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Greens seek to scrap 'no go zones' from Foreign Fighters Bill

Penny Wright 3 Oct 2014

The Abbott Government's unnecessary 'no go zone' laws undermine the presumption of innocence and criminalise legitimate travel, says Australian Greens Legal Affairs spokesperson Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said the Greens would move amendments to strike out clauses that make it a criminal offence to travel to an area black-listed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

"We do not support these blanket bans and we will be trying to get rid of them when the legislation comes to parliament," Senator Wright said.

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Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (15:43):  I, and also on behalf of Senator McLucas, move that the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) at any one point in time, between 1 and 4 per cent of the general population experiences Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD),

(ii) the disorder can be characterised by overwhelming emotions, relationship problems, impulsive and risk-taking behaviour and a fragile sense of self,

(iii) a history of trauma, abuse or deprivation is common among those with the disorder,

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Racial hate protections must stand

New Private Senators' legislation to change the Racial Discrimination Act should be voted down at the first available opportunity, says Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright.

"This legislation is fanning the flames of division right when we need to be coming together as a nation," Senator Wright said.

"A groundswell of public opinion has defeated this legislation once and we are confident any proposal to bring it back will also fail.

"It is bad idea and terribly irresponsible timing from Senators Day, Bernardi and Leyonhjelm.

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