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Motion: Housing Affordability

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:56): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the United Nations Human Rights Council recently received a report (A/HRC/34/51) from the Special Rapporteur on housing, and

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Adjournment speech: Freedom of Religion

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:29): I am an atheist. I grew up with a strong belief that freedom of religion is fundamental to democracy. In my teenage years, I was fortunate enough to be a member of the Young Humanists. There were some wonderful times that further strengthened my respect for and interest in different beliefs and different viewpoints.

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Motion: Workplace Relations

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:50): I ask that general business notice of motion No. 244 standing in my name for today relating to the role of civil disobedience in reducing economic and social inequality be taken as a formal motion.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal?

Honourable senators interjecting

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Motion: Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 : Second Reading

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:53): I move Greens amendment on sheet 8056 standing in my name: At the end of the motion, add:

", but the Senate notes this Bill is likely to lead to an expansion of the Australian gambling market through in-play betting in TABs, clubs and licenced premises and questions the rationale for such an approach in light of Labor and Liberal parties having received $10,460,819 in political donations from gambling interests over the past ten years.".

Question negatived.

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Turnbull govt MP before Queensland corruption inquiry – time for National ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

The need for a national ICAC and political donation reform is in the spotlight again following news that a Turnbull government MP has been called before a Queensland corruption inquiry, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Turnbull government MP Stuart Robert has been ordered to appear before the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission’s inquiry into claims of questionable political donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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A desperate government dog-whistles to sell bad housing policy

Lee Rhiannon 22 Mar 2017

The Australian Greens have slammed the Turnbull government’s latest proposal on housing – pushing migrants out of Sydney. 

Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Today the Turnbull government is desperately trying to distract from their own failures on housing policy with some shameless dog whistling. 

“They are doubling down on their attacks against migrant communities to build a false narrative about what is driving the housing crisis. 

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Defence Portfolio: Department of Defence

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON: Minister, have you hired additional media or public relations staff or consultants who cover that area to manage the contamination at Williamtown and the contamination issue generally at other bases?

Senator Payne: In my personal office?

Senator RHIANNON: Within the department. The question was to manage the contamination issues at Williamtown.

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