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National Human Rights Consultation Report

Sarah Hanson-Young 17 Mar 2010

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (4.02 pm) - I move:

That the Senate -

(a) notes that:

(i) the National Human Rights Consultation delivered its report to the Attorney-General (Mr McClelland) on 30 September 2009, more than 6 months ago, and

(ii) the Attorney-General released a statement that the Government will provide a response in the coming months; and

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Same-Sex Marriages

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (3.40 pm) - I move:

That the Senate -

(a) notes:
(i) the first same-sex marriages were celebrated in Mexico City in the week beginning 7 March 2010, following the recent passage of legislation removing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, under that city's Marriage Act, and

(ii) Mexico City joins Portugal, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Spain, South Africa and many states in the United States of America that already recognise same-sex marriage as a reality;

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Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009 {No 2}

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.39 am) - I rise to speak on the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009 [No. 2].

This is the second time I have spoken on this bill. We discussed this issue at the end of last year and this Senate failed to pass that legislation at that time, leaving students in limbo over the summer period and into the first semester of this year.

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Representation of Women in the Indian Parliament

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (3.39 pm)

- I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 741 standing in my name, relating to the representation of women in the Indian parliament.

Leave granted.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG - I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate

(a) recognises that only 10 per cent of seats in India's Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's Parliament) are held by women;

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Dalai Lama

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (4.04 pm) - I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move:

That the Senate -

(a) congratulates the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, and the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, for meeting His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in December 2009 and February 2010 respectively;


(b) calls on the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to meet His Holiness, the Dalai Lama at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Senator Hanson-Young -I would like to continue with the topic of family planning and the aid program, the guiding principles. Since the announcement of these new principles in March 2009 can AusAID please give me an outline as to what actual new funding has been made available for these family planning activities, where it is happening and a bit of a breakdown. I have specifically asked for the new funding.

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