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Greens concern at Iran’s crackdown on dissent

Senator Richard Di Natale, leader of the Australian Greens and Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, said the Australian Greens remain deeply concerned at the recent crackdown on dissent in Iran, with official reports of at least 22 protesters killed and more than 1,000 Iranians detained.

“As a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran must uphold its citizens rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression”, Senator Di Natale said.

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Greens respond to 2017 MYEFO

The Turnbull Government's end-of-year mini budget is mean-spirited, wringing savings out of young people, struggling families and newly arrived migrants in order to keep funding tax cuts to their wealthy mates from the big end of town.

“The Turnbull Government has got just that little bit meaner with today’s budget, which unfairly targets young people, struggling families and newly arrived migrants with $6 billion in cuts,” said leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Greens release plan to protect Australian multiculturalism in law

Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale today released draft laws aimed at protecting multiculturalism in Australia. Speaking at the Migration Institute of Australia’s national conference, Di Natale released a draft copy of the Australian Multicultural Bill 2017, which enacts one of the key recommendations of the report of the Senate Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism established by the Greens earlier this year.
 

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Statement - High Court citizenship decision

Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale, has commended former Senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam for their integrity following today’s High Court ruling on MPs citizenship.

“Larissa and Scott have acted honestly and with full accountability to the Australian people throughout this process.”

“When these issues first came to light, they did the honourable thing and resigned from the parliament. Larissa and Scott have shown respect for the constitution, for the parliament and most importantly, for the Australian people, and I respect them immensely for that.

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Congratulations Dr Samantha Ratnam, our new Victorian Greens Leader

Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale has welcomed the announcement of Dr Samantha Ratnam as the new leader of the Victorian Greens. Samantha was announced as leader in Melbourne today, with Nina Springle selected as her deputy.

“Samantha is an outstanding community leader and has committed so much of her time to helping make our nation better,” Senator Di Natale said.

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Rachel Siewert receives Missen Award for integrity in politics

I would like to congratulate my dear friend and colleague Senator Rachel Siewert for winning the prestigious Missen Award for integrity in politics.

Rachel has been an outstanding advocate and member of parliament, who has dedicated her time as a Senator to assisting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community.

It is pretty well known in Parliament House across party lines that Rachel is one of the hardest working Senators in this place.

As a senate committee chair she has a reputation for getting consensus on committee reports that lead to real outcomes.

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Greens’ Medicinal Cannabis Bill removes barriers still blocking dying patient’s access

“The government is defying the will of the senate by blocking terminally ill patients from accessing the medicinal cannabis prescribed by a doctor”, Leader of the Australian Greens, Dr Di Natale said today.

“Ignorance and conservative ideology are getting in the way of patient care - it has to stop. Today I am introducing a Private Senators Bill – Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Amendment (Securing Patient Access) Bill 2017 – to the Senate that will secure terminally ill patient access to medicinal cannabis.

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Parliamentary Code for Respecting Cultural Diversity

Amendment to General Business Notice of Motion No. 447. As listed on pages 7-8 of today’s Notice Paper in the name of Senator Di Natale

To move—That the Senate acknowledges the proposal below for a code of conduct:

PARLIAMENTARY CODE FOR RESPECTING CULTURAL DIVERSITY

PREAMBLE

The House of Representatives and the Senate have reached agreement on a Code of Conduct which is to apply to all members of Parliament.

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A tale of two ideologies

It’s been an odd day today... one that really goes to the question of what sort of society we want to live in.
 
It’s to do with drugs, and how we face up to addiction and dependency in our community.
 
I spent the morning at the RecLink Grand Final in St Kilda, with two teams of players who have faced, and who are facing, issues of drug dependence and addiction.
 
RecLink works in the community to provide people with opportunities and connections through sports, recreation and the arts.
 

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