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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON: I had a question on notice from October 2015, question 155. The answer from those estimates advised that the Australian government had not made any formal representations to Californian law makers about kangaroo market access to California. But I understand that the government—

Mr Quinlivan: Sorry, this is a different area and we will just get the right officers to the table.

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

Monday, 27 February 2017

CHAIR: Thank you. For the information of senators Ludlum and Rhiannon, what we do is give the call to your Greens and to our voting member. In this case, Senator Rice will yield the floor to you both for whatever time you need.

Senator STERLE: As long as there is no factional blue going on.

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Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee: Attorney-General's Portfolio: Attorney-General's Department

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON: In estimates on Monday of this week, Senator Brandis, you argued that Senate order 20C, for rolling disclosure of meetings with former ministers, is potentially invalid on the basis of advice from the Clerk of the House of Representatives. The Greens have obtained today advice from the Acting Clerk of the Senate, Mr Richard Pye, which confirms that the order is valid.

Senator Brandis: That does not surprise me, Senator Rhiannon.

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Director of National Parks

Monday, February 27, 2017

Senator RHIANNON: Are there plans to export platypuses—possibly from Taronga Zoo to San Diego Zoo?

Mr Knudson : I think we would be dealing with that under 1.1. The Threatened Species Commissioner could talk about that in more detail at that point.

Senator RHIANNON: Has 1.1 already been done?

Mr Thompson : Wildlife trade? Maybe the commissioner should deal with that.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio

Monday, 27 February 2017

CHAIR: Thank you. Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: I have some issues to deal with on the Prime Minister's statement of ministerial standards. I wanted to ask about the Prime Minister's statement of ministerial standards, Minister, and the cooling-off period for former ministers during which they are not allowed to lobby the government.

Senator Brandis: Yes.

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Committee: Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:44): I move Greens amendment (2) on sheet 8066:

(2) Page 43 (after line 5), after clause 63, insert:

63A Electorate allowance

Despite any provision of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, if the Remuneration Tribunal determines an electorate allowance for members of parliament, the Remuneration Tribunal must:

(a) require the electorate allowance to be deposited into a separate account of the member; and

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Committee: Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:39): I move Greens amendment (1) on sheet 8066:

(1) Page 29 (after line 24), at the end of Division 7, add:

34A Authority must refer fraud to the Australian Federal Police

(1) If the Authority suspects that a claim in relation to any of the following is fraudulent or misleading, the Authority must refer the matter to the Australian Federal Police:

(a) an MP work expense;

(b) an MP travel allowance;

(c) a designated parliamentary benefit;

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Committee: Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:51): The Greens oppose item 11 of schedule 1 in the following terms:

(4) Schedule 1, item 11, page 7 (lines 11 to 15), to be opposed.

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The CHAIR: The question is that item 11 of schedule 1 stand as printed.

Question agreed to.

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