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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee: Social Services Portfolio: Department of Social Services

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jun 2017

Thursday 1 June

CHAIR: Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: I want to go to issues to do with housing in the Northern Territory. By how much does the Northern Territory's funding increase from 2017-18 to 2018-19 with regard to affordable housing and homelessness services?

Mr Pratt : Just to clarify, are you asking the question in relation to the current National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness?

Senator RHIANNON: Yes.

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Senate supports blocking live export of horses, donkeys and ponies for slaughter

The Senate has passed a joint motion by Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Senator Derryn Hinch calling on the Turnbull government to ensure there will be no live export of equines for slaughter.
 
“We are concerned that the Turnbull government may open the door for the live export of horses, ponies and donkeys for slaughter. That would be a disaster,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
“Animal welfare groups have seen an exposure draft order that would legalise such live exports.
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Turnbull, Shorten find a backbone - back ban on developer donations at local council elections

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
The Greens are calling for developer donations to be banned in all local council elections following more reports on corruption cases arising from the property industry buying influence through political donations.
 
“State and federal political leaders should back a ban on developer donations at local council elections to help restore public confidence in this level of government,” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
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Restoring confidence in democracy takes more than a foreign donation ban

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
Political donation and corruption scandals will continue to plague the major parties until they can commit to comprehensive reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.
 
“The Greens absolutely support a ban on foreign donations and increased transparency measures, but we’re also honest about the fact that those things will not be nearly enough.
 
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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee: Treasury Portfolio: Australian Taxation Office 

Lee Rhiannon 14 Jun 2017

Tuesday 30 May

Senator RHIANNON: Is part of the rationale for changes to MITs in relation to housing to encourage foreign investment?

Senator Cormann: It is to encourage additional investment in social housing, but I will let Treasury take you through it.

Ms Mrakovcic : As the minister indicated, the government is introducing a new investment vehicle in order to encourage affordable housing.

Senator RHIANNON: But it is to encourage foreign investment to some extent, isn't it?

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Estimates: Education and Employment Legislation Committee: Employment Portfolio: Fair Work Commission

Tuesday 30 May

Senator RHIANNON: There has been a great deal of criticism in the media of a number of the enterprise agreements with various retail outlets, which you would obviously be aware of. And I was looking at your form, F17, the employers statutory dec, and from what I can see it looks like it would work on a lot of trust. Does the Fair Work Commission rely just on the evidence submitted by employers when applications are received for approval?

Ms O'Neill: Mr Furlong will assist you with that question.

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