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Marriage Equality Motion

Adam Bandt 26 Oct 2010


MR BANDT: To move-That this House:
(1)   Notes that:

(a)    there is a the growing list of countries that allow same-sex couples to marry including the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Canada and South Africa; and

(b)   there is widespread support for equal marriage in the Australian community.


(2) calls on all parliamentarians to gauge their constituents' views on the issue of marriage equality.

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Matter of Public Importance - Murray-Darling Basin

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)

(5.48 pm) - Today's debate comes in good time, as the minister has tabled a ministerial statement regarding legal advice received today from the Government Solicitor in relation to the Water Act. Unsurprisingly, the Water Act clearly shows that the necessity of ensuring environmental sustainability, coupled with looking at the social and economic costs and benefits for the community, has always been there.

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Joint Standing Committee On Migration

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)

(4.22 pm) - I move:

That the Senate calls on the Government immediately to respond to the three detailed reports by the Joint Standing Committee on Migration into immigration detention in Australia, Criteria for release from detention, Community-based alternatives to detention and Facilities, services and transparency, tabled more than a year ago.

Question agreed to.

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Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)

(4.20 pm) - I move:

That the Senate -

(a) notes the continued suspension of processing asylum claims from Afghan nationals, which is due to end on 9 October 2010;


(b) calls on the Government to immediately lift its suspension of Afghan asylum applications, restoring the right of people seeking protection from persecution to have their claims assessed in a fair and timely manner.

Question agreed to.

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Senator Hanson-Young -Thank you, Chair. I have only got a few questions but I think they are important. They are in relation to the cargo ship that is holding 240-odd asylum seekers who boarded in Merak and, specifically, what happened before the Indonesian government intercepted that particular boat. Have we got everybody at the table that we need to answer those questions?

Mr Carmody -Yes.

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Asylum Seekers

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (2.20 pm) - My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Evans. Firstly, I congratulate the government on the appointment of the first female Prime Minister of Australia. I think it is a historic day.

Senator Ian Macdonald - When are the Greens going to appoint a female leader?

The PRESIDENT - Order! Just ask the question, Senator Hanson-Young. Ignore the interjections. When there is silence we will proceed.

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Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Bill 2010 - Second Reading Speech

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (1.19 pm) - I rise to speak on the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Bill 2010 put forward, sadly, by the government on budget night. It is going to have a significant impact on families who access child care right around the country - and the pain will grow not just for the coming financial year but across the forward estimates.

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Building the Education Revolution Program

(Question No. 2760)
Senator Hanson-Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 23 March 2010:

(1) (a) How many schools have had projects completed under the Building the Education Revolution program (the program); and

(b) of those schools, how many have made their libraries and multi purpose halls available for community use at no or low cost as prescribed under the guidelines of the program.

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