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Tasmanian achievement a matter of national pride

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne is congratulating fellow Tasmanian Rodney Croome on his courageous and persistent activism for gay rights and his long overdue recognition this Australia Day as Tasmania's Australian of the Year.

"I'm incredibly proud of Rodney, who has worked tirelessly for decades to end discrimination," said Senator Milne.

"Rodney and I worked together on my Private Member's Bill in the Tasmanian Parliament in 1997, which took Tasmania from having the worst anti-gay laws in Australia to having the most progressive of the time.

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Coalition’s High Court challenge is futile prejudice – Greens

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Abbott government's wasteful move to strike down ACT marriage laws in the High Court will be nothing more than a futile attempt to maintain discrimination against same-sex couples contrary to the wishes of the Australian people.

"The Abbott government should remove marriage discrimination itself and save the States and Territories the effort and cost," Senator Milne said.

"The Greens will be introducing legislation yet again when the Parliament resumes and I invite the PM and Labor to get behind it.

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No legal advice justifies discrimination

The Australian Greens say Attorney-General George Brandis should release legal advice he says justifies High Court action against ACT marriage equality laws.

"Attorney-General George Brandis should put up or shut up when it comes to the advice that supposedly justifies spending public money on a legal challenge that is all about maintaining last century discrimination," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Abbott’s High Court challenge a desperate attempt to maintain last century discrimination

"Tony Abbott's attempt to block same-sex marriage by taking the ACT Government to the High Court will fail because Australians want change and are sick of his last century and discriminatory attitude," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Give up Tony Abbott. You are not going to thwart the will of the Australian people to end marriage discrimination.

"At some point Tony Abbott will have to admit that he supports discrimination against LGBTI people in Australia. It is wrong.

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Equality for LGBTI Australians

The Greens have a vision of a caring Australia, where every person is able to realise their highest aspirations, free from discrimination in our laws and in our minds.

That's why the Greens have always stood up for full equality for LGBTI Australians, and always will.

It was Christine Milne's Bill that decriminalised homosexuality in Tasmania in 1997, after more than a decade of campaigning and negotiating.

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Speech: Christine Milne delivers speech on marriage equality at lawfest

Christine Milne delivered a speech at Lawfest at the University of Tasmania on marriage equality.  

Lawfest is organised by Margaret Shearer in conjunction with Dale Chen, from Elizabeth College and Professor Margaret Otlowski, the Faculty of Law and the School of Government. It has been running for 12 years for Legal Studies teachers and students.

Senator Milne participated in the event and was invited to debate Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby on the topic of marriage equality. 

 

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