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Barnaby caught napping on New England

Greens candidate for New England Mercurius Goldstein and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon have commented on news that Santos is pushing ahead with CSG mining in the Liverpool Plains. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said “The Greens have stood with farmers on the Liverpool Plains from the beginning and we will continue to support them in their fight against CSG. I have worked with the community as a Greens MP and as a Senator. 

“Last year Santos donated $168,755 to the major parties, including $86000 to the Liberals and Nationals. 

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Adjournment speech: Threatened species

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (23:38): On another matter, Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. Thirty native mammals have become extinct since European settlement. These are shocking figures, absolutely shameful. One out of three mammal extinctions in the last 400 years has occurred in Australia-one in three-and I am very worried that we could be on the cusp of that figure increasing. I am extremely concerned that many more marsupial species could face extinction.

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Williamtown contamination)

Lee pursues the issue of the toxic contamination at the RAAF base in Williamtown, NSW with the Defence Minister, Senator Payne and Mr Grzeskowiak, Deputy Secretary, Estate and Infrastructure.

CHAIR: Senator Gallacher, could I ask you to pause for a minute and we will go to Senator Rhiannon. We will come back to you as needed.

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Estimates: Environment & Communications Legislation Committee (Royal National Park World Heritage listing)

Lee questions assistant secretaries from the Department of Environment's Wildlife, Heritage and Marine, Mr Oxley and Mr Johnston, about the government's progress towards World Heritage listing of the Royal National Park in Sydney.

CHAIR: Is this your last question, Senator Siewert-says the chair hopefully; optimistically maybe?

Senator SIEWERT: I have a series of questions that I might have to put on notice. So maybe Senator Rhiannon wants to have a go.

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Estimates: Environment & Communications Legislation Committee (Townsville RAAF contamination)

Lee questions the secretary of the Department of the Environment, Dr de Brouwer, and the chair of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Dr Reichelt, on the possibility of environmental damage arising from runoff of firefighting foam from the Townsville RAAF base.

CHAIR: Thank you for your patience, Senator Rhiannon.

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Speech: AGL and Coal Seam Gas

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (19:25): Today, 4 February 2016, is a historic day. It is a historic day for climate action; it is a historic day for steering Australia to a fossil fuel free future; it is a historic day for creative and courageous direct action. AGL, the second largest energy retailer in Australia, has pulled out of coal seam gas operations across this country. In one centre, Gloucester, AGL planned 330 wells alone. Now many in the business reports will attribute this to the slump in oil and gas prices.

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Speech: Report on toxic contamination at RAAF Base Williamtown

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:12): I rise to speak on the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee report on contamination caused by firefighting foams at RAAF Base Williamtown and Australian Defence Force facilities. On behalf of the Greens, I moved for this inquiry and was pleased to get the support of the Senate. We moved to do that because of the rising concerns of residents at Williamtown, and many other people as well, that the Department of Defence was not being responsible in how it was responding.

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