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Adjournment speech: Gun control

Monday 19 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:12): The Turnbull government have announced the first national gun amnesty since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. With great fanfare, the government is attempting to use this gun amnesty to project a positive image of tackling terrorism and of reducing the number of guns in circulation. However, the reality is quite different in terms of what is being achieved.

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We need proper gun law reform - not empty law and order measures

Greens spokesperson for gun control Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the Coalition to pursue sensible and effective gun law reform – and not just bang the law and order drum.
The Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill is currently before the Senate. The Greens support Labor’s amendments to the bill. 
“This is the Coalition’s third attempt to push mandatory minimum sentencing laws through parliament in this way,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
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Greens urge safety over self interest in Adler debate

Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on federal and state government ministers who will discuss the classification of the Adler semi-automatic weapon at the upcoming COAG meeting to put public safety first and disregard the scare tactics of Shooters Party and gun lobby.
"Rather than be coerced by the gun lobby, state and federal governments need to listen to the experts and what the experts are saying is there is no need for this Adler to be made available under the weaker B Classification," Senator Rhiannon said.
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6000 stolen guns – time to tighten firearm laws

Today’s news that over 6000 guns have been reported as stolen across Australia between 2013 and 2015 must be a call for action, the Greens say. 
National data obtained by Gun Control Australia shows that the majority of firearms stolen were hunting rifles (category A) and general hunting shotguns (category B). 
Greens Gun Control Spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “The issue of stolen firearms, which find their way into the illicit gun market, is something federal and state governments urgently need to address. 
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National pro-Adler vote latest example of Coalition white anting gun control

The failure of National Senators to oppose the introduction of the rapid fire Adler firearm is further evidence that the Coalition is weakening the legacy of former Prime Minister John Howard, Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
“Today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should get gun control back on track by publicly stating that his government will oppose the gun lobby’s push to allow more dangerous weapons into Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
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Adjournment Speech: Gun Control

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:04): At the end of last month, along with 38 other people, including health workers, people who work with victims of domestic violence, people affected by homicide, relatives of people who have committed suicide, academics, unionists and people in the legal fraternity, I signed a letter to the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan. These are excerpts from the letter. The full copy can be read on the Guardian of 25 October this year. The letter commences:

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