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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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Riverina Greens: Turnbull budget would rob millions of dollars from Riverina public schools

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2017
Protecting funding for local public schools was identified as a top priority to maintain local education standards when members of the Riverina Greens local group met Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon on Saturday. 
 
"Our local public schools collectively would lose millions of dollars if the Turnbull budget plan is not blocked," Kevin Poynter, Riverina Greens spokesperson, has warned.
 
"Public schools in the Riverina cannot afford to lose any of the agreed funding allocation set out in the Federal-NSW Schools Funding Agreement.
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Urgent action needed on rental affordability

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2017
The Rental Affordability Index for December 2016 released today shows urgent action needs to be taken by the Turnbull government, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
“The deeply shocking statistics about rental affordability keep coming, but we are not seeing any action from the Turnbull government,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
“In the recent budget there was no real funding increase for social housing and homelessness services, and no increase in rent assistance for low-income renters.
 
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Turnbull’s contamination taskforce must publicly report activities

Ahead of the visit of Turnbull government’s contamination taskforce to the Williamtown ‘red zone’ in NSW tomorrow, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the government to publicly report on the taskforce’s activities.
 
Senator James McGrath is the head of the prime ministerial contamination taskforce. 
 
“For many residents tomorrow’s visit will be too little too late, and I certainly understand that. It has been a long, hard slog for many residents whose lives have been upturned by this disaster,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
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Motion: Food Labelling

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:34): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that:

(i) many Australian consumers deliberately choose free range labelled eggs to avoid the horrific cruelty of factory-farmed eggs,

(ii) the Model Code of Practice for Domestic Poultry reflects consumers' expectations that eggs labelled as free range are laid by chickens kept at a maximum density of 1500 chickens per hectare,

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Cruel cosmetics will not end under Turnbull election stunt

The Turnbull government budget announcement on cruel cosmetics is a deceptive ploy designed to win votes at the next election, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“The federal government’s cosmetic testing budget allocation is a publicity stunt that won’t end cosmetics tested on animals being sold in Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Statement in Support of Palestinian Hunger Strike

Lee Rhiannon 11 May 2017
More than 1,000 of the 6,500 political prisoners held by Israel are refusing food in protest of their degrading treatment. The collective hunger strike began on April 17 – the internationally commemorated Palestinian Prisoner Day under the banner of "Freedom and Dignity."
 
The prisoners on strike have not consumed anything but salt water since the open-ended strike began. They say the conditions of Israeli prisons have become unbearable and they are demanding basic rights such as regular family visits and adequate medical services.  
 
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Senate rejects Greens move to review deceptive free range egg standards

The Liberal, National and Labor parties have voted against a Greens motion calling on the Australian Government to review the Free Range Egg Labelling Information Standard to accurately reflect the density standard of egg-laying chickens, and to ensure that consumers have correct information about stocking densities.
 
Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Turnbull Government has set a free range egg standard that dupes Australian consumers into thinking that intensive farmed eggs are ‘free range’. 
 
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