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Williamtown in crisis, Turnbull government offers peanuts

Lee Rhiannon 6 May 2016

State Liberal MP Niall Blair has admitted in parliament that there is tension between the Baird and Turnbull governments over the federal government’s response to the contamination crisis at Williamtown and other sites, Greens NSW Senator said today.

‘Clearly there is enormous tension between the state and federal Liberal-National governments on this matter.

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Turnbull rules for rich - $6 b ripped out education, health; $12b tax breaks for business

Lee Rhiannon 4 May 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s first budget that will drive increasing inequality with its tax breaks for the very wealthy is a reminder why this budget should be the last for this Liberal-National government, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“This is a cruel budget that rips $6b out of education, health, welfare and the public sector while handing over $12b in tax cuts and tax breaks for companies and the very wealthy,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“This budget is a huge setback for the people of NSW. 

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Greens May Day candidate launch - workers' rights priority for Blaxland, Senate campaign

Lee Rhiannon 1 May 2016

The Greens chose the eve of May Day to launch their Blaxland campaign with Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon indicating strong support for Blaxland candidate Suzan Virago's commitment to workers' rights. 

At the launch Senator Rhiannon and Ms Virago both spoke in support of the union movement, the rights of working people and the Greens new policy to expand the rights of casual workers. 

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Parramatta Greens Welcome Refugees event sends challenge to Coalition and Labor

The Parramatta Greens today urged the old parties to end their cruel treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

A Welcome Refugees Picnic held in Parramatta was attended by nearly 40 people, including refugees from South Sudan, Syria, Sri Lanka, Iran and Iraq. Greens candidate for Parramatta. It was hosted by Parramatta Greens, ,the Refugee Action Coalition and People Just Like Us.

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Greens push to keep deficit levy – revenue raiser for Hunter schools, hospitals

Lee Rhiannon 21 Apr 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said today that the Greens plan to make the deficit levy permanent will raise revenue Hunter schools and hospitals desperately need.

“The Greens have been pushing the Turnbull government and the Labor opposition to make the deficit levy permanent, as well as establishing a millionaires’ tax. 

“So it is good news to hear that opposition leader Bill Shorten has confirmed that Labor will consider making the deficit levy permanent.  

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Mayor Betts fails to guarantee community use for Bondi Pavilion

Lee Rhiannon 20 Apr 2016

Commenting on last night’s Waverley Council meeting, where the Council voted to proceed with a $38 million project to redevelop Bondi Pavilion, Senator Lee Rhiannon said: 

“Last night’s meeting did nothing to ease our concerns about Bondi Pavilion being commercialised or privatised by stealth. 

“The community are passionate about retaining the Pavilion for public use and the fight to retain the Pavilion as a community facility is not over. 

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Labor’s vote against local steel procurement leaves them isolated

Lee Rhiannon 20 Apr 2016

The Greens have renewed their call to Labor to stop using the excuse of trade agreements to justify their failure to back a local procurement policy for the Australian steel industry. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The decision of Labor MPs to vote against a procurement policy in the Senate yesterday defies logic and betrays steel workers and their communities. 

“Yesterday in the Senate Labor voted with the Liberals and Nationals against a plan that would have put the steel industry on a secure footing. 

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