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Speech: Live Animal Exports

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:24): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RHIANNON: The live sheep export trade is in crisis. Of two export companies, one has been suspended, one has suspended itself. It's estimated two-thirds of the sheep usually exported in this year will not now be exported.

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Adjournment speech: The Greens New South Wales

Monday, 25 June 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:08): The Greens New South Wales is the party I joined in 1990. It is the party I'm very proud to be a member of, the party that has consistently shown what a well-organised, small, left-wing party can achieve. I want to put some of our electoral achievements on the record, as our results have been misrepresented in ways that have contributed to the false narrative that the Greens New South Wales is underperforming. In fact, the opposite is the case.

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Motion: Australian Government Procurement

Monday, 25 June 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:08): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Australian Government's hire of public sector workers and purchase of goods and services makes it the largest single spender in Australian markets,

   (ii) in 2016-17, $47 billion in Australian Government procurement contracts were reported,

   (iii) government objectives differ from profit-driven firms, and

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Prayers in Parliament – how we can be inclusive of all faiths

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2018

 

Prayers in Parliament – how we can be inclusive of all faiths

Dear Senators,

We, the undersigned faith leaders for a range of religions and beliefs, have decided to collectively write to you and all Australian Senators to request that you give careful consideration to how the work of your institution, the Senate, can be more representative of  Australian society in the 21st century.

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Rhiannon/Hinch introduce Bill to stop Turnbull government donkey live exports plan

Senators Lee Rhiannon and Derryn Hinch are working together to stop the emerging global live export trade in donkeys and horses. The donkeys are slaughtered for their skins, which are boiled into a glutinous glue called Ejiao that is being marketed as a “vitality tonic”.

The Export Control Amendment (Equine Live Export for Slaughter Prohibition) Bill, to be introduced into the Senate tomorrow, if passed would prohibit the live export of horses and donkeys for the purpose of slaughter overseas.

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Live sheep export trade dying – Greens call for government assistance for local processing

The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to recognise that the live sheep trade is winding down and to immediately provide transition packages to both the farmers who sell sheep to the live export trade and to the local meat processing industry to take up those affected sheep.

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The government must act on the news that tens of thousands of sheep will not be exported this year due to the actions of two live export companies.

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Motion: Condolences Mr Eddie Funde

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:21): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) Mr Eddie Funde, the first diplomat to be appointed to the African National Congress's Mission to Australasia and the Pacific, died suddenly last month,

   (ii) Mr Funde built a broad-based grassroots anti-apartheid movement across Australasia and New Zealand made up of unions, student groups and a range of community groups that engaged in a boycott and sanctions campaign,

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Greens call for live export transition plan in wake of LSS summer sheep export suspension

MEDIA RELEASE – 20 June 2018

Greens call for live export transition plan in wake of LSS summer sheep export suspension

Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Turnbull government to legislate a transition out of the live sheep export industry in response to the temporary suspension of summer sheep exports from Western Australia by Livestock Shipping Services (LSS).

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Motion: Social housing

Lee Rhiannon 20 Jun 2018

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:30): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the latest census data indicates that there has been a 13 per cent rise in homelessness since 2011,

   (ii) a well-functioning social housing system that is affordable for tenants is important in reducing homelessness,

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