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First Reading: Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2017

Wednesday 21 June

 Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:58): I move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Export Control Act 1982 to prohibit the export of live animals for slaughter, and for related purposes.

Question agreed to.

 

Senator RHIANNON: I present the bill and move:

That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a first time.

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Motion: Consideration of Legislation

Wednesday 21 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:05): I move:

(1) That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent this resolution having effect.

(2) That the Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015 be restored to the Notice Paper and consideration of the bill resume at the stage reached in the 44th Parliament.

Question agreed to.

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Motion: Building Material Imports

Wednesday 21 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:04): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

     (i) Australian Border Force (ABF) commissioner, Mr Roman Quaedvlieg has stated that the detection of imports of building and construction materials that contain asbestos has tripled over the past year,

     (ii) the ABF has found 40 cargo shipments with asbestos-containing materials over the past 10 months – three times more than the detections in 2015-16,

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Greens NSW are proud of our policies and internal democracy

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2017

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will continue to stand with Greens members everywhere for public education, social and environmental justice and internal party democracy despite the decision of the Greens ​federal ​Party Room meeting in Melbourne yesterday​

Senator Rhiannon said, "Yesterday I attended and contributed in good faith to a robust discussion in the Greens party room, as I always do.

“Consistent backgrounding and leaks from senior Greens sources is what is divisive to this party not my work with members campaigning for public education.

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Senator Lee Rhiannon reaffirms her commitment to public education

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2017

Senator Rhiannon said,

“For the last 28 years of my political career I have been tireless and committed in my unswerving efforts to ensure public education in Australia remains fair, equitable, accessible and of the highest standard - whether it is in our universities, TAFEs or schools.

“Any suggestion to the contrary is false and personally insulting. It also fails to recognise the enormous contribution that Greens’ members, our partners in the education sector and our amazing volunteers have made to public education.

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Greens call for an end to live exports with meatworkers union, vet whistleblower 

Today Greens spokesperson for industry and animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced the Greens bill to phase out live animal exports. Senator Rhiannon was joined by officials from the meatworkers union (AMIEU Newcastle & Northern branch) and veterinarian and Australian live exports whistleblower Dr Lynn Simpson. 
 
Vets Against Live Export (VALE) and animal welfare groups Sentient, Humane Society International, Voiceless, RSPCA Australia, and Animals Australia have also given their support. 
 
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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Department of the Environment and Energy

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Senator RHIANNON: The ANOA undertook an audit of the department of the environment's management and compliance arrangements governing the wildlife trade. I have a few questions first off there. Is there available annual reporting on the implementation of recommendations that is public?

Mr Murphy: We do reporting internally in the department to our department's audit committee on our progress in implementing our response to the audit recommendations. But there is no separate public report made.

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Motion: Political donations

Lee Rhiannon 21 Jun 2017

Tuesday 20 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:50): by leave—I amend general business notice of motion 361 in the terms circulated in the chamber and move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

     (i) the High Court in McCloy vs New South Wales (2015) upheld a ban on political donations from property developers in New South Wales,

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