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Senator Lee Rhiannon reaffirms her commitment to public education

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2017

Senator Rhiannon said,

“For the last 28 years of my political career I have been tireless and committed in my unswerving efforts to ensure public education in Australia remains fair, equitable, accessible and of the highest standard - whether it is in our universities, TAFEs or schools.

“Any suggestion to the contrary is false and personally insulting. It also fails to recognise the enormous contribution that Greens’ members, our partners in the education sector and our amazing volunteers have made to public education.

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Greens call for an end to live exports with meatworkers union, vet whistleblower 

Today Greens spokesperson for industry and animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced the Greens bill to phase out live animal exports. Senator Rhiannon was joined by officials from the meatworkers union (AMIEU Newcastle & Northern branch) and veterinarian and Australian live exports whistleblower Dr Lynn Simpson. 
 
Vets Against Live Export (VALE) and animal welfare groups Sentient, Humane Society International, Voiceless, RSPCA Australia, and Animals Australia have also given their support. 
 
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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Department of the Environment and Energy

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Senator RHIANNON: The ANOA undertook an audit of the department of the environment's management and compliance arrangements governing the wildlife trade. I have a few questions first off there. Is there available annual reporting on the implementation of recommendations that is public?

Mr Murphy: We do reporting internally in the department to our department's audit committee on our progress in implementing our response to the audit recommendations. But there is no separate public report made.

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Motion: Political donations

Lee Rhiannon 21 Jun 2017

Tuesday 20 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:50): by leave—I amend general business notice of motion 361 in the terms circulated in the chamber and move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

     (i) the High Court in McCloy vs New South Wales (2015) upheld a ban on political donations from property developers in New South Wales,

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Adjournment speech: Gun control

Monday 19 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:12): The Turnbull government have announced the first national gun amnesty since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. With great fanfare, the government is attempting to use this gun amnesty to project a positive image of tackling terrorism and of reducing the number of guns in circulation. However, the reality is quite different in terms of what is being achieved.

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Motion: Homelessness

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jun 2017

Thursday 15 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:27): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

   (i) according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the most recent statistics from 2015-16 show that 275 requests for homelessness assistance were unable to be met each day, and

   (ii) the Government has failed to raise real levels of federal funding for homelessness services and social housing in the 2017-18 Budget; and

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Motion: Live Animal Exports

Thursday 15 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:19): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 342 standing in my name.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that:

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Adjournment speech: Timor Sea Treaty

Wednesday 14 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (19:27): Today I had the opportunity to meet with a number of members from the Timor Sea justice alliance. Many of them came to Canberra from across the country to take up the very important issue of justice for the people of East Timor over the Timor oil issue. The Timor Sea justice alliance explains that they believe Australia is being unfair to Timor-Leste about sharing oil and gas in the Timor Sea. That is certainly an issue that I agree with them strongly on.

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