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Government must fast-track non-specific option on DHS forms so that non-binary students can continue to receive youth allowance: Greens

The Government’s failure to promptly roll out an unspecified gender option for government-issued forms has had a tangible effect on non-binary university students, who are having their youth allowance payments cut off, Australian Greens senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Including a non-specific option in internal Government systems like Centrelink is not just symbolic, transgender and non-binary people need this option to receive income support payments.

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Federal Government should stop interfering in City of Hobart #changethedate discussions

Threatening to revoke the authorisation to hold citizenship ceremonies because the City of Hobart is daring to discuss moving Australia Day celebrations is significant interference by the Turnbull Government and should stop, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.   

"The Turnbull Government bullied the City of Fremantle in the same way but Freo stood strong and still changed the date for Australia Day. Now the Federal Government is trying the same bullying tactics with the City of Hobart.  

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PM Turnbull should be open to a discussion about changing the date for Australia Day

The Prime Minister should engage in a meaningful way about changing the date for Australia Day, rather than rejecting the City of Hobart decision to discuss the issue, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The Government put enormous pressure on the City of Fremantle when they changed the date for Australia Day celebrations, now the Prime Minister has had a go at the City of Hobart for daring to discuss the issue.  

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Greens welcome City of Hobart opening discussion about changing the date for Australia Day

The Australian Greens have welcomed the City of Hobart opening up a discussion about changing the date for Australia Day.

“Well done to the City of Hobart for being brave enough to kick start a conversation about Australia Day in Tasmania. A lot of Tasmanian’s clearly want Australia Day to accessible to everyone, it shouldn’t be on a day that some members of the community view as a day of grieving”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

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NXT deal on company tax cuts could open way for fracking in the Northern Territory: Greens

"It is very concerning that Nick Xenophon's cave-in on company tax cuts includes opening up the possibility of a gas pipeline in the Northern Territory”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Such a pipeline from the Northern Territory to Queensland would create a wave of dirty, dangerous fracking in the Territory. This gas would be piped straight to Gladstone and exported. 

“Traditional owners in the Territory have stood up to defend their country from fracking.  Does the government intend to disregard their wishes and open the way to fracking?

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Greens support open letter to the PM calling for national leadership on youth justice

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert supports the open letter from Change the Record to Malcolm Turnbull, calling on the Government to urgently address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth incarceration.

“The Royal Commission into NT youth detention hands down its interim report today, the Government should use this to inform the development of a proactive strategy to reduce Aboriginal youth incarceration.

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Greens welcome report that shows the importance of Indigenous Rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the finding from the Country Needs People report - Protecting Nature For All Of Us, which shows the overwhelming benefit of the Indigenous Rangers program.

“Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas have become a key component of ensuring environmental benefits for our country, turning around environmental degradation and species decline.

“It also keeps alive the traditional knowledge of caring for the land and matches it with science to create the best possible outcome for preservation.

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Coalition and Labor push on with cashless welfare card

The Coalition and the Labor party have voted down a Greens disallowance motion that would have stopped the cashless welfare card trial extensions.   

“When the yearlong trials of the cashless welfare card were passed into legislation with the help of Labor, we feared that this would lead to an extended rollout. Unfortunately this has happened. 

“I am disappointed that the Labor party have continuously backed the Government on the cashless welfare card trials. They claim to care for vulnerable people but actions speak louder than words.

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Abuse of people with disability is not going to stop, we need a Royal Commission

Following the Four Corners report that showed more harrowing footage of people with disability living in group care, both the Coalition and the Labor Party have voted against a Greens senate motion calling on the Government to reconsider its decision and commit to a Royal Commission.

“It is really disappointing that both the old parties voted against the Government instigating a Royal Commission”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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