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Greens welcome passport breakthrough for sex and gender diverse Australians

The Government should be congratulated for easing restrictions on sex and gender diverse Australians from being issued with a passport that reflects their identity, say the Australian Greens.

"This is a really positive breakthrough for sex and gender diverse Australians," Greens' LGBTI spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Asylum seeker debate out of proportion

Yesterday the full bench of the High Court began hearing a challenge to the Malaysian solution.

The Greens hope David Manne and Debbie Mortimer, SC, and their legal team succeeds, not least because we do not want unaccompanied children to be expelled to a country where their rights cannot be guaranteed. It's not yet clear when the court will issue its ruling, but it could permanently derail the Gillard government's plans to export Australia's international obligations to give protection to countries including Malaysia and, possibly, Papua New Guinea.

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Tiger Airways

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:24): My question is to the Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Sherry. The Greens welcome the government's support for CASA's moves to protect the safety of passengers by grounding Tiger Airways. In light of this, however, the airline continued to sell tickets for five days, including bookings for flights in the month of July which have subsequently been cancelled. What action will the government take to stop Tiger or any other carrier from doing this in the future? 

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Greens Call For National Student Card

The Australian Greens have called for a proposal for a National Student Card to be put on the COAG agenda as a matter of urgency, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says it's important that the discrepancies between states and territories on tertiary student access to concession transport are ironed out as soon as possible.

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Greens Support Northern Rail Freight Bypass

The Australian Greens support the campaign for the Northern Rail Freight Bypass, and immediate action to relieve pressure on communities in the Adelaide Hills, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young says issues of noise, inconvenience and bushfire risk emphasise the need to re-route freight trains.

"When the Belair railway line was built in 1883, no one could have known we would have freight trains more than a kilometre long regularly using the track,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens call for Australian Student Card to apply to all domestic, international students nationwide

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is calling for a nationwide Australian Student Card to be introduced, as the Senate Inquiry into the welfare of international students continues, and student groups prepare to rally at NSW State Parliament House this afternoon.

The Inquiry, established by Senator Hanson-Young in June and carried out by the Senate’s Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee, holds a hearing in Sydney today. Senator Hanson-Young will also address the Fair Education: Justice for International Students rally when it reaches Parliament House.

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Greens propose Education Commission as international student senate inquiry holds hearings

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will raise the idea of an Education Commission at this week’s hearings for the Senate Inquiry into the welfare of international students.

The Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee’s inquiry into the welfare of international students, established by Senator Hanson-Young in May, will hold hearings in Melbourne tomorrow and Sydney on Wednesday.

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SA Budget funds represent missed opportunities

Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young has pointed to extra millions for Adelaide’s desalination plant and a drop in money for water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin as the weak links in South Australia’s allocation in the Federal Budget.

An extra $228 million was provided for Adelaide’s desalination plant on the agreement that it double its output from 50GL to 100GL per year, while $16.4 million over two years was cut from water reform programs for the Murray-Darling Basin.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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