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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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Motion: Donations to Political Parties

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jun 2017

Wednesday 14 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:21): I seek leave to amend the motion of Senator Bernardi by removing (b)(i) and (b)(ii) and substituting the words 'the corrupting influence of large political donations on the transparency and integrity of Australian democracy'.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended.

That the Senate—

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Speech: Real causes of housing crisis

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jun 2017

Wednesday 14 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:59): It is a time-honoured tactic of conservatives to scapegoat foreigners and blame them for social problems. If anyone has so far doubted that One Nation are part of the establishment, witness the xenophobia in this matter of public importance. Truly, this gives One Nation the credentials to be willing and able conservative government partners.

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