WATCH: "The time for marriage equality in Australia has come"

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:50 Written by // James Findlay

New Australian Greens Senator Janet Rice made her first speech in the Senate on Wednesday, declaring it was time for Australia to act on same-sex marriage.

"I'm here for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and their families," Rice said in her maiden speech.

"We deserve recognition and respect in all aspects of our lives: at school, in workplaces and in our communities.

"The time for marriage equality in Australia has come," she said.

Watch Janet Rice's speech here:

The Victorian Senator, who was selected in the last Federal election, also thanked her partner Penny, whom she has spent 28 years of marriage with.

"We are proud of our status as a same sex couple who were legally married in Australia, and I am resolute that all couples should be able to share this right," said Rice.

The former Mayor of Maribyrnong and her partner Penny also share two sons, John and Leon.

Rice, who holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, also spoke of her passion for public transport, indigenous affairs, asylum seekers and climate change.


James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based journalist and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. He is currently completing his Master of Public Health specialising in Sexual Health at Melbourne University, and a tutor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.

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