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Greens: Coalition’s plan for housing is no plan at all

Lee Rhiannon 10 Apr 2017
The Greens say the Coalition’s plan for housing affordability, announced today by Treasurer Scott Morrison, is no plan at all.
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “We still don’t know what the Turnbull government’s plan to fix housing affordability actually is. 
 
“The Coalition’s housing strategy is an ongoing exercise in blame-shifting and excuses.
 
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CLC funding welcome, but NSW should not have to clean up Brandis’ mess

The Greens say the NSW Government rescue package for community legal centres is welcome news, but that the federal government also needs to restore the funding it has stripped from CLCs. 
 
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Community legal centres across NSW like the Redfern Legal Centre in Sydney, the Elizabeth Evatt Legal Centre in Katoomba, the Illawarra Legal Centre and Women’s Legal Service NSW have been bracing themselves for the devastating impact of the Turnbull government’s cuts. 
 
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Speech: Fair Work Amendment (Pay Protection) Bill 2017: Second Reading

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:41): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to table an explanatory memorandum relating to the bill.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows—

The attack on the wages of our lowest paid people in this country is relentless.

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Motion: Fair Work Amendment (Pay Protection) Bill 2017: First Reading

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:40): I move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law in relation to workplace relations, and for related purposes.

Question agreed to.

Senator RHIANNON: I present the bill and move:

That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a first time.

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Motion: Ministerial Standards

Lee Rhiannon 5 Apr 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:56): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) on 23 November 2016, the Senate passed a motion known as Senate Order 20C ("the Order") requiring rolling disclosure of meetings between current ministers, senior officials and former ministers,

   (ii) the purpose of the Order is to ensure that the Prime Minister's Statement of Ministerial Standards is adhered to,

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Greens: Ian Macdonald case another reason for a federal ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 30 Mar 2017
The Greens have renewed their call for a federal anti-corruption body, after another former MP exposed by NSW ICAC was found guilty of criminal misconduct today.
 
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “What’s the chance corruption only happens in state politics? The case for a federal ICAC is now overwhelming. 
 
“Liberal Minister Mathias Cormann has previously argued that we already have a ‘robust framework to fight corruption’ at the federal level. That is demonstrably untrue.
 
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