Last week, Labor and the Liberals refused to support Senator Rachel Siewert's amendment to extend the inquiry into this bill by two months, so as to allow proper consultation.

Let's be frank about this; we know that this is a rushed timetable to try and facilitate the development of the Adani coal mine.

What You Need To Know About The Proposed Changes To Native Title

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Thank you, Lucy for your ongoing work.

It's nearly two years since Lucy's son Dan passed away, and we're still waiting for the reforms that ensure access to medicinal cannabis for every patient who needs it.

This week I moved a motion in the Senate to remove a regulation that makes it harder for terminally ill patients who seek to access medicinal cannabis products, forcing them to endure...
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Grass grows under bill for medical marijuana

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"Frydenberg said the government was looking at ways to change the guidelines so taxpayer money could be used to fund future coal plants."

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has been labeled "Mr Coal". This is why.

The Government Wants To Build New Coal Plants With Money Set Aside For Clean Energy

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Thank you to the paramedics and medical staff for their work last night.

This is another reminder that our current approach to illicit drugs isn't working.

We need face up to the reality of drug use and focus on minimising harm: including providing realtime information and pill testing if we want to keep our friends, our brothers and sisters, and our children safe.

More than 20 people overdose on drugs at Melbourne dance party

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This is the reality that Malcolm Turnbull is ignoring.

Australia positioned to be renewable energy superpower

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The Greens will move to establish a parliamentary inquiry into the rise of obesity in Australia, particularly in children.

A broad obesity prevention strategy is needed – one that includes improved food labeling, restrictions on junk food advertising, investments in physical activity programs and a levy on the most unhealthy sugar-sweetened drinks.

Sugar tax proposals divide experts and federal government

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In the Senate this week I shared Laila's story of the cruel words spoken to her in front of her 10-year-old son.

"If you wore a hijab I wouldn't even let you in the front door..."

Each and every one of us needs to stand up and say that 'racism stops with me.'
My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives and with those who have injured in Pakistan late yesterday. People should be able to practice their religion free from fear.

Blast hits Pakistan's Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi shrine

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Australians are fed up with politics as usual and we will won’t let Labor and Liberal get away with just doing the bare minimum on this issue.

We need a national anti-corruption watchdog and we need to go much further with reforms — including making sure that MP's 'Electorate Allowances' are spent in their electorates, not pocketed as salary.

The Liberals and Labor are standing in the way,...
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Politicians' entitlements scrapped with expenses under scrutiny

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Open your heart and your mind, talk to somebody who might be different from you but shares the same dreams, goals and aspirations, and what you will find is that we all share a common humanity.

And that is something to be celebrated.
Tim Soutphomassane: it’s an “especially dangerous time” to water down the Racial Discrimination Act.

We couldn’t agree more » greens.org.au/18c

Don't water down section 18C, Tim Soutphomassane will warn MPs

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Renters are getting screwed over by Australia’s unaffordable housing market. We should all be able to live where we love, so we will fix this.

Fear and loathing in the rental market

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Australia’s greatest quality is the openness of its society, its everyday peace, its cultural diversity. Our collective willingness and enthusiasm for sharing our workplaces, our schools, our lives with people of all cultures and all faiths.

What this bill does, in its direct and full-frontal assault on Muslim Australians, is to attack Australian multiculturalism and our way of life....
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If the Labor and Liberal parties were genuine about restoring the public’s trust in our political system, they would have supported this.

Tonight, we'll move amendments to force MPs not to take this allowance as salary and to give the parliamentary authority real teeth.
Of course they're not...

Because that would show a modicum of decency by removing unfair tax discounts rather than targeting single parents, young people and pensioners.

Mathias Cormann rejects suggestion government is planning crackdown on capital gains tax concessions

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As Janet Rice told the Senate, this unprecedented show of collaboration and consensus provides a way forward for marriage equality.

Same-sex marriage hopes rise as Senate rejects discriminatory measures

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The Senate is sitting late to debate ABCC legislation that caves into big business’s demands, abandoning people’s rights at work.

Nick Xenophon and Derryn Hinch’s backflip will allow the government to rip-up and re-write every workplace agreement in the construction industry.

Another late night Senate debate on ABCC

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"If you wore a hijab I wouldn't even let you in the front door..."

Heartbreaking words said to a mother in front of her 10-year-old son.

On Wednesday night I shared Laila's story in the Senate. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to stand up and say, 'Racism stops with me.'
The government are now making tax threats.

They should have had this revelation months ago when the Liberals, Labor and One Nation cut taxes for the richest 20% of Australians – at a cost of $4 billion.

Taxes must rise to pay for NDIS if welfare cuts are blocked, government warns

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We need proper reform of parliamentary entitlements – and this includes the unscrutinised electorate allowance.

This money, at least $30,000 for each MP, should be spent on their electorate (as the name suggests), but some MPs are simply pocketing it as income. That should be prohibited.

Our MPs policy is that this allowance has to be spent on electorate business – and we're announcing a new...
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Greens Clamp Down On Electoral Allowances In Entitlements Push

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