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Constitution needs to be brought into the 21st Century

Lee Rhiannon 14 Nov 2017

The citizenship status of MPs and Senators has put the spotlight on Section 44 of the Constitution. We should be worried about split allegiances - but it’s politicians serving their masters in big business that should concern us, not whether someone’s parent was born in another country. The resignation of Jacqui Lambie, who has been a staunch advocate for veterans and workers, adds weight to the case for constitutional change.

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Greens plan to close loopholes on greyhound overseas trade

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has moved to shut down federal loopholes that allow Australian greyhounds to be exported to Macau for racing at the infamous Canidrome club in China. 

"I am seeking advice on what regulations or law changes are needed to close the loophole that allows greyhounds to be exported,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“We have to end this cruel trade.

“If the Turnbull government fails to act to close the existing loophole, the Greens will consider moving a Private Members Bill to end the trade in greyhounds. 

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HMAS Albatross PFOS contamination - call for mandatory blood testing for all military personnel and base workers

MEDIA RELEASE - 10 November 2017

HMAS Albatross PFOS contamination - call for mandatory blood testing for all military personnel and base workers.

All military personnel, staff and base workers who may have been exposed to toxic firefighting foams should be provided with blood tests, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“The Defence Department should offer free blood tests to all military personnel and base workers associated with HMAS Albatross, along HMAS Creswell and the Jervis Bay Range Facility,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Media Release: Senator Rhiannon congratulates Opera House refugee protesters

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has given the strongest support to Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance, the group that organised the Opera House banner drop calling for the Manus Island refugees to be evacuated to Australia.

“The WACA Opera House action is an incredibly important protest as it has amplified to the world that the Turnbull government has abandoned refugees on Manus Island,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The Turnbull government’s abusive treatment of the Manus Island refugees should be investigated as crimes against humanity.

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Senate Estimates: Australian Wool Innovation and Mulesing

On Tuesday, 24 October 2017 Lee asked questions of Walter Merriman, Chair of Australian Wool Innovation as part of Senate Estimates hearings on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 

Australian Wool Innovation and Mulesing

Senator RHIANNON: Mr Merriman, does any current or past member of the AWI board, or their family or associates, have, or did they have, financial interests in the sale of Tri-Solfen or any other anaesthetics used in muesli?

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Senate Estimates: GetUp! and the Australian Electoral Commission

On Tuesday, 24 October 2017, Lee asked the following questions of Mr Tom Rogers, Electoral Commissioner, and Mr Paul Pirani, Chief Legal Officer, of the Australian Electoral Commission, as part of Senate Estimates hearings by the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

CHAIR: I might go to Senator Rhiannon, and then I'll come back to you. Is it on a related matter?

Senator McALLISTER: It's not a related matter.

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Senate Estimates: Lobbyists

Lee Rhiannon 7 Nov 2017

On Monday, 23 October 2017, Lee asked the following questions of Senator Parry, President of the SenateMr Paul Cooper, First Assistant Secretary (DPS), Mr Robert Stefanic, Secretary (DPS), as part of Senate Estimates hearings by the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee                                                                                     

Lobbyists

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