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Greens back Public Health Association warning on dangerous gun lobby plan

MEDIA RELEASE - 23 April 2018

Greens back Public Health Association warning on dangerous gun lobby plan

Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has backed a letter sent by the Public Health Association of Australia urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand up to the gun lobby’s attempts to weaken Australian firearms policy.

“The gun lobby’s proposal to establish an industry-based government advisory committee to advise on Australian gun policy is dangerous and should be immediately rejected by the PM,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Motion: Gun control

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:10): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) former Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, and former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Tim Fischer, led the introduction of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) in 1996,

   (ii) a 2016 study, Association Between Gun Law Reforms and Intentional Firearm Deaths in Australia, found that in the 20 years since the NFA was implemented, there have been no mass shootings in Australia, and

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Let’s learn from Florida tragedy – Australia needs tighter gun control

Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has said the horrifying shooting at a Florida school gives further weight to the need to strengthen and enforce Australia’s National Firearms Agreement.

“The Florida massacre is deeply tragic. As we send our condolences to the victims and their families and wish those injured a speedy recovery we need to step up our efforts to consolidate gun control measures across all states and territories,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

MEDIA RELEASE - 24 November 2017

$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

The Greens have renewed their call to ban political donations from the gun lobby following the release of data that shows firearm interest groups have donated close to $500,000 to political parties.

"Community safety is at risk if the gun lobby is free to hand over money to political parties and then lobby those same parties to weaken gun control measures," Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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All MPs must stare down Nationals call to import American gun culture

All members of Parliament in this country must put community safety first and stare down the Nationals call for self-defence to be considered a valid reason to own a gun.

Australia is fortunate enough to have some of the strongest gun laws in the world, allowing access to guns for self-defence would import America’s dangerous gun culture.

Greens  NSW Senator and Gun Control Spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said:

“The Prime Minister needs to grow a spine, stand up to the Nationals and reinforce his government’s commitment to the National Firearms Agreement.

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Gun ownership research reveals critical need for national firearms registry

Media Release

12 October 2017

Gun ownership research reveals critical need for national firearms registry

New research by the Greens shows the extraordinary numbers of guns owned by private individuals in Australia and the urgent need for a national firearms registry across Australia.

Detailed gun data is available from NSW, the ACT and South Australia and it shows private individuals owning hundreds of guns in suburban Sydney, Newcastle and Adelaide.

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COAG call on terrorism set to fail if gun control not strengthened

Today’s stated commitment from COAG that they will implement a nationally consistent approach to counter-terrorism will be worthless if the National Firearm Agreement is not enforced and the Registry with details of where guns are held is not enacted.

Greens federal gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “For two decades, not one Australian state or territory government has fully complied with the National Firearms Agreement.

“This is a gaping hole in our ability to respond to terror threats.

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