The Liberal Party must commit to a conscience vote on marriage equality as part of a strategy to eliminate homophobia, says Greens Gender & Sexuality spokesperson Tammy Franks. Today (Friday) is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) and Ms Franks says it is time for both major parties to support a conscience vote on the Greens’ Marriage Equality Bill.
The SA Legislative Council this evening voted to pass the Greens’ Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Protection for Firefighters) Amendment Bill – a Bill to provide cancer compensation to both paid and volunteer firefighters. Greens’ Emergency Services and Volunteers spokesperson Tammy Franks said she was pleased with the outcome.
An important Greens’ bill to protect firefighters should they contract cancer in the course of their work will come to a vote tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Upper House. Greens’ Emergency Services and Volunteers spokesperson Tammy Franks says she is confident that the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Protection for Firefighters) Amendment Bill has widespread support.
Students at Adelaide University will walk out of class at noon today as part of a nationwide protest against tertiary funding cuts. Greens’ education spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, will join students at the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) rally, to be held at the Ligertwood Plaza at noon.
Tomorrow (May 10, 2013) marks the 41st anniversary of Adelaide University law lecturer Dr George Duncan’s death – an important moment to reflect on the work that still needs to be done to overcome homophobia and ongoing discrimination towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) South Australians, says Greens’ Gender and Sexuality spokesperson Tammy Franks.
Greens’ Animal Welfare Spokesperson Tammy Franks has again raised concerns over the fate of South Australia’s faunal emblem, the Southern Hairy Nose Wombat. Unanswered questions from eighteen months ago concerning the plight of the wombats typify the Rann/Weatherill Government’s approach that risks condemning the Murraylands population of wombats to localised extinction.
The Greens’ Gambling spokesperson Tammy Franks says groups that work with problem gamblers are not being heard adequately on gambling reform, with the debate favouring the big end of town. “The voices being heard the loudest in the debate are the big end of town,” Ms Franks said.
Greens’ Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation spokesperson Tammy Franks says the Government’s Constitution (Recognition of Aboriginal Peoples) Amendment Bill will go some way towards overcoming “entrenched racism” in legislation. Ms Franks spoke to the historic Bill today as a crowd of Aboriginal people watched on from the gallery.