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Adjournment speech: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

Tuesday 15 August

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:10)  Mr John Wilson made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services inquiry into whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors. That submission was not accepted and, as far as I know, Mr Wilson didn't receive any explanation for that. This is despite the fact that the terms of reference to the inquiry included:

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CLC funding welcome, but NSW should not have to clean up Brandis’ mess

The Greens say the NSW Government rescue package for community legal centres is welcome news, but that the federal government also needs to restore the funding it has stripped from CLCs. 
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Community legal centres across NSW like the Redfern Legal Centre in Sydney, the Elizabeth Evatt Legal Centre in Katoomba, the Illawarra Legal Centre and Women’s Legal Service NSW have been bracing themselves for the devastating impact of the Turnbull government’s cuts. 
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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio

Monday, 27 February 2017

CHAIR: Thank you. Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: I have some issues to deal with on the Prime Minister's statement of ministerial standards. I wanted to ask about the Prime Minister's statement of ministerial standards, Minister, and the cooling-off period for former ministers during which they are not allowed to lobby the government.

Senator Brandis: Yes.

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Senate Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee: Attorney-General's Portfolio (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: Attorney-General, in May this year at the Senate estimates you said that the 2014 decision to abolish the OAIC was 'a good economy measure—and we have not changed our minds'. In what way, and to what extent, was it a good economy measure?

Senator Brandis: Well, we have changed our minds since, and I am pleased we have.

Senator RHIANNON: Sorry, could you repeat that.

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Take back torture comments, Senate urges Prime Minister

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be asked to justify his remarks excusing torture in Sri Lanka following the success of an Australian Greens motion today.

The motion by Senator Penny Wright and Senator Lee Rhiannon called on Mr Abbott to retract his comments that 'we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances difficult things happen' and was passed with the support of the opposition.

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Motion calling on the Prime Minister to retract his comments on torture

We move that the Senate

1.       notes that

a.       10 December is Human Rights Day, proclaimed by the United Nations' General Assembly in 1950;

b.      on 15 November 2013 the Prime Minister said, regarding reports of torture by Sri Lankan security forces, that 'we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances difficult things happen'; and

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