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Statement from Senator Lee Rhiannon

Lee Rhiannon 13 Jul 2017

“I am disappointed that a Party Room resolution has been leaked to the media instead of respecting the National Council process and letting it confidentially run its course.

“There are still things to work through confidentially with National Council and my NSW colleagues and I are fully committed to that process, but I do now need to respond to today’s article.

“I am delighted that Richard has backed down, reversed the suspension and confirmed that I will once again be fully participating in every decision of the Greens Party Room.

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NSW government under pressure to back off Millers Point and Sirius eviction plans

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jul 2017

A group of prominent Sydney residents are calling on the NSW Liberal-National government to drop their eviction plans for the remaining Millers Point residents.

The situation is at a critical stage with the NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) refusing to accept the recommendations of the Housing Appeals Committee, which means evictions could start any day.

Responding to claims that the last 24 tenants are being made final “formal offers” which if they do not accept will result in eviction, Australian Greens spokesperson for Housing, Senator Rhiannon said:

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Protect Millers Point tenants statement

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jul 2017
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Lee's Travel Expenses January - May 2017

Lee Rhiannon 5 Jul 2017

Lee's duties as a Senator for NSW and a portfolio holder for the Australian Greens require her to travel both within NSW and interstate. Senate related travel is paid for using parliamentary allowances.

As Australian Greens spokesperson for democracy Lee has long campaigned for more scrutiny of how MPs use allowances and  for this information to be made public as close to real time as possible.

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First Reading: Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2017

Wednesday 21 June

 Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:58): I move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Export Control Act 1982 to prohibit the export of live animals for slaughter, 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: Consideration of Legislation

Wednesday 21 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:05): I move:

(1) That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent this resolution having effect.

(2) That the Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration of the bill resume at the stage reached in the 44th Parliament.

Question agreed to.

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Motion: Building Material Imports

Wednesday 21 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:04): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

     (i) Australian Border Force (ABF) commissioner, Mr Roman Quaedvlieg has stated that the detection of imports of building and construction materials that contain asbestos has tripled over the past year,

     (ii) the ABF has found 40 cargo shipments with asbestos-containing materials over the past 10 months – three times more than the detections in 2015-16,

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Greens NSW are proud of our policies and internal democracy

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2017

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will continue to stand with Greens members everywhere for public education, social and environmental justice and internal party democracy despite the decision of the Greens ​federal ​Party Room meeting in Melbourne yesterday​

Senator Rhiannon said, "Yesterday I attended and contributed in good faith to a robust discussion in the Greens party room, as I always do.

“Consistent backgrounding and leaks from senior Greens sources is what is divisive to this party not my work with members campaigning for public education.

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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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