Media Highlights

Debating the Marriage Equality Plebiscite on Sky News


Commenting on the Government’s cruel asylum seeker policies

 


Interview with Sky News


Discussing the Greens’ plan to strengthen anti-discrimination laws


Interview with ‘The Exchange’ 


Greens push for National Water Centre 

Bension Siebert, Indaily, 24 June 2016

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The research centre is the latest pledge from the Greens as next week’s July 2 federal election looms. Under the plan, the institute would be given almost $27 million per year to conduct research on sustainable agriculture, water recycling, stormwater harvesting, water-sensitive urban design and water efficiency. READ MORE


Greens Promise To End Exemptions Under Anti-Discrimination Act 

Paul Karp, The Guardian, 17 May 2016 

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The Greens have promised to remove religious exemptions to federal anti-discrimination law and increase funding to the Safe Schools anti-bullying program. The promises are contained in broad-ranging Greens policy for LGBTI rights to be released on Tuesday by their LGBTI equality spokesman, Robert Simms, and gender identity spokeswoman, Janet Rice. READ MORE.


Interview With Michelle Grattan About The Evolution Of The Greens 

The Conversation Podcast, 24 April 2016 

The future of senator Robert Simms, one of the freshest faces in the Greens team, may hang on whether he is first or second on his party’s ticket. In his home state of South Australia, where the Nick Xenophon Team looks to be strong, the Greens face a particularly tough battle. But Simms tells Michelle Grattan he thinks the Greens have a chance of retaining their two seats. LISTEN HERE.


THIS NEW SENATOR HAD A MESSAGE FOR AUSTRALIA’S LGBTI KIDS IN HIS MAIDEN SPEECH

Lane Saintly, Buzzfeed News, October 14, 2015 

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In his maiden speech on Tuesday, new Greens senator Robert Simms delivered a message to young LGBTI Australians: things really do get better. “I stand here today as an out and proud gay man. But it certainly wasn’t always so,” Simms told the chamber. READ MORE.


NEW SENATOR ROBERT SIMMS TALKS OF STRUGGLE TO COME OUT

Judith Ireland, 13 October 2015, Sydney Morning Herald 

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When Robert Simms was growing up in Adelaide, there was one thing the self-confessed “nerd” who loved debating and student politics would never have considered talking about in a speech, let alone his first speech in the Senate. While Senator Simms had a happy childhood, there were times when he did not feel as though he quite fitted in. READ MORE. 


Simms to propose $800 million green car jobs scheme 

Bension Siebert, InDaily, 30 September 2015

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South Australia’s automative industry would receive part of a green-tinged $800 million funding package if a former Adelaide City councillor has his way. New SA Greens Senator Robert Simms will propose a Green Car Transformation Scheme to directly subsidise environmentally friendly automotive industries as his first Bill when the Senate returns next month. READ MORE.


SIMMS TO REPLACE WRIGHT AS SA SENATOR

Ron Hughes, Gay News Network, 4 September 2015

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Prominent Adelaide City Councillor Robert Simms has been chosen to replace outgoing Senator Penny Wright by the SA Greens. Simms will be the first out gay man to represent the state in Federal Parliament. READ MORE.


ADELAIDE CITY COUNCILLOR ROBERT SIMMS IS OUR RAINBOW WARRIOR

Katie Spain, The SA Weekend, 28 August 2015 

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THERE’S a lot to love about rainbows. People marvel their beauty and songs are written about their allure. Put the colours red, orange, yellow, green, indigo and violet side-by-side on a flag, however, and they’re more than a miracle of nature. For members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the rainbow flag is an international symbol of pride. For some, it is also a symbol of support. READ MORE.


DEBATE ON THE ABC’S RELIGION AND ETHICS REPORT

Wednesday 25 May 2016

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Greens Senator Robert Simms and Terry Tobin QC debate amending anti-discrimination laws to remove religious exemptions. LISTEN HERE.