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NSW government under pressure to back off Millers Point and Sirius eviction plans

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jul 2017

A group of prominent Sydney residents are calling on the NSW Liberal-National government to drop their eviction plans for the remaining Millers Point residents.

The situation is at a critical stage with the NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) refusing to accept the recommendations of the Housing Appeals Committee, which means evictions could start any day.

Responding to claims that the last 24 tenants are being made final “formal offers” which if they do not accept will result in eviction, Australian Greens spokesperson for Housing, Senator Rhiannon said:

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Protect Millers Point tenants statement

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jul 2017
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Motion: Building Material Imports

Wednesday 21 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:04): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

     (i) Australian Border Force (ABF) commissioner, Mr Roman Quaedvlieg has stated that the detection of imports of building and construction materials that contain asbestos has tripled over the past year,

     (ii) the ABF has found 40 cargo shipments with asbestos-containing materials over the past 10 months – three times more than the detections in 2015-16,

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Motion: Homelessness

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jun 2017

Thursday 15 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:27): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

   (i) according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the most recent statistics from 2015-16 show that 275 requests for homelessness assistance were unable to be met each day, and

   (ii) the Government has failed to raise real levels of federal funding for homelessness services and social housing in the 2017-18 Budget; and

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Speech: Real causes of housing crisis

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jun 2017

Wednesday 14 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:59): It is a time-honoured tactic of conservatives to scapegoat foreigners and blame them for social problems. If anyone has so far doubted that One Nation are part of the establishment, witness the xenophobia in this matter of public importance. Truly, this gives One Nation the credentials to be willing and able conservative government partners.

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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee: Social Services Portfolio: Department of Social Services

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jun 2017

Thursday 1 June

CHAIR: Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: I want to go to issues to do with housing in the Northern Territory. By how much does the Northern Territory's funding increase from 2017-18 to 2018-19 with regard to affordable housing and homelessness services?

Mr Pratt : Just to clarify, are you asking the question in relation to the current National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness?

Senator RHIANNON: Yes.

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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee: Treasury Portfolio: Australian Taxation Office 

Lee Rhiannon 14 Jun 2017

Tuesday 30 May

Senator RHIANNON: Is part of the rationale for changes to MITs in relation to housing to encourage foreign investment?

Senator Cormann: It is to encourage additional investment in social housing, but I will let Treasury take you through it.

Ms Mrakovcic : As the minister indicated, the government is introducing a new investment vehicle in order to encourage affordable housing.

Senator RHIANNON: But it is to encourage foreign investment to some extent, isn't it?

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