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ECONOMICS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 30/10/2009 - Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling Laws) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson Young —I want to go to the conclusion of your submission. You have said that the key reason that you are opposed to the bill is that it is in contradiction to COAG arrangements and would override state and territory law.

ACTING CHAIR —I am confused, we do not have a submission before us.

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Greens write to Roxon, urging federal role in resolving dangerous inconsistency around abortion legality

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has written to federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon, urging her to convene an emergency meeting with state and territory health ministers and attorneys-general to resolve the inconsistency around Australia’s abortion laws.

Medical abortion services were recently suspended in Queensland following a lack of clarity around their legal status, forcing women to seek treatment interstate.

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Greens urge Roxon to intervene in abortion stand-off

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the Federal Health Minister to convene an emergency meeting of all state and territory health ministers and attorneys-general, as Queensland's abortion law stand-off continues.

Queensland hospitals have recently suspended medical abortion services as medical abortions are still technically illegal under Queensland criminal law, leading to women being referred interstate for treatment or facing the prospect of an abortion in their own home.

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Greens support Fair Trade Fortnight

The Australian Greens have put their support behind the Fair Trade Fortnight (2-17 May), encouraging Australians to take part in events occurring around the country.

"Fair trade enables consumers to make an ethical choice when purchasing products, enabling even the simplest of transactions to have huge, global impact," said Australian Greens industrial rights spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The movement advocates the payment of a ‘fair price' as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods."

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Govt must boost aid to prevent maternal deaths

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says maternal and child health in the Asia-Pacific region must not be forgotten this Mother’s Day, calling on the Federal Government to confirm its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals in its impending Budget.

The global financial crisis has been predicted to hit developing countries most severely, heightening the need for wealthier countries to maintain or increase their aid funding.

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Greens welcome Govt action on violence against women

The Greens have welcomed the Federal Government’s moves to stop violence and sexual assault against women and children.

The Government released the Time for Action report from the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children today, and says it will progress 18 of 20 priority recommendations.

“The Greens welcome the Federal Government’s action on this important issue, and the sense of urgency that it has demonstrated,” said Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens spokesperson on the status of women.

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Environmental Health Australia conference: Someone call a doctor, the planet has a fever!

I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land, the Peramangk people.

I also acknowledge Minister for Health, the Hon John Hill; Mayor of the District Council of Mount Barker, Ann Ferguson; Professor Mark Daniel; other distinguished guests and speakers; and, members of the Environmental Health Profession.

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