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Motion: Housing affordability

Lee Rhiannon 15 Feb 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:32): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the proportion of Australians leasing in the private rental housing market is the highest in over 50 years,

   (ii) long-run structural changes in Australia's housing system are leading to increasing numbers of households choosing to rent on a long-term and, in some cases, a permanent basis,

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Speech: Turnbull Government

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:54): The Prime Minister's bad news week will continue when he returns to Sydney. When he goes to his Point Piper mansion on that multimillion dollar street he will have to navigate his way around a giant sinkhole. A giant sinkhole, believe it or not, has opened up. So we have this perfect metaphor. Not only is he falling into a hole in terms of how he is handling his policy work in Canberra; he will literally have to navigate his way around one when he returns to Sydney.

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We need proper gun law reform - not empty law and order measures

Greens spokesperson for gun control Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the Coalition to pursue sensible and effective gun law reform – and not just bang the law and order drum.
 
The Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill is currently before the Senate. The Greens support Labor’s amendments to the bill. 
 
“This is the Coalition’s third attempt to push mandatory minimum sentencing laws through parliament in this way,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
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PM’s axe falls on housing affordability – another Turnbull failure

Lee Rhiannon 11 Feb 2017

One of the biggest failures of the Turnbull government is shaping up to be their inability to ensure all Australians have access to secure affordable housing, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said in response to reports that the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) will be scrapped in the May Budget.

“Winding up the $9 billion National Affordable Housing Agreement will push more people into homelessness and lock people out of secure housing,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Life Gold Pass going, but the perk continues for former PMs

Lee Rhiannon 7 Feb 2017
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed reports that Prime Minister Turnbull will finally scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme. 
 
However, the Greens say the scheme should not be retained for former Prime Ministers, who already collect significant parliamentary pensions after retirement.
 
“Why scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme but retain it for former Prime Ministers, who collect hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in the form of parliamentary pensions?” Senator Rhiannon said.
 
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PM dodges scrutiny and makes the case for reform

Lee Rhiannon 2 Feb 2017
The circumstances surrounding the Prime Minister’s record-breaking $1.75 million donation to the Liberal Party suggest Mr Turnbull was attempting to avoid scrutiny, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says.
 
“Considering the Liberal Party knew during the 2016 federal election campaign that they could rely on a hefty donation from the PM, why did Mr Turnbull choose to push his disclosure into the first days of July?” Senator Rhiannon has asked.  
 
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AEC data shows total payments to political parties hit $1 billion; Greens call for real reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Feb 2017
The Greens’ Democracy for Sale project has found the total amount of declared donations and payments made to Australian political parties since 1998 has topped $1 billion.
 
“The Greens strongly support adopting much timelier reporting of donations and payments, and lowering the threshold for disclosure,” Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“We have called for both of those things for a long time and we will continue to. But we need to go much further. 
 
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