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Questions: Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:10): Minister, as you know, summer is around the corner. You have been going to a great deal of trouble for months now driving what is really a very divisive approach to emergency services. It is something that I find deeply troubling. I agree with you that our volunteers here are magnificent men and women, but so are our firefighters. Paid firefighters, like our volunteers, put their lives on the line. I find the language that you have been using deeply disturbing, and it further underlines how political what you are driving here is.

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Leyonhjelm’s horse trading on ABCC reveals his craven opportunism

Greens spokesperson for gun control Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports that Senator Leyonhjelm is seeking to pressure the Turnbull government into relaxing national gun laws, in exchange for his support of the ABCC. 
‘There should not be horse trading on these bills. It is so important that we do not let our stringent gun laws slip away by bartering over bills like this.
‘The ABCC is a piece of anti-worker legislation. It has nothing to do with cracking down on corruption, it is about union busting. 
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Bob Day does a Palmer – donating to his own party while his business causes pain and hardship for many

Lee Rhiannon 17 Oct 2016
Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on news that Family First Senator Bob Day’s national home building empire has gone into liquidation. 
“The Bob Day saga of political donations and a collapsed building empire is another reminder of the need for far reaching electoral funding reform,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
“While Bob Day’s building empire Home Australia was leaving many, many people in financial stress, Bob Day was pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into his own party’s coffers. 
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Greens renew call to end negative gearing and reform CGT

Lee Rhiannon 17 Oct 2016
A recent housing survey, that found 79 per cent of Australians believe the job of government is to ensure new housing developments include affordable housing, puts the Prime Minister on notice to phase out negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts. 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Greens are renewing their calls to phase out negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts. The Greens want to direct proceeds from those reforms into affordable housing. 
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Motion: Housing affordability

Lee Rhiannon 13 Oct 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:58): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) Australian dwellings increased in price by 10 per cent in 2015-16, indicating a clear national housing affordability crisis, with Sydney prices increasing by 13 per cent and Melbourne by 13.9 per cent, and

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