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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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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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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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