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Australian Greens move on Russian anti-gay law, but major parties reject it

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has today spoken out against a bill before the St Petersburg Legislature in Russia that will criminalise public discussion of LGBTI issues.

"The bill before the St Petersburg parliament represents an appalling infringement on human rights for LGBTI people," the Greens' spokesperson for sexual orientation and gender identity said.

"The bill is being presented by the ruling party in Russia. This is a party that has some history when it comes to the persecution of LGBTI people.

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Greens call on government to take urgent action to protect sex-trafficked women

The Australian Greens say the Four Corners investigation into sex trafficking shows the government must act immediately to protect vulnerable women who risk deportation.

"I will be writing to the Immigration Minister and Home Affairs Minister  today requesting that this matter be given urgent consideration to these women so they can get out of sexual slavery," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Parenting by numbers

Ducking into my local supermarket on Saturday five minutes before closing time, I was reminded by my four-year-old just how mutual our teaching of each other is.

In the doorway was a woman trying her best to keep it together and stay rational while her toddler screamed and kicked at her feet.  As we hurried past, Miss Four said loudly: "That's naughty isn't it mum? He's a naughty boy."

I didn't know who was more embarrassed - me or the poor mother trying to negotiate with her three-foot monster.

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Cut the red tape and show some heart

The Australian Greens say the Gillard government should cut the red tape burdening the Immigration Department which proposes to deport a 96-year-old British woman living with her family in Tasmania.

"Gladys Jefferson should be allowed to see out her final years surrounded by her family in Tasmania," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"Her family says she is not a burden on the state because she's receiving a British pension, so she will not be adding extra costs to Australian health services.

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Save and expand foreign aid

This month the world is learning about the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa, where about 12 million people have been hit by the worst drought in almost 60 years. Australia has pledged more than $11 million in aid. It's heart-wrenching to see malnourished children in refugee camps in Kenya with tubes in their noses to feed them because their hungry mothers cannot.

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Govt must not delay reforms to child care sector

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Productivity Commission's report into the early childhood education and care workforce and hope it results in necessary improvements to the sector.


"The Opposition wants delays on the required reforms to the sector, but we say the brakes should not be applied," the Greens' early childhood education and care spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.


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Female Board Appointments

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)

(3.33 pm)—I move: That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) women make up only 25 per cent of board appointments in Australia, and

(ii) of that figure, only 10 per cent of the Australian Stock Exchange 200 companies have female directors, and only 8 per cent have female executives;

(b) recognises that:

(i) women in the workforce face many issues, including pay equity, the impact of unpaid work and family responsibilities on their careers and the disparity in retirement savings, and

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