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Hunger for Justice

The Hunger for Justice campaign which started today is an important grassroots initiative supported widely in the community. It is endorsed by Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, the Refugee Action Coalition, RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees), the Indigenous Social Justice Association, the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union, SEARCH Foundation and Aid Watch.

I will join the campaign by fasting over the weekend. My last meal will be tonight (Friday) and I will break my fast at 7pm on Sunday 1 February.

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Baird/Abbott have only hours left to commit Royal National Park to World Heritage Tentative List

The Greens have rejected NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes' comments on the tentative listing of Royal National Park and are calling on the NSW State and Federal Government to ensure the 2015 deadline is not missed.

Australian Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said: "Environment Minister Stokes is misleading in saying that additions could be made to the tentative list ‘at any time'.

"If we miss the midnight 31 January 2015 deadline, the next chance Royal can be considered for tentative listing is 2016.

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MEDIA ALERT: Senator Rhiannon in Alice Springs to attend higher education forum and meet with local activists

Lee Rhiannon 28 Jan 2015

WHAT: Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Rhiannon is in Alice Springs to discuss the Coalition government's higher education cuts and deregulation plans, at a community forum.

WHEN: 6.30pm Thursday 29 January 2015

WHERE: Andy McNeill Room, Alice Springs Town Council Building

Senator Rhiannon is also available to comment on her meetings with Pine Gap activists, local Aboriginal women, the Arid Lands Environment Centre and the Medical Association for the Prevention of War.

Media Contact: 0409 148 226

Lees office: 0487 350 880

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Abbott government's backer of deregulation was Chair of failed for-profit education provider Vocation

Lee Rhiannon 28 Jan 2015

Commenting on reports that John Dawkins is backing deregulation, Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"John Dawkins was a former chairman and shareholder of a private for profit vocational education and training company - Vocation - that is now subject to three class-action lawsuits and reportedly may never trade again.

"Mr Dawkins' endorsement of deregulation shows just how desperate the Abbott government is.

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Greens label Pyne's latest thought bubble a desperate face-saving measure

Lee Rhiannon 21 Jan 2015

The Australian Greens say the latest iteration of the Abbott/Pyne higher education Bill is a face saving measure designed to save the Prime Minister's political skin and have called on the Government to take their proposal for higher student fees to an election.

"The Coalition's latest desperate gambit, the reduction of funding cuts in order to shepherd through fee deregulation, already looks to have failed with the Greens, Labor and crossbenchers remaining firmly opposed to increasing student fees," said Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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5000 Australians to Muir and Madigan: Don’t vote for higher university fees

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jan 2015

5000 Australian students, future students and their allies have joined the ‘1 Million Reasons’ campaign to send key crossbench Senators a postcard asking them to vote down the Abbott government’s higher education cuts. 

Launched on Tuesday, ‘1 Million Reasons’ will customise, print and post a postcard for six of the key crossbench Senators for each sign up:

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