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Brazil suspends live export trade – Australia should follow

MEDIA RELEASE - 6 February 2018

Brazil suspends live export trade – Australia should follow

Responding to the Brazil Federal Court’s decision to suspend live exports for animal welfare reasons, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said this is a significant development and a further reminder that modern economies should not profiteer from the suffering of animals.

“The Brazil decision on live exports puts the Australian government to shame,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Williamtown contamination impact report due February 5 – Turnbull govt must honour Senate motion

MEDIA RELEASE - 2 February 2018

Williamtown contamination impact report due February 5 – Turnbull govt must honour Senate motion

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has warned that if the Turnbull government fails to honour the 5 February deadline for its report on the financial impacts of the Williamtown contamination scandal it will cause more distress and uncertainty for local residents. 

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$14.8m in political donations revealed - corrupting influence demands reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Feb 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 1 February 2018

$14.8m in political donations revealed - corrupting influence demands reform

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Prime Minister to withdraw the government’s seriously flawed electoral funding Bill following the release today of the AEC data on political donations and payments made over the previous financial year.

For the 2016-17 financial year over $207 million was paid to political parties, which includes public election funding.

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Call for Eastern Grey kangaroo shoot to be cancelled, replace with translocation

MEDIA RELEASE - 25 January 2018

Call for Eastern Grey kangaroo shoot to be cancelled, replace with translocation

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Bush Heritage to cancel their plans to shoot 500 Eastern Grey kangaroos on one of their restoration properties outside Canberra and prioritise dealing with the recognised threats and threatening processes to the threatened species on the property.

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Turnbull pathetic response on fighting corruption – another leadership failure

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jan 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 17 January 2018

Turnbull pathetic response on fighting corruption – another leadership failure

The Prime Minister’s statement that he is not yet fully persuaded on the need for a national corruption watchdog demonstrates Turnbull’s woeful lack of leadership on the critical issue of restoring people’s confidence in our democratic processes and public institutions, the Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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A summary of our housing work in 2017

Lee Rhiannon 21 Dec 2017

It was a lean year for housing at the federal level so it’s good to see some movements in the states and territories, particularly in NSW with Greens MP Jenny Leong's work on state tenancy laws.

The federal government has continued to protect the interests of the property sector by failing to real levels of funding for homelessness services and social housing, and leaving unfair investor tax breaks in place. We expect no changes in MYEFO on Monday.

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A summary of our animal welfare work in 2017

The parliament rose last Thursday for the year, so now is a good time to update you on Lee’s most recent parliamentary animal work. It has been a busy year  - you can catch up with the extensive work she’s done through the year here: https://lee-rhiannon.greensmps.org.au/portfolios/animal-welfare

Attached are some of the answers received recently to Lee’s Questions on Notice about animal welfare. We are waiting on more responses to Lee’s questions.

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MP false allowance claim - call for new Nationals deputy leader to repay public money

Lee Rhiannon 18 Dec 2017

Senator McKenzie should be required to repay $2279.67 she falsely claimed to attend a shooting awards event, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Special Minister of State and the Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann should immediately direct the Deputy Leader of the Nationals to repay the money in full,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Senator McKenzie has broken the rules. She stated she could claim the money in her capacity as Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Shooting. However, this is incorrect. 

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Homelessness figures show crisis worsening

Lee Rhiannon 14 Dec 2017

MEDIA RELEASE -14 December 2017

Homelessness figures show crisis worsening

Responding to today’s release of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Annual Report on homelessness services NSW Greens spokesperson on Housing, Jenny Leong MP and Australian Greens spokesperson on Housing, Senator Lee Rhiannon have called for an urgent commitment to a housing first approach by state and federal governments.

Jenny Leong MP said:

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