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Yesterday, I put forward an amendment to the Government's detention bill that would make the reporting of child abuse…

Posted by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young on Thursday, 25 June 2015

From the link here

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES (Voted Yes), 16

Senators—

Di Natale (Greens)

Ludlam (Greens)

Rhiannon (Greens)

Waters (Greens)

Hanson-Young (Greens)

Madigan (Independent)

Rice (Greens)

Whish-Wilson (Greens)

Lazarus (Independent)

Milne (Greens)

Siewert (Greens)

Wright (Greens)

Leyonhjelm (LDP)

Muir (Independent)

Wang (PUP)

Xenophon (Independent)

(Voted No) NOES, 31

Senators—

Back (LNP)

Colbeck (LNP)

Ludwig (Labor)

Peris (Labor)

Bernardi (LNP)

Edwards (LNP)

Macdonald (LNP)

Ruston (LNP)

Bilyk (Labor)

Fawcett (LNP)

McGrath (LNP)

Seselja (LNP)

Brandis (LNP)

Gallacher (Labor)

McKenzie (LNP)

Singh (Labor)

Bullock (Labor)

Gallagher (Labor)

McLucas (Labor)

Smith (LNP)

Bushby (LNP)

Ketter (Labor)

Moore (Labor)

Sterle (Labor)

Canavan (Nationals)

Lindgren (LNP)

O‘Neill (Labor)

Williams (Nationals)

Carr (Labor)

Lines (Labor)

O‘Sullivan (LNP)

They should be ashamed of themselves and if you voted for these senators you should be letting them know it. Find their contact details here.

Edited so I can share the wording of the amendment proposed by Senator Hanson-Young, as it’s not the easiest piece of text to access

From here:

197BAA Mandatory reporting of reportable assaults
(1) If a designated person believes on reasonable grounds that a person has experienced, or is experiencing, a reportable assault, the designated person must, as soon as practicable, notify the relevant authorities of:
(a) the alleged assault; and
(b) the grounds on which the person has formed the belief that the alleged assault occurred.
Offence
(2) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person is required to make a notification under subsection (1); and
(b) the person fails to comply with the requirement.
Penalty: 60 penalty units.
Geographical jurisdiction
(3) Section 15.3 of the Criminal Code (extended geographical jurisdiction—category C) applies to an offence against subsection (2).
Interpretation
(4) In this section:
designated person means:
(a) an authorised officer; and
(b) a person appointed or employed by, or for the performance of services for:
(i) the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or
(ii) an authority of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; and
(c) a person employed by another person or body that is contracted by the Commonwealth, or an authority of the Commonwealth, to perform services in relation to an immigration detention facility.
relevant authority means:
(a) in any case—the Department and the Australian Federal Police; and
(b) if:
(i) the victim of an alleged reportable assault is a child ; and
(ii) the alleged assault occurs in a State or Territory;
a relevant authority of the State or Territory that has functions relating to child safety; and
(c) if:
(i) the victim of an alleged reportable assault is a child; and
(ii) the alleged assault occurs in a foreign country;
a police force of the foreign country.
reportable assault means any of the following, to the extent that they occur, or allegedly occur, in an immigration detention facility:
(a) unlawful sexual contact;
(b) sexual harassment;
(c) unreasonable use of force;
(d) any other assault.

Edit again :p (5:30pm)

Okay, I’ve had my outrage, read the amendment through a few times, and feel that it needed to be better thought out, phrased, and actually discussed with Labor. Unfortunately they did not have the time for that as Cormann threatened to have the senate sit until it passes and were hell bent on rushing it through in order to stop a high court challenge on whether they are actually legally allowed to detain people offshore.

*sigh*

edit sat
Oh and also the rest of the amendment such as limiting offshore detention to 3/months doesn’t fit with labor’s need to race to the bottom and be “tough” so they couldn’t vote for it. That and the proposal to not send vulnerable people such as kids. You know because we have to treat all refugees as non persons regardless of age

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The one that says –

Why care about GST on tampons…. when women in detention centres have to live up for one or two pads or tampons at a time, don’t get enough pads for the month and swap sexual favours aka get sexually assaulted in return for shower time.

Why care about gay marriage…. Just get it over with so people can worry about actual discrimination, such as Tasmanian schools wanting to be able to expel queer teens on religious grounds.

I’m sure there’s more… But those two are pissing me off this week. And I’m on my phone and suck at Swype.

I used to hate those people. The my cause is more important than yours… But I’m wavering!

Or reading too much Razer ( I blame you Bronwyn!)

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So, there’s this thing in Australian politics where, despite signing up for a certain party and normally being help to vote to what the party thinks, means thaat individual members of parliament are allowed to make a “Consceince Vote” when it comes to matters where, basically, religion may come into play.

A conscience vote or free vote is a type of vote in a legislative body where legislators are allowed to vote according to their own personal conscience rather than according to an official line set down by their political party.

Thanks, Wikipedia

So, you have parties like the Labor party where you can get FIRED for voting against the caucus, where MPs can vote for or against say, euthanasia, or abortion laws, and not fear the wrath of their party.

Or, they can feel that the same “moral” status applies to issues that are clearly about discriminating against 10% of the population, and say that
gay marriage” is a matter of conscience, whereas it’s really a matter of changing one or two words so that people can enter into state-sanctioned monogamous unions. You know, because for tax purposes same-sex partnerships are taxed the same and given the same cred as M/F relationships.

(Personally, I wanna see everyone move past the marriage thing and get back to the late 80s wehere “FUCK YOU I’m not gonna be anyone’s “wife” and change my name and submit to it all”)

But,

Think about history.

Once upon a time it was immoral for a woman to go to work when her husband should be the breadwinner. Undermining him and all that.

So why not got back to the 70s and call a “conscience vote” on maternity leave, or day care subsidies, because, unless her husband is dead or maimed, a woman’s place is at home with her kids, right?

That’s the “traditional” way. Just like marriages is between one man and one woman.

For life.

To the exclusion of all others.

So, basically, I don’t see gay marriage as a conscience issue. I see it as something that we just need to get over, like thinking that Aborigines are people and that women are capable of voting.

And if yu’re ELECTORATE wants it, isn’t it your JOB to say YES?

Am I wrong?

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OUR rail plan for NSW

March 24, 2015 · 0 comments

Patched

We all know that, heading into the NSW state election on Saturday, transport should be a concern for voters. For those who have good services, they should be concerned about future proofing them, for those with poor services, lobbying to get them, or keep what is left, and for those on train lines all over the state, we’d like better tracks that aren’t held together with Christmas stickytape, like my running repairs on this junction yesterday.

goods trains

Goods trains are of course a huge player on the regional lines – with the issue of coal trains letting all alone the lines breathe the dust from uncovered coal cars being discussed regularly in the news, at least for those in Mayfield and Waratah where there’s no keeping those damn windowsills clean!

Watchful eye

Our astute shadow transport minister, and mini me, also independantly discovered the problems with making a new series of tunnels that are smaller than ALL of your current rolling stock so that you have one set of “metro” trains that means many more people standing for a 40 minute journey, and no potential to EVER run the higher capacity double-decker trains from the rest of the network.

Use the correct size of tunnel for your trains

Fortunately we were able to resolve this issue with a little re-jigging of the path after one incident with the bridge.

Grand plans

We’ve already completed the “under table rail link” and construction was underway to join the two fiddly loops with a shuttle train.

Tunnels

It appears also that Minister Ez is a fan of heavy rail where heavy rail should be, and no overlap with buses and cars – buses on the rail routes were quickly removed from service. Her or the highway – buses will not replace trains in her world.

choo choo
Choo Choo!

What would you change about your local public transport?

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We had thought that THIS was the end of Lambie and the Brick…

But, there’s only one member of the Palmer United Party left in the senate, after Lazarus and Lambie left….

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A sad sad day

Classic Lambie and the Brick (and Wang)

What WILL 2015 bring?

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A thousand lashes for Raif Badawi, while the West stays silent on Saudi human rights (Republished from TheConversation)

January 19, 2015

By Madawi al-Rasheed, London School of Economics and Political Science Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger and the founder of an online liberal debating forum has become the most recent victim of the unjust Saudi justice system and the contradictions, one might say hypocrisy, of the Saudi monarchy. In May 2014 Badawi was sentenced to ten […]

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[EDITED] Happy Birthday Jeff McCloy!

October 12, 2014

EDITED 13/10 – I was asked rather nicely to take these images (and the post, but that’s not happening) down by a member of the birthday party Jeff was with last night. Since I don’t feel like too much hassle I’ll run with it – but I think whoever posted the pics originally will realise […]

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On My Mind

June 28, 2014

(a soundtrack to this post…..) In no particular order, other than the tabs open in my browser….. Why do we care about Peter Greste and co’s ridiculous trial an imprisonment? Well, let’s see, if a white Aussie male can’t get justice, who can in this world? (or the Egyptian world anyway). In six months, the […]

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Where IS the problem?

June 4, 2014

I know I’ve managed to keep this place politics-free for a little while. But this budget just keeps grinding away at me. Where is the ENCOURAGEMENT to be a better person, a better nation? To support one-another (students, those fresh out of uni, the shot- and longer-term unemployed, people with disabilities, families, the older people […]

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I’m all for reintroducing Knighthoods and Dames – If they bring on the Republic!

March 25, 2014

If anyone was to kick off the republican debate, it was surely to be because of a move from Tony Abbott…. in this case, bringing back knighthoods! While I know it is a step back in time, sometimes we need them. To make people think. To make people realise what an outdated institution the British […]

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Sighing (not yet weeping) about the future of the country

September 18, 2013

*sigh* Instead I’ll listen to new music from a talented Kiwi. Like this:Like Loading…

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