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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Finance Portfolio: Department of Finance

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON: I will not take that long. Thank you, Chair. I understand that half a million dollars has been allocated for the department to scope a new computer system to manage MPs' allowances.

Senator Cormann: If you talk that MPs allowances, that is in outcome 3 later tonight. So that is after 8 o'clock.

Senator RHIANNON: Even though it is about the allocations of funding?

Senator Cormann: This is very much a matter for outcome 3.

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Speech: Data Retention Bill 2015 Second Reading

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (19:13): The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015 should not be passed. My colleagues Greens senators Scott Ludlam, Christine Milne and Penny Wright have set out a very clear case as to why this bill should not be passed. The way in which the Liberal, National and Labor parties have colluded to rush through parliament this bill, which creates the government's mass surveillance regime, is a disgrace. It is a result of an ugly backroom deal between these parties.

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Turnbull – is he saviour or slayer of community television?

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull could become the saviour rather than the slayer of community television by adopting a spectrum efficiency approach Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

 "Minister Turnbull has been widely criticised for his latest communications plan that puts the interests of media chiefs before that of community television viewers," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Bawley Point telecommunications tower: Greens propose legislation for greater community consultation

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon says a bill scheduled to be introduced into the Senate today by Greens Leader Bob Brown would give communities like Bawley Point a greater say in where telecommunications towers are located, to address concerns about community health and environmental impacts.

“What Bawley Point residents now know is that current laws allow telecommunication companies like Crown Castles to skirt around local and state government planning laws, knee-capping the community’s right to be consulted,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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