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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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Gun ownership research reveals critical need for national firearms registry

Media Release

12 October 2017

Gun ownership research reveals critical need for national firearms registry

New research by the Greens shows the extraordinary numbers of guns owned by private individuals in Australia and the urgent need for a national firearms registry across Australia.

Detailed gun data is available from NSW, the ACT and South Australia and it shows private individuals owning hundreds of guns in suburban Sydney, Newcastle and Adelaide.

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Turnbull govt three year cover up - Williamtown residents deserve full, fair compensation for toxic contamination

Lee Rhiannon 9 Oct 2017

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon is calling on the Turnbull government to immediately pay full and fair compensation to all Williamtown residents whose properties have been contaminated following the admission by the Defence Department that they covered up the toxic scandal for three years before informing the locals.

“Williamtown residents have been put through hell for nearly three years because of the failure of the Turnbull government to pay compensation and to stop the chemical contamination coming off the RAAF base,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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COAG call on terrorism set to fail if gun control not strengthened

Today’s stated commitment from COAG that they will implement a nationally consistent approach to counter-terrorism will be worthless if the National Firearm Agreement is not enforced and the Registry with details of where guns are held is not enacted.

Greens federal gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “For two decades, not one Australian state or territory government has fully complied with the National Firearms Agreement.

“This is a gaping hole in our ability to respond to terror threats.

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National Gun Register now urgent

The Commonwealth Parliament must take immediate action and legislate for a national gun register.

The 2017 update of the National Firearms Agreement required a nationwide approach to registering firearms with a national information sharing hub at its centre.

Despite the agreement, the Liberal National party in both the Federal parliament and states such as Queensland and NSW has failed to act because of pressure from the gun lobby in its ranks and pro-gun MPs in Shooters parties and One Nation.

Greens Federal Gun Control spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said:

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Motion: Homelessness

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:30): I, and also on behalf of Senators Rice and Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Australian Human Rights Commission estimates that one in four of the 20 000 homeless young people in NSW is gay or lesbian,

   (ii) there is a general lack of Australian research on LGBTIQ homelessness,

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Greens back Western Sydney Uni staff industrial action

Lee Rhiannon 20 Sep 2017

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Western Sydney University management to negotiate an Enterprise Agreement that ensures staff receive wages and conditions that increases their job security and job satisfaction.

“Western Sydney University management should know that their staff are the foundation of their education establishment, and that any move to reduce staff rights and conditions will be highly detrimental,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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