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Question - Baby Asha


My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Brandis. Senator Brandis, right now, 'Baby Asha' and her family, along with dozens of other families, are living in Australia with the threat of imminent return to Nauru hanging over their heads. Will the government let these families stay here so that they can rebuild their lives or will you continue to disregard advice of medical experts and send these families back to the prison island of Nauru as soon as you can?

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Call to give farmers the legal right to refuse fracking

We give notice that on the next day of sitting we shall move that -

The Senate notes:

1.    The concern of communities in South Australia and Western Australia about their land and water being threatened by shale and other unconventional gas mining.

2.    That landholders lack the legal right to refuse shale and other unconventional gas mining on their land.

3.    The scientific uncertainty surrounding the environmental and health implications of hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') for shale and other unconventional gas mining.

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Keeping Families Together

Late last night our Greens motion passed the Senate - preventing Abbott from reintroducing Temporary Protection Visas that would see children, parents and families left with no hope of being reunited.

Today we can celebrate a win for basic decency and human rights. But Abbott’s agenda extends far beyond TPVs. The Government‘s obsession with fear mongering and cruelty has extended to tearing  families apart - with mothers and fathers being forcibly separated from their newborn babies.

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Senate Speech, Migration Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, 16 August 2012

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (09:31):  I rise today to speak to the bill currently before this chamber, the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012, that proposes to dump vulnerable men, women and children anywhere but here-a proposal put forward by this government that trashes Australia's obligations under international law and, of course, our obligations under the refugee convention.

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Same-Sex Relationships

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (12:29): I move:
That the Senate-

(a) notes:
(i) the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg in Russia has proposed a new law which will allow authorities to impose fines for public discussion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues, and
(ii) the law would undermine the right to freedom of assembly and expression for LGBTI activists and community members, and has been condemned by human rights groups worldwide, including Amnesty International; and

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (12:07): I, and also on behalf of Senator Pratt, move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) 20 November was Transgender Day of Remembrance,
(ii) the event began in 1999 in San Francisco in the United States of America to honour, Ms Rita Hester, who was murdered on 28 November 1998,
(iii) the annual event provides an opportunity to remember all those transgender people who have been killed in acts of anti-transgender violence;

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