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Take a seat Tony, one Trump is already too many

It's well past time the Prime Minister put a stop to Tony Abbott's extremist rhetoric, the Australian Greens said today.

"Tony Abbott's latest outburst is destructive and counterproductive, and should no longer be indulged by the Liberal Party," Australian Greens Acting Leader Scott Ludlam said today.

"Perhaps this is Mr Abbott's way of putting his name forward as Ambassador to the USA under would-be President Trump.

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Government denies justice to East Timor

The government has blocked a proposed Senate vote on alleged Australian spying on Timor Leste, but the Greens have warned that the messy truth will eventually come out.

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam co-sponsored the motion with Senator Nick Xenophon, seeking to have the passport of a key witness returned so that he can give evidence in international arbitration brought by the Government of Timor Leste.

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Samarco Iron Ore Mine Disaster

NOTICE OF MOTION 23 November 2015

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that -

The Senate:

1. Notes:
a. The disaster at the Samarco iron ore mine, owned by BHP and Vale, which claimed the lives of twelve people with 22 still missing, left thousands homeless, and has left 280,000 without drinking water;

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15th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

909 Senators Ludlam and Moore:

To move-That the Senate-

(a) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325);

(b) recognises that women and girls are disproportionately affected by armed conflict, and that women's participation in peace processes is vital to international peace and security;

(c) notes the inadequate implementation of UNSCR 1325 internationally, despite repeated commitments from parties to the resolution;

(d) calls:

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#estimates - Myanmar's election


Senator XENOPHON: Recognising that the situation is fragile—this is the first time since I guess 1990 that there has been an attempt to hold an election on this scale—has Australia, given that we are a major donor and are in good standing with the authorities there, I think it is reasonable to say, raised concerns about that systematic disenfranchisement? This is not hundreds of people we are talking about; it is hundreds of thousands.

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