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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee: Jobs and Innovation Portfolio: ANSTO and Office of Innovation & Science Australia

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Brewarrina radioactive waste facility

CHAIR: ... Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: I want to ask some questions about the involvement of the Brewarrina Shire Council with regard to a possible national radioactive waste facility being located in that council area. Was Brewarrina council approached by ANSTO, or a representative on behalf of ANSTO, to initiate the nomination process for a national radioactive waste facility?

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Senate supports national homelessness action plan

Lee Rhiannon 22 Mar 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 22 March 2018

Senate supports national homelessness action plan

Today the Senate has supported a Greens/ALP motion calling on the government to implement a national homelessness action plan, and supporting the launch of the Everybody’s Home campaign.

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens spokesperson for Housing congratulated the 26 organisations who have formed the campaign.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Tuesday, February 27

Market access for kangaroo products

Senator RHIANNON: I have some questions about kangaroo products in relation to overseas and local markets. What are you telling your trading partners with regard to kangaroo exports—and also local markets— with regard to the mass mortality events that have been occurring in kangaroo populations since 2016?

CHAIR: I didn't hear the last part of your question. I'm interested in this obviously.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Australian Wool innovation Limited

Tuesday, February 27

Mulesing and AWI Ltd

Senator RHIANNON: I want to go back to the issue of proxy votes. While we've been sitting here, I looked at the terms of reference that were circulated and I noted that No. 6 covers the handling of proxies. But I want to clarify that your situation remains that proxies under your constitution allow the person who is holding those proxies not to follow the shareholders' instructions. Does that remain the situation?

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Monday, 26 February

Yerriyong motorcycling complex

Senator RHIANNON: My questions concern a development down in the Shoalhaven area—the Yerriyong motorcycling complex. There was $10 million secured in a grant for this complex. I wanted to ask some questions about it because development had not been given.

Ms Hall: Senator, I think this is actually a regional funding program. It's not infrastructure investment—road and rail.

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Monday, 26 February 2018

Wombats

CHAIR: We now move to program 1.4, Conservation of Australia's heritage and the environment. As noted, we'll start with wombats.

Senator RHIANNON: I understand that in 2016 the southern hairy-nosed wombat's IUCN listing was changed from 'least concern' to 'near-threatened'. I understand that it is legal to kill wombats by bulldozing their burrows. Considering the IUCN listing, are you monitoring the status of wombats, particularly in the South Australian area?

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