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Scrap Turnbull government drug testing plan for Canterbury-Bankstown

Lee Rhiannon 23 Aug 2017

The Greens Canterbury Council candidate Linda Eisler and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said the Greens will work to build a broad based campaign to defeat the federal government’s plan to drug test Canterbury-Bankstown residents who receive income support.

“The Turnbull government is resurrecting the discredited ‘war on drugs’ strategy to try and win back support,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The Greens will not support this punitive measure when it is introduced into the federal parliament.  

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Review of political donations commences

Lee Rhiannon 22 Aug 2017

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is conducting a review into political donations as part of its inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 election.


Key dates



Due by close of business Monday 4 September 2017


Public hearings

15 September, 20 October 2017 and further dates as required

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Time for councils to pay respect and commit to #ChangeTheDate

Lee Rhiannon 18 Aug 2017

It’s time for NSW councils to make history and join with the growing movement in local government that are committed to #ChangeTheDate of Australia Day.

Yarra Council unanimously voted this week on an extensive motion to no longer refer to January 26 as Australia Day, stop holding citizenship ceremonies on this date and officially support the #ChangeTheDate campaign.          

Yarra is not alone with Fremantle and Hobart councils passing similar motions, and the Australian Local Government Association passing a resolution at its National General Assembly in June to:

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Lee's Travel Expenses January - July 2017

Lee Rhiannon 16 Aug 2017

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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Senate calls for delay of NSW biodiversity land clearing scheme

Lee Rhiannon 16 Aug 2017

The Senate today passed a Greens motion to delay setting a commencement date for the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.

“The Total Environment Centre has raised several concerns about this scheme and we’ve been working closely with them to ensure standards are met,” said Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“The Liberal-National government has been attempting to trash biodiversity laws in NSW for years.

 “The Environmental Defender's Office NSW has argued that the new NSW scheme does not meet federal standards.

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Response to Bob Brown comments

Lee Rhiannon 14 Aug 2017

“Bob Brown accuses me of being a team wrecker. 
“I have worked energetically and constructively with thousands of Greens members. I have worked cooperatively with Greens colleagues in both the NSW parliament and the federal parliament, even though that has sometimes not been reciprocated.  
“I am a team player, and respect the decisions of the party.

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Adjournment Speech: Palestine

Tuesday 8 August

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:21): I recently returned from a self-funded fact finding trip to Palestine. As well as visiting Australian aid projects in the West Bank, I met with organisations and Palestinians living inside the 1948 borders of Israel. This was a very informative visit. I do thank Union Aid Abroad and EuroPal for their assistance.

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