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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Climate Change

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: I understand that recommendations from the Australian National Audit Office when they undertook the audit into the management and compliance arrangements of the Department of the Environment and Energy for governing the wildlife trade have all been adopted. I wanted to ask some questions about that.

Mr Knudson: Unfortunately, that section of the department is 1.4.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio: Digital Transformation Agency

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2017

Tuesday 23 May

Senator RHIANNON: For three decades this parliament has been discussing the introduction of a code of conduct for senators and MPs in the House of Representatives. Could you tell us where those discussions are up to after three decades please?

Senator Brandis: To whom is your question directed?

Senator RHIANNON: Maybe to the secretary. To whoever has the most information about it.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2017

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: Can I just check if my questions can be asked here?

ACTING CHAIR: Certainly, Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: My questions are about the National Housing Infrastructure Facility. Can I ask them in this section?

Mr Mrdak: No, we have not been involved in that program, Senator, I am sorry.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: I want to return to the Australian National Audit Office's report on WestConnex. Where are you at with it? Is it something there have been discussions on, some lessons learnt and reflections on, or is it that it is gathering dust on the bookshelf and you are thinking, 'Well, we escaped that bullet'? Where does it sit for you?

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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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