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Same-Sex Relationships - Matter of Public Interest

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)
(1.13 pm)- I rise today to speak about an issue that is important to all Australians who value human rights and fairness: marriage equality. Being able to celebrate your love for your partner before people you care about and to have that love legally recognised by the state should be a right of every and each Australian. Yet that right is being denied to same-sex couples simply on the basis of their sexuality.

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Question without notice on Water

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (2.31 pm) - My question today is to the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Wong.

I refer the minister to comments she made yesterday when she told the ABC that a call from scientists to return 700 gigalitres of water as environmental flows to the dying Lower Lakes and Coorong River system in our home state of South Australia would not be a responsible way forward. Given scientists have warned that the Lower Lakes and the Coorong will collapse if this action is not taken, does the minister consider doing nothing to be more responsible?

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Second Speech on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

Tuesday November 24 -

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)
(1.05 pm)-I rise today to contribute to this debate on Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] and related legislation. I note that this is the second time I have spoken on this legislation - as it is for many others in this chamber. Despite the amendments and the dirty deal announced by the Prime Minister earlier today, the legislation in front of us is no different to the legislation that we debated some months ago.

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Employment, Education and Workplace Relations tabling of 'The Provision of Childcare' Report in the Senate.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)
(9.26 pm)-I rise this evening to add my comments about the report tabled by the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee about the provision of child care.

It was some 12 months ago that I moved that this issue be referred to a committee. It has been a long inquiry. When the inquiry was first referred to the committee, John Carter, the former secretary of the committee, said, ‘I can't remember the last time we looked into child care.' I guess that said it all from the word go.

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Iran

Sarah Hanson-Young 19 Nov 2009

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (9.46 am) - I move:

That the Senate -

(a) notes that:

(i) according to Human Rights Watch, three Iranian men have been sentenced to death, under charges of ‘male homosexual conduct' allegedly committed when they were under the age of 18,

(ii) Iran leads the world in executing juvenile offenders, with at least seven in 2008, and at least three so far in 2009, and

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Audit of Australian Government Funds Used on Overseas Asylum Seeker Management

That the Senate

(a) calls on the Australian Government to conduct an audit of where and how much Australian funds are being used, to support Indonesia and any other countries in the region in asylum seeker management and people smuggling efforts, and subsequent compliance with international human rights standards, with particular reference to, but not limited to:
(i) Detention facilities and conditions;
(ii) Operational equipment and training; and
(iii) The interception of suspected illegal entry vessels.

Motion Carried on the Voices.

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National Archives of Australia

Sarah Hanson-Young 17 Nov 2009

Senator BOB BROWN (Tasmania - Leader of the Australian Greens) (3.40 pm) - I, and also on behalf of Senator Hanson-Young, move:

That the Senate:
(a) does not support the non-consultative process which has led to the closures of the Tasmanian, South Australian and Northern Territory offices of the National Archives of Australia;

(b) recognises:

(i) the disadvantages that will be faced by researchers, organisations and the general public as a result of the office closures, and

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