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Rental index shows market failing renters in Bennelong area

Lee Rhiannon 1 Dec 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 1 December 2017

Rental index shows market failing renters in Bennelong area.

Today’s Rental Affordability Index shows the Bennelong area is severely unaffordable for a single person on benefits and single pensioners. A single pensioner would typically pay 60 per cent of their income on rent, leading to significant housing stress.

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My record on the environment.

Friends, nature lovers, fellow Greens members, well the Greens NSW preselection is off and running but sadly there has been some misinformation about my work. Come, let us journey together on a fact finding mission!

One of the more ridiculous assertions is that I don’t care about the environment. My environment record inside and outside parliament is very strong.

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Liberal-National and Labor parties – not the same but both have an appalling record

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

The responsibility for the growing inequality and most of the serious environmental problems Australia faces can be attributed to the major political parties – the Liberal, National and Labor parties.

These three parties over the past century, in league with the corporate world and big media, have played a key role in the degradation of our natural environments on a massive scale. From relentless logging, industrial pollution, ever-increasing carbon emissions and traffic madness, the list of environmental catastrophes and crises that they have facilitated is very long.

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If a federal election results in a hung parliament, how should the Greens respond?

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

While elections usually result in a hung Senate, with neither Labor nor the Coalition having a majority, this outcome occurs only occasionally in the House of Representatives where government is formed. 

The last time this happened was in 2010 when Labor under Julia Gillard formed government by relying on support from the sole Green MP Adam Bandt and lower house Independents. Prior to that there had not been a hung House of Representatives election result since the second World War.

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Dastyari, Turnbull donations: another example of how business figures gain influence?

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 30 November 2017

Dastyari, Turnbull donations: another example of how business figures gain influence?

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for far reaching electoral funding reform in the wake of both Senator Sam Dastyari and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull links with questionable political donations.

"Political donations are having a corrupting influence on Australian political life, and they certainly add to the public's cynicism about what influences government decisions," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Lee on the Marriage Amendment Bill (2017)

Lee Rhiannon 28 Nov 2017

On Monday 27th of November, 2017, Lee gave the following speech in the Senate.

 To Senator Dean Smith: thank you so much for your speech. I found it incredibly moving and it captured the unique circumstances that are about to deliver marriage equality. To senators Janet Rice, Penny Wong, Louise Pratt and Sarah Hanson-Young: your speeches also took us into the intensity of this issue in terms of people's feelings and the long road that it has taken to get us to this point. Thank you so much for your words and actions. I found them extremely moving.

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Adjournment Speech: TAFE Cuts in New England

Lee Rhiannon 28 Nov 2017

On Monday 27th of November, 2017, Lee gave the following speech in the Senate.

I'm very pleased to be following my colleague Senator Andrew Bartlett, and I congratulate the Queensland Greens on their amazing and fantastic outcome due to all the hard work and strategic planning that's gone on for well over a year. I had the pleasure of joining them for a short time on the campaign trial and I warmly congratulate them.

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Draft poultry standards put fox in charge of the hen house

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the draft national Standards and Guidelines for the Welfare of Poultry released today for public consultation.

“It is inexcusable that the draft guidelines and standards have simply continued the cruel conditions that over 700 million chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and other poultry are currently subjected to,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens call for end to “Tamworth black market labour network"

Today’s reports from the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) and Fairfax Media on Thomas Foods International are deeply disturbing.

The Greens support the AMIEU’s call for employers to be prevented from using migrant workers to undercut job opportunities for local workers, and for better protections for migrant workers to ensure they are not exploited, said Greens candidate for New England, Peter Wills, and Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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