Sarah Hanson-Young

Senator for South Australia

With a background in activism and campaigning, Sarah Hanson-Young has brought a strong human rights focus to her years in Federal Parliament.

Since entering the Senate in 2008, Sarah has worked tirelessly to change the national conversation around people seeking asylum and has called for those in need to be treated with respect.

Sarah is also a strong supporter of marriage equality and has fought to protect South Australia’s precious water resources while ensuring that Australian families have access to high quality early education and care.

Sarah has backed diverse initiatives to encourage equality of opportunity for women and children across Australia. She worked to establish a Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People and continues to call for the release of all children from immigration detention in Australia and on Nauru.

She was named a World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader in 2016 and will continue to stand up for the rights of vulnerable people in Australia and around the world.

Her portfolios include: Finance & Trade, Youth, Schools, Early Childhood Education & Care, Arts, Education

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Successive Liberal and Labor Governments have deliberately and knowingly put people at risk of physical and sexual abuse in our immigration detention system. The camps must close, and we need a Royal Commission into our immigration detention system.

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I move:
That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to protect the Great Australian Bight environment, and for related purposes. .
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I present the bill and move:
That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.
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