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Call for Turnbull, Shorten to back retired judges’ anti-corruption plan

Lee Rhiannon 27 Nov 2017

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to give their full and immediate backing to the plan for a federal corruption watchdog drawn up by a significant number of respected corruption fighters, retired judges and legal people.

“It would be political suicide if Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten fail to back a national anti-corruption body,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

MEDIA RELEASE - 24 November 2017

$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

The Greens have renewed their call to ban political donations from the gun lobby following the release of data that shows firearm interest groups have donated close to $500,000 to political parties.

"Community safety is at risk if the gun lobby is free to hand over money to political parties and then lobby those same parties to weaken gun control measures," Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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All MPs must stare down Nationals call to import American gun culture

All members of Parliament in this country must put community safety first and stare down the Nationals call for self-defence to be considered a valid reason to own a gun.

Australia is fortunate enough to have some of the strongest gun laws in the world, allowing access to guns for self-defence would import America’s dangerous gun culture.

Greens  NSW Senator and Gun Control Spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said:

“The Prime Minister needs to grow a spine, stand up to the Nationals and reinforce his government’s commitment to the National Firearms Agreement.

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Williamtown contamination – from bad to worse

Lee Rhiannon 20 Nov 2017

Shock news on Sunday that the ‘red zone’, officially recognised as affected by PFAS contamination from RAAF Base Williamtown, has been modified re-inforces the urgent need for investigation of buy-back options for local residents.

Local residents were doornocked and told at a meeting, called at very short notice, to confirm that many more properties are now affected.

Robyn Williams, from Port Stephens Greens said, “This news will be the last straw for many residents who have suspected for some time that they may not have been told the full story.

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Nationals and Labor abandon commitment to protecting Liverpool Plains from mining

New England Greens candidate Pete Wills and Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon have blasted the ALP for their abandonment of NSW Labor leader Luke Foley’s commitment to protecting the New England region from mining.

Senator Rhiannon today moved a motion calling on the government to ‘protect agricultural groundwater systems by placing a moratorium on Commonwealth approval of proposed coal and coal seam gas mining projects on the Liverpool Plains, Namoi Valley and Gunnedah Basin.’

New England Greens candidate Pete Wills worked with Senator Rhiannon on the motion.

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