- Kerry Nettle
name = Kerry Michelle Nettle
office = Senator for New South Wales
1 July 2002
30 June 2008
birth_date =Birth date and age|1973|12|24|df=y
New South Wales
nationality =Australian flagicon|Australia
website = [http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/ KerryNettle.org.au]
Kerry Michelle Nettle (born
24 December 1973) is a former Australian Senatorand member of the Australian Greensin New South Wales. Elected in 2001, despite an increase in votes but a decrease in preferences [ [http://www.aec.gov.au/Elections/federal_elections/2001/results/SEN_NSW.htm AEC: When: Past Electoral Events ] ] [ [http://results.aec.gov.au/13745/website/SenateStateFirstPrefsByGroup-13745-NSW.htm Senate State First Preferences By Group ] ] she was not re-elected at the 2007 federal election, and her single term expired in June 2008.
Kerry Nettle was born
24 December, 1973, in Sydney, New South Wales, to Edward and Beverley Nettle.cite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = NETTLE Kerry| accessdate = 2007-09-30| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic] She grew up in the suburbof Marsfield,cite web|url = http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/assets/200_Senator_Kerry_Nettle.pdf|title = Biography|accessdate = 2007-10-16|year = 2003|format = PDF|work = Senator Kerry Nettle|publisher = The Greens] and received her education at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydneyin Croydon where she was elected school captainin her final year. Following graduation from high schoolin 1991,Citation | title= | newspaper=Aurora Australis: The Magazine of the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney | pages= | year=1991 |date=February 1991.] Nettle enroled at the University of New South Wales, where she obtained a degree in environmental scienceand was active in student politics, caucusing with the group known as the Non-Aligned Left (the predecessor of the Grassroots Left). She worked as office coordinator for The Greens (NSW) and then as a youth worker. She joined the Australian Greensin 1998 and was elected to the Australian Senatefor New South Wales in November 2001, joining Senator Bob Brownuntil her term expired on June 30, 2008.
Nettle is a social liberal and an
environmentalist. She believes in Government ownership of essential services, which include banking, airlines, telecommunications, healthand education, [http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/500_parliament_sub.php?deptItemID=11] and other areas privatised in the last two decades in Australia. She argues that private ownership of these assets is "social theft." [http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/500_parliament_sub.php?deptItemID=11]
Immigration and human rights
Nettle strongly supports the right of political
refugeesand asylum seekers to have a fair process and hearing in Australia. She visited Christmas Islandin January 2006 in opposition to the Australian Government's detention of 43 West Papuans that landed on Cape Yorkin January 2006. [http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/300_campaigns_sub.php?deptItemID=46] She has expressed similar concern for the 83 Sri Lankan refugees that are being held in Nauru. [http://www.amnesty.org.au/Act_now/campaigns/refugees/features/sri_lankan_asylum_seekers_to_be_sent_to_nauru]
Nettle also fervently campaigned to bring David Hicks back to Australia. For six months, every day that the Australian Senate sat, she filed a motion to bring David Hicks back to Australia. [http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/]
United StatesPresident George W. Bushvisited Canberraon 23 October 2003, Nettle and Brown took their opposition to the war in Iraq to the point of interjecting during his address to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament. They wore signs referring to David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, two Australian citizens who were then being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following their apprehension by United States forces in either (this is disputed) Afghanistanor Pakistan. Both Habib and Hicks have since been released.
Bush accepted the interjections with good humour, but the Speaker of the House,
Neil Andrew, formally "named" Nettle and Brown and they were suspended from the Parliament for 24 hours. Nettle tried to hand Bush a letter from Habib's wife but was stopped by Liberal MPs and Senators who jostled her and prevented her from approaching Bush. Liberal Senator Ross Lightfootallegedly told Nettle to "Fuck off and die." [http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2003/s973858.htm]
Israeland Palestinein January 2007, where she examined "what impact the construction of the separation wall and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has on communities in Palestine and Israel". [http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/] Nettle spoke with both Israelis and Palestinians in an effort to understand and ameliorate conflicts between both groups.
Nettle remains an ardent advocate of increased public education and higher education funding. Specifically, she has also "identified the need for $7 billion in public education spending across the lifelong spectrum of education, from preschool through to university and TAFE tertiary education." [http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/300_campaigns_sub.php?&deptItemID=31]
Nettle supports gender equality, as well as a women's reproductive rights. [http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/100_home.php] During a debate on the abortion drug
RU486in February 2006, she wore a t-shirt into parliament bearing the slogan "Mr Abbott get your rosariesoff my ovaries", in reference to the Catholic faith of Health Minister Tony Abbott.
* [http://parlinfoweb.aph.gov.au/piweb/TranslateWIPILink.aspx?Folder=BIOGS&Criteria=NAME_ID:00AOR%3B Senator Nettle's Parliamentary Biography]
* [http://www.kerrynettle.org.au/ Senator Nettle's website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/kerrynettle Senator Nettle's Myspace]
* [http://www.greensblog.org/ GreensBlog]
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