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Time for councils to pay respect and commit to #ChangeTheDate

Lee Rhiannon 18 Aug 2017

It’s time for NSW councils to make history and join with the growing movement in local government that are committed to #ChangeTheDate of Australia Day.

Yarra Council unanimously voted this week on an extensive motion to no longer refer to January 26 as Australia Day, stop holding citizenship ceremonies on this date and officially support the #ChangeTheDate campaign.          

Yarra is not alone with Fremantle and Hobart councils passing similar motions, and the Australian Local Government Association passing a resolution at its National General Assembly in June to:

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Lee's Travel Expenses January - July 2017

Lee Rhiannon 16 Aug 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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Senate calls for delay of NSW biodiversity land clearing scheme

Lee Rhiannon 16 Aug 2017

The Senate today passed a Greens motion to delay setting a commencement date for the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.

“The Total Environment Centre has raised several concerns about this scheme and we’ve been working closely with them to ensure standards are met,” said Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“The Liberal-National government has been attempting to trash biodiversity laws in NSW for years.

 “The Environmental Defender's Office NSW has argued that the new NSW scheme does not meet federal standards.

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Response to Bob Brown comments

Lee Rhiannon 14 Aug 2017

“Bob Brown accuses me of being a team wrecker. 
 
“I have worked energetically and constructively with thousands of Greens members. I have worked cooperatively with Greens colleagues in both the NSW parliament and the federal parliament, even though that has sometimes not been reciprocated.  
 
“I am a team player, and respect the decisions of the party.
 

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Adjournment Speech: Palestine

Tuesday 8 August

 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:21): I recently returned from a self-funded fact finding trip to Palestine. As well as visiting Australian aid projects in the West Bank, I met with organisations and Palestinians living inside the 1948 borders of Israel. This was a very informative visit. I do thank Union Aid Abroad and EuroPal for their assistance.

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Lee's Travel Expenses January - June 2017

Lee Rhiannon 9 Aug 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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Billson snubs parliamentary rules and collects extra $75,000

Lee Rhiannon 9 Aug 2017

Bruce Billson's apology for his flagrant breach of parliamentary rules is not good enough and he should donate to charity the money he received from a top lobby group while still a member of parliament, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"What is the point of having rules for MPs and ministers if they can be breached with no consequences," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Prime Minister's weak leadership is again on display with a third former Coalition government minister blatantly flouting parliamentary rules.

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Time Labor ditched Shorten’s weak stance on political donation reform

Lee Rhiannon 31 Jul 2017

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Labor of using their classic tactic of different messages for different audiences on political donation reform.

“While Senator Dastyari is going for the ‘full monty’ version calling for a total ban on political donations, Mr Shorten is pushing the minimalist version of reform that goes no further than some transparency changes to reporting and a ban on foreign donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Labor’s official position will not clean up politics or end the corrupting influence of political donations.

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