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Protection for whistleblowers

Christine Milne 29 Nov 2012

Senator MILNE (Tasmania-Leader of the Australian Greens) (10:59):

I move Australian Greens amendment (1) on sheet 7309:

(1) Schedule 5, page 34 (after line 9), at the end of the Schedule, add:

Part 3-Protection for whistleblowers

Fair Work Act 2009

4 Section 12

Insert:

public interest disclosure: see subsection 351A

(2).5 After section 351 

Insert:

351A Public interest disclosures

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Pussy Riot Motion

The Senate:

1.       Notes:

a)      Three members of the Russian group Pussy Riot have been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for "hooliganism" and "homosexual propaganda" following a non-violent performance;

b)      The governments of the United States, Britain, France and Germany have denounced the sentences as disproportionate;

c)       Several laws recently passed in Russia restrict freedom of expression, severely punish dissent, ban Pride marches and restrict gay rights; and

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Migration Legislation Amendment (The Bali Process) Bill 2012

(Second reading amendment to be moved by the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Milne, on behalf of herself and Senator Hanson-Young)

At the end of the motion, add:

                   but the Senate:

                     (a)  calls on the Government to take immediate action to:

(i)                 provide safe pathways for refugees to discourage people taking life threatening journeys;

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