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Motion: Ellerton Drive Extension, Queanbeyan

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:08): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 119 standing in my name.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Federal Government intends to grant $25 million towards building the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE) in Queanbeyan, New South Wales,

   (ii) the EDE would not provide a real solution to the community's transport needs,

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Senate passes Greens/Xenophon motion on PFC contamination

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the support of the Senate in calling on the Turnbull government to publicly disclose how the $55 million funding package promised for PFC remediation has been spent, and to pay for residents living in Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash under similar contamination conditions to those inside the Red Zone to be connected to town water.

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Williamtown contamination: one year on

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will visit Williamtown to meet with residents today. The Senator will hold a press conference at Williamtown Hall at 11.30am. 

Senator Rhiannon said, “One year ago residents living in and around Williamtown found that their lives had been contaminated by toxic perfluorinated compounds from the Williamtown RAAF base. 

“Many found out in the media, and that really tells you a lot about how the Turnbull government and government agencies have handled the issue. They have been grievously passive, slow and negligent. 

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$300 million for RAAF base, but residents and workers need protection

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne’s announcement of a further $300 million of extended defence contracts at Williamtown RAAF base. 

Minister Pyne failed to provide any detail when he states that the Coalition government was ‘very concerned’ about the contamination issue and that government agencies were working with Defence to support the community. 

“It is almost one year since the community were first notified about the contamination, and the sense of frustration is immense. 

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PFOS at Campvale raises questions over RAAF base excavation

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for all excavation works on the Williamtown RAAF base to be suspended until a thorough investigation of onsite contamination is completed and publicly reported on.

"The Australian Greens once again call for the suspension of all excavation works on the Williamtown RAAF base until a thorough investigation into the on-site contamination is completed and the findings publicly reported.

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Defence Human Health Assessment report confirms dire straits for Williamtown residents

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon says the recent Human Health Assessment Report released yesterday is more bad news for the Williamtown community. 

“It confirms that existing fishing bans for Fullerton Cove will remain in place, and extends cautionary advice about consumption to home grown fruit, vegetables and meat,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“This report really does confirm some of the worst suspicions that community members have had, about how risky this contamination is, and how they have to curb their consumption to stay safe. 

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Greens launch report calling for improved protection for the Royal National Park and Coastal Upland Hanging Swamps

NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon will join Greens Cunningham candidate Cath Blakey and Hughes candidate Phil Smith to launch the ‘Protecting our precious environment' campaign.

The campaign calls for improved environmental protections for the Royal National Park and Coastal Upland Hanging Swamps.

The state-wide campaign and release of a 30 page comprehensive report on NSW's diverse natural environments and the dangers they face is supported by former Greens parliamentary leader Bob Brown.

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Renew Australia: The Greens’ jobs-rich plan for the Central West

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Calare Delanie Sky will hold a press conference in Lithgow tomorrow Wednesday 22 June. They will release the Greens' Renew Australia plan for the Central West, an initiative which outlines phasing out coal and a transition to the renewable energy industry.

Ms Sky said, "The coal industry is not sustainable, and workers are losing their jobs. The world is turning to renewable energy, risking leaving Australia in the coal dust. Planning the transition to renewable energy is a sound economic and environmental move.

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The Greens launch report calling for improved protection for the Blue Mountains National Park

NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Macquarie Terry Morgan have launched the ‘Protecting our precious environment' campaign that calls for improved environmental protection for the Blue Mountains National Park.

The state-wide campaign and release of a 30 page comprehensive report on NSW's diverse natural environments and the dangers they face is being supported by Former Greens leader Bob Brown.

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