Kerry Nettle

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Kerry Nettle "was elected as the first Greens Senator for NSW in 2001.

"Since then Kerry has been a progressive voice in the Parliament and in the community on a range of issues. Kerry has played a leading role in the peace movement in Australia by speaking out against the invasion of Iraq and working with local communities to express their opposition to the war. Along with Bob Brown, Kerry confronted George W. Bush in the Australian Parliament in October 2003 about the treatment of the two Australians being held in Guantanamo Bay.

"Kerry has also been a leading voice in calling for the government to treat asylum seekers with compassion and humanity. Kerry has been at the forefront of exposing this government's cruel treatment of asylum seekers with cases like Cornelia Rau and Vivian Solon.

"Kerry has also been a vocal advocate for public education and the reproductive rights of women.

"Kerry has an Environmental Science degree. After university she lived in Kakadu National Park working with the Traditional Owners of the land to successfully stop the Jabiluka Uranium Mine being built. She also spent time living in East Timor teaching English to Timorese women and she was a youth worker in a multicultural community centre in Western Sydney." [1]

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  1. Biography, Kerry Nettle, accessed September 17, 2007.