Adelaide City councillors would have to disclose private conversations with developers under an elected member’s push to “bring a new era of transparency” to the council.
Cr Robert Simms wants council staff to prepare a report into setting up an online register where councillors must log discussions they have with developers. READ MORE.
Bension Siebert, InDaily, 9 January 2018
The Liberal and Labor candidates for the seat of Adelaide have joined a push by their Greens rival, Robert Simms to abolish the “gay panic” murder defence in South Australia. READ MORE.
Homophobia in Australia
Sky News, 14 August 2017
Interview with BBC World News
BBC Impact, 10 October 2017
Debating the Marriage Equality Plebiscite
Commenting on the Government’s cruel asylum seeker policies
Discussing the Greens’ plan to strengthen anti-discrimination laws
SA Politicians Debate Agricultural Issues
‘Throughout this five-day series of debates, SA politicians discuss how Australia is travelling under the current government; the economy; increasing employment opportunities; South Australian road funding; agriculture; the environment; and people.’ WATCH HERE.
Debate on the ABC’s Religion and Ethics Report
Wednesday 25 May 2016
Greens Senator Robert Simms and Terry Tobin QC debate amending anti-discrimination laws to remove religious exemptions. LISTEN HERE.
Greens push for National Water Centre
Bension Siebert, Indaily, 24 June 2016
The research centre is the latest pledge from the Greens as next week’s July 2 federal election looms. Under the plan, the institute would be given almost $27 million per year to conduct research on sustainable agriculture, water recycling, stormwater harvesting, water-sensitive urban design and water efficiency. READ MORE.
Greens Promise To End Exemptions Under Anti-Discrimination Act
Paul Karp, The Guardian, 17 May 2016
The Greens have promised to remove religious exemptions to federal anti-discrimination law and increase funding to the Safe Schools anti-bullying program. The promises are contained in broad-ranging Greens policy for LGBTI rights to be released on Tuesday by their LGBTI equality spokesman, Robert Simms, and gender identity spokeswoman, Janet Rice. READ MORE.
Interview With Michelle Grattan About The Evolution Of The Greens
The Conversation Podcast, 24 April 2016
The future of senator Robert Simms, one of the freshest faces in the Greens team, may hang on whether he is first or second on his party’s ticket. In his home state of South Australia, where the Nick Xenophon Team looks to be strong, the Greens face a particularly tough battle. But Simms tells Michelle Grattan he thinks the Greens have a chance of retaining their two seats. LISTEN HERE.
New Senator’s Message for LGBTI Kids
Lane Saintly, Buzzfeed News, October 14, 2015
In his maiden speech on Tuesday, new Greens senator Robert Simms delivered a message to young LGBTI Australians: things really do get better. “I stand here today as an out and proud gay man. But it certainly wasn’t always so,” Simms told the chamber. READ MORE.
New Senator Robert Simms Talks Of Struggle To Come Out
Judith Ireland, 13 October 2015, Sydney Morning Herald
When Robert Simms was growing up in Adelaide, there was one thing the self-confessed “nerd” who loved debating and student politics would never have considered talking about in a speech, let alone his first speech in the Senate. While Senator Simms had a happy childhood, there were times when he did not feel as though he quite fitted in. READ MORE.
Simms to propose $800 million green car jobs scheme
Bension Siebert, InDaily, 30 September 2015
South Australia’s automative industry would receive part of a green-tinged $800 million funding package if a former Adelaide City councillor has his way. New SA Greens Senator Robert Simms will propose a Green Car Transformation Scheme to directly subsidise environmentally friendly automotive industries as his first Bill when the Senate returns next month. READ MORE.
Robert Simms Is Our Rainbow Warrior
Katie Spain, The SA Weekend, 28 August 2015
THERE’S a lot to love about rainbows. People marvel their beauty and songs are written about their allure. Put the colours red, orange, yellow, green, indigo and violet side-by-side on a flag, however, and they’re more than a miracle of nature. For members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the rainbow flag is an international symbol of pride. For some, it is also a symbol of support. READ MORE
Interview with ‘The Exchange’