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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Wednesday 24 May

Senator RHIANNON: Dr Clegg, I want to clarify some of the points that you were just discussing with Senator Hinch. I am trying to understand where it is at with regard to the formulation of regulations. Is there a draft equine amendment order that is being inserted into the current regulations that cover these matters?

Dr Clegg : No. The first step for us is to have agreement that this is a policy proposal worth pursuing. Then, if it is agreed, we would put forward draft regulations to the minister.

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Big win for animals - cruelty free cosmetics bill starts journey into law

The introduction into the federal parliament of legislation that takes the first step towards ending the testing of cosmetics on animals is a great credit to the nationwide community and Greens campaign, Senator Lee Rhiannon the Greens animal welfare spokesperson said. 

“It is significant that the federal government is now backing a bill that will bring Australia closer to the European Union’s ban on cosmetic animal testing and the Greens End Cruel Cosmetics Bill,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Lee's Travel Expenses January - April 2017

Lee Rhiannon 31 May 2017

Lee's duties as a Senator for NSW and a portfolio holder for the Australian Greens require her to travel both within NSW and interstate. Senate related travel is paid for using parliamentary allowances.

As Australian Greens spokesperson for democracy Lee has long campaigned for more scrutiny of how MPs use allowances and  for this information to be made public as close to real time as possible.

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Climate Change

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: I understand that recommendations from the Australian National Audit Office when they undertook the audit into the management and compliance arrangements of the Department of the Environment and Energy for governing the wildlife trade have all been adopted. I wanted to ask some questions about that.

Mr Knudson: Unfortunately, that section of the department is 1.4.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio: Digital Transformation Agency

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2017

Tuesday 23 May

Senator RHIANNON: For three decades this parliament has been discussing the introduction of a code of conduct for senators and MPs in the House of Representatives. Could you tell us where those discussions are up to after three decades please?

Senator Brandis: To whom is your question directed?

Senator RHIANNON: Maybe to the secretary. To whoever has the most information about it.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2017

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: Can I just check if my questions can be asked here?

ACTING CHAIR: Certainly, Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: My questions are about the National Housing Infrastructure Facility. Can I ask them in this section?

Mr Mrdak: No, we have not been involved in that program, Senator, I am sorry.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: I want to return to the Australian National Audit Office's report on WestConnex. Where are you at with it? Is it something there have been discussions on, some lessons learnt and reflections on, or is it that it is gathering dust on the bookshelf and you are thinking, 'Well, we escaped that bullet'? Where does it sit for you?

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Seven years on from Greens’ first National ICAC proposal- time for talk is over

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2017

Greens spokesperson for Democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed Labor’s support for a National Integrity Commission in light of the ATO tax fraud scandal.

“Mr Turnbull thinks this case demonstrates the system is working, but it’s astounding that $165 million has already been allegedly defrauded before charges were laid,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“Without a National ICAC, the public will still be wondering if charges could have been laid earlier and if existing bodies have all the necessary powers of deterrence and investigation.

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