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Caps on donations and greater transparency key to saving our democracy from big business influence: Senate Inquiry

The Australian Greens today called upon Labor and the Liberals to back reforms to cap political donations and increase transparency to help restore the public’s faith in our democracy, following the release of a blockbuster report into the influence of these donations in Australia.

Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale, who served as Chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Political Influence of Donations, said the report threw open a curtain on the sordid underbelly of influence peddling in Canberra.

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Call for Labor to back Greens bill to end live sheep exports

The end to live sheep exports within two years is now within reach if Labor and the cross bench back the Greens bill to transition out of live animal exports within 2 years.

The Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long‑haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 will be introduced into parliament next week and sets out a two year transition plan to achieve a complete prohibition on the export of live sheep by long-haul sea voyages.

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Turnbull's school funding plan will hit NSW schools hard

Lee Rhiannon 6 Jun 2017
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Motion: Gun Control

Lee Rhiannon 15 Sep 2016

Senator RHIANNON  (New South Wales) (12:35): I move: 

That the Senate— 

(a) notes that: 

   (i) a video in circulation violently threatens a high-profile gun control advocate, 

   (ii) the individuals in the video have previously been referred to the New South Wales Police for posting violent videos aimed at racial and religious minorities and the Greens, and 

   (iii) former Prime Minister John Howard performed a courageous act in 1996 by pursuing national gun law reform; and 

(b) calls on the Federal Government to: 

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Motion: Chemical Contamination

Senator RHIANNON  (New South Wales) (15:46): I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move: 

That the Senate— 

(a) notes that on 14 June 2016, the Turnbull Government announced a $55 million package paid for from the existing Department of Defence budget, for: 

   (i) containment and remediation of perfluorinated compound (PFC) contamination around the country, 

   (ii) an epidemiological study to examine the effects of PFC contamination in communities around the country, 

   (iii) a voluntary blood testing program, 

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Speech: Long Service Leave

Senator RHIANNON  (New South Wales) (18:05): In respect of the document just presented, the government's response to the report of the Education and Employment References Committee on long service standards, I move: 


That the Senate take note of the document. 


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Bondi Pavilion

Lee Rhiannon 14 Sep 2016

Bondi Pavilion is one of the nation's jewels. Recognised in 2008 by the Australian government as having 'exceptional' cultural significance, the National Estate listing identified Bondi as 'one of Australia's most treasured places' and 'one of the world's most famous beaches where Australians meet nature's challenge in the surf'. Bondi Pavilion is a central part of the Bondi experience.

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