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Lee and Jeremy Buckingham join Greens Leader Christine Milne in Orange on first stop of listening tour

Lee Rhiannon is joining Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and NSW Greens MP and former Orange City Councillor Jeremy Buckingham in Orange on Wednesday 18 April.

Senator Milne will begin her promised listening tour of regional Australia with a visit to orchardists and graziers around Orange. 

“The Greens NSW are delighted that Christine Milne has chosen Orange as the first port of call for her rural and regional listening tour,” said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

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AFP outsourcing spying on climate activists to private firm called NOSIC.

Senators Ludlam and Rhiannon asked the following question at the hearing on 14 February 2012:
Senator LUDLAM: ... I have a follow-up to one of Senator Wright's questions about NOSIC and your slightly creepy consultancy with them. You talked in a bit of detail about open source reporting. Would you consider somebody setting up a fake Facebook account as open source? Do they do that kind of thing?
Mr Negus: I would have to take that on notice. I do not have the detail about whether that would be captured or not; I just do not know.

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Rhiannon puts Mudgee mega mines in federal parliament spotlight

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon last night in federal parliament pointed the finger at state and federal governments for not considering the cumulative impact of the Mudgee mega coal mines - Ulan, Wilpinjong, Moolarben - on the precious Goulburn water catchment.

In her speech to the Senate (in full below), Senator Rhiannon noted the massive scale of the foreign-owned Ulan, Wilpinjong and Moolarben mines. Combined these mines will produce a total of 52 million tonnes of coal each year, destined for export to Asian markets:

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$946 million Biodiversity Fund Open For Applications: Greens

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon is calling on communities in New South Wales to apply for funds to replant and restore bushland, restore native habitats including wetlands and to reduce the impacts of weeds and feral animals under the Commonwealth $946 million Biodiversity Fund grants program they negotiated as part of the Clean Energy Future Package.

“This is an exciting opportunity for local organisations which are interested in restoring and enhancing native bushlands across NSW,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Rhiannon congratulates Liverpool Plains farmers on Santos coal seam gas win

Today’s reports that Santos will abandon plans to drill exploratory coal seam gas wells at Spring Ridge near Gunnedah until the Namoi water catchment study has been released is a massive win for the local community, said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

“The local community deserves congratulations for staring down coal seam gas operator Santos and putting a stop to exploratory drilling until more is known about its impact on the precious Namoi water catchment,” said Senator Rhiannon.

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Steel Package now law: Greens amendment on Illawarra Green Jobs Plan lost

Greens MP for NSW Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the passage of the Steel Transformation Plan Bill, and with it $180 million earmarked for BlueScope, while expressing disappointment that Labor voted against a Greens amendment to highlight the Green Jobs Illawarra Action Plan.

"The Greens voted for this bill because we are committed to ensuring job security. This is a win for workers in the Illawarra region," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Climate package set to pass: NSW must position itself to gain

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said today’s historic Senate vote which sees the Climate Package become law presents an opportunity for NSW to grow new greens jobs and innovative industries. 

"NSW is faced with a stark choice: move forward and transform to a low carbon economy or push on with a coal dominated economy,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The NSW Coalition government faces a conflict of interest.

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