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Greens call on Turnbull to back Ley’s live export Bill

MEDIA RELEASE – 21 May 2018

Greens call on Turnbull to back Ley’s live export Bill

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Sussan Ley for introducing a Bill to the House of Representatives to transition out of live sheep exports and has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support the Bill.

“I congratulate Sussan Ley for taking a stand against animal cruelty and introducing this Bill to the House of Representatives to transition Australia out of the live sheep export trade.

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Live export review a con – Crossbench Senate Bill to proceed: Greens

The Australian Greens today confirmed the crossbench Senate bill to end live sheep exports will proceed on June 18 after the Independent Review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep’s failed to give recommendations that would guarantee that the mass deaths of sheep on live export ships will end.

“Minister David Littleproud effectively set this inquiry up to deliver recommendations that suit the interests of the live export industry,” Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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70 years of Nakba - Turnbull govt silence on Gaza border massacre is Australia’s shame

Lee Rhiannon 15 May 2018

Commenting on the violent killing of unarmed protestors at the Gaza border, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said the Australian government’s silence over the Israeli state sanctioned atrocities committed at the Gaza border fence was deeply insulting, firmly places Australia on the wrong side of history and will damage our international standing.

“Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s decision to not condemn Israel’s crimes reveals the depth of the Turnbull government’s unquestioning allegiance to a murderous regime,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Senate plan to transition away from live sheep exports

A pathway to transition away from the live sheep export trade could be in place before the end of the year if Senate crossbenchers can win support for their Private Members Bill.

Senators Lee Rhiannon and Derryn Hinch have given notice of the Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-Haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018. They hope it will be debated and voted on during the June Senate sitting.

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Budget 2018 dismisses housing crisis but Senate demands action

Lee Rhiannon 9 May 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 9 May 2018

Budget 2018 dismisses housing crisis but Senate demands action

The 2018 Budget contained no new measures to significantly improve housing affordability or security. But today the Senate has passed a Greens/ALP motion calling for a desperately needed increase in funding for social housing and homelessness services, and to ensure renters’ rights are protected.

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Call for Labor to back Greens bill to end live sheep exports

The end to live sheep exports within two years is now within reach if Labor and the cross bench back the Greens bill to transition out of live animal exports within 2 years.

The Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long‑haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 will be introduced into parliament next week and sets out a two year transition plan to achieve a complete prohibition on the export of live sheep by long-haul sea voyages.

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Animal welfare organisations take the lead on addressing live exports – Turnbull government must act

Media release – 3rd May

Animal welfare organisations take the lead on addressing live exports – Turnbull government must act

Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Animals Australia and the RSCPA for offering to contribute $500,000 each to a structural adjustment package for sheep producers to assist with a transition out of the live sheep export trade.

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Lee's Travel Expenses January - March 2018

Lee Rhiannon 2 May 2018

Lee's duties as a Senator for NSW and a portfolio holder for the Australian Greens require her to travel both within NSW and interstate. Senate related travel is paid for using parliamentary allowances.

As Australian Greens spokesperson for democracy Lee has long campaigned for more scrutiny of how MPs use allowances and  for this information to be made public as close to real time as possible.

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Anglicare rental affordability survey shows action needed for Illawarra region

Lee Rhiannon 30 Apr 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 30 April 2018

Anglicare rental affordability survey shows action needed for Illawarra region

The Anglicare Australia Rental Affordability Snapshot has found there were no properties surveyed in the whole Illawarra region affordable for a single person on Newstart or Youth Allowance, even in a share house. For a couple on the minimum wage with two young children and associated tax benefits and the parenting payment, only 4% of surveyed properties were affordable. For a couple on a pension, it was only 3%.

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