Greens MP tables bill to scrap Ellis defence in Queensland to open up churches to legal action

Queensland would follow other states and abolish a legal loophole used by churches to evade lawsuits by child sexual abuse survivors, under a bill introduced by the state's sole Greens MP, Michael Berkman.

Speech on the Mt Coot-tha zipline proposal

On Tuesday 30 October Michael spoke in Parliament about the inspiring community campaign to stop the Mt Coot-tha ziplne. 

Speech on renter's rights

Renters Rights - rent caps and the right to remain.

Greens introduce emergency bill to stop all Galilee coal mines, including Adani

31 October 2018 In the wake of the IPCC Special Report this month, the Queensland Greens will today introduce an emergency bill to ban any coal mining in the Galilee Basin, including cancelling Adani’s mining lease and prohibiting the grant of any other mining leases.

Greens introduce a bill to implement urgent Royal Commission recommendations including reversing the Ellis Defence

31 October 2018 The Greens will today introduce a Bill to implement urgent recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to make sure survivors can hold institutions liable in court.

Local residents vindicated by Department’s damning zipline assessment: Greens

Tues 23 October 2018 Local residents vindicated by Department’s damning zipline assessment: Greens

Queensland MP calls for rental increase cap of 1 per cent per year

Queenslanders should only face rent hikes of up to 1 per cent a year and evicting tenants for "no grounds" would be banned, under a Greens push for renters' rights legislation.

Speech on the latest IPCC report

I spoke in Parliament about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's recent report calling for urgent action.

Question Time: raising the age of criminal responsibility

On Thursday 20 September 2018 Michael asked the Minister for Youth Justice (Di Farmer) whether Labor will support the call to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years old. 

Speech on Termination of Pregnancy Bill - second reading

Decriminalising abortion - second reading speech on the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018

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