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Labor takes millions from casinos; fails to support Senate inquiry into casinos

Lee Rhiannon 19 Oct 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 19 October 2017

Labor takes millions from casinos; fails to support Senate inquiry into casinos

Labor’s decision to not support a Senate inquiry into casinos after two decades of accepting millions of dollars of donations from the industry reflects poorly on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens gambling spokesperson said.

“The only thing stopping a full Senate inquiry into casinos is the Labor Party,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Senate calls on government to abandon cuts to higher education enabling programs at UoW

Lee Rhiannon 18 Oct 2017

The Senate has passed a Greens/ALP motion calling on the government to abandon plans to cut public subsidies to university enabling programs and introduce fees for students for the first time.

With youth unemployment at 11.7%, these cuts are the last thing the Illawarra region needs, said Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and University of Wollongong Greens on Campus convenor Josh Bell.

“This plan to load up students with up to $3,271 in fees confirms that the Turnbull government is no friend of the Illawarra or our universities.

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Adjournment Speech: NSW Teachers Federation

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:47): I congratulate the New South Wales Teachers Federation on a significant outcome in a recent New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission settlement. This settlement secures continuity of learning for tens of thousands of school students through increased permanency of teacher employment in New South Wales public schools.

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Motion: International Students and Jobs

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Senator Georgiou: Pursuant to standing order 75, I give notice that today I propose to move "That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The Government within a month, reports to the Senate, on the number of jobs which would have been available to Australians but were taken by individuals on international student visas."

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Motion: Higher Education Enabling Programs

Lee Rhiannon 18 Oct 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

I wish to inform the chamber that Senator O'Neill will also sponsor this motion. I, and also on behalf of Senator O'Neill, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has proposed cutting public subsidies to the higher education enabling programs and introducing fees for these students for the first time,

(ii) from 2011 to 2015, the University of Newcastle had the highest number of students in enabling programs, and

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Senate calls on government to abandon cuts to higher education enabling programs

Lee Rhiannon 17 Oct 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

17 October 2017

Senate calls on government to abandon cuts to higher education enabling programs

The Senate today has passed a Greens-ALP motion calling on the government to abandon plans to cut public subsidies to Newcastle University enabling programs and introduce fees for students for the first time.

These cuts are the last thing the Hunter region needs as they come off the back of an 18-month high unemployment rate, said Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Newcastle councillor John Mackenzie.

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International fur ban puts limit on kangaroo products

MEDIA RELEASE

12 October 2017

International fur ban puts limit on kangaroo products            

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Humane Society US and its Italian-based animal welfare group LAV, for their work in achieving a permanent ban on the use of fur in Gucci fashion.

“The ban on the use of fur by an international label is particularly significant for Australia as it includes a ban on the use of kangaroo fur,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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