of the government response to the Ruddock […]

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