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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Director of National Parks

Monday, February 27, 2017

Senator RHIANNON: Are there plans to export platypuses—possibly from Taronga Zoo to San Diego Zoo?

Mr Knudson : I think we would be dealing with that under 1.1. The Threatened Species Commissioner could talk about that in more detail at that point.

Senator RHIANNON: Has 1.1 already been done?

Mr Thompson : Wildlife trade? Maybe the commissioner should deal with that.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio

Monday, 27 February 2017

CHAIR: Thank you. Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: I have some issues to deal with on the Prime Minister's statement of ministerial standards. I wanted to ask about the Prime Minister's statement of ministerial standards, Minister, and the cooling-off period for former ministers during which they are not allowed to lobby the government.

Senator Brandis: Yes.

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What even is the point of Ministerial Standards?

Lee Rhiannon 27 Feb 2017

Today the Turnbull government confirmed that it has no process for enforcing its own document governing the behaviour and activities of ministers and former ministers – the Statement of Ministerial Standards. 

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Earlier this month former resources Minister Ian Macfarlane reportedly boasted that he would talk to his ‘good mates in Canberra’ in order to make sure that Native Title laws that threaten the Adani coal mine are amended. 

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Greens NSW backs “No WSA, Yes to HSR” campaign for Western Sydney

The Greens NSW have stepped up their opposition to Western Sydney Airport with its State Council passing a unanimous motion on the issue and pledging support for No WSA events in Western Sydney.
 
Greens NSW Transport and Western Sydney Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, said: “The Greens’ united stance against Western Sydney Airport and consistent support for High Speed Rail and public transport projects is the way to drive long term sustainable jobs growth in Western Sydney.
 
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Meat processing industry job losses – govt must help locals find secure work

Lee Rhiannon 24 Feb 2017
The Australian Greens extend their condolences to the staff and their families affected by the closure of Manildra Meat Company in Cootamundra. The Greens are calling on state and federal governments to work with the community to find secure jobs for these workers. 

150 permanent staff and 70 casual staff at the company will lose their jobs. Today will be the final day of processing. 

Greens industry spokesperson NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “This is another blow for NSW and the Riverina and our thoughts are with all of these workers and their families. 

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Committee: Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:44): I move Greens amendment (2) on sheet 8066:

(2) Page 43 (after line 5), after clause 63, insert:

63A Electorate allowance

Despite any provision of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, if the Remuneration Tribunal determines an electorate allowance for members of parliament, the Remuneration Tribunal must:

(a) require the electorate allowance to be deposited into a separate account of the member; and

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Committee: Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:39): I move Greens amendment (1) on sheet 8066:

(1) Page 29 (after line 24), at the end of Division 7, add:

34A Authority must refer fraud to the Australian Federal Police

(1) If the Authority suspects that a claim in relation to any of the following is fraudulent or misleading, the Authority must refer the matter to the Australian Federal Police:

(a) an MP work expense;

(b) an MP travel allowance;

(c) a designated parliamentary benefit;

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Committee: Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:51): The Greens oppose item 11 of schedule 1 in the following terms:

(4) Schedule 1, item 11, page 7 (lines 11 to 15), to be opposed.

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The CHAIR: The question is that item 11 of schedule 1 stand as printed.

Question agreed to.

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