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Adjournment Speech: NSW Teachers Federation

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:47): I congratulate the New South Wales Teachers Federation on a significant outcome in a recent New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission settlement. This settlement secures continuity of learning for tens of thousands of school students through increased permanency of teacher employment in New South Wales public schools.

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Motion: International Students and Jobs

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Senator Georgiou: Pursuant to standing order 75, I give notice that today I propose to move "That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The Government within a month, reports to the Senate, on the number of jobs which would have been available to Australians but were taken by individuals on international student visas."

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Motion: Higher Education Enabling Programs

Lee Rhiannon 18 Oct 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

I wish to inform the chamber that Senator O'Neill will also sponsor this motion. I, and also on behalf of Senator O'Neill, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has proposed cutting public subsidies to the higher education enabling programs and introducing fees for these students for the first time,

(ii) from 2011 to 2015, the University of Newcastle had the highest number of students in enabling programs, and

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Senate calls on government to abandon cuts to higher education enabling programs

Lee Rhiannon 17 Oct 2017

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17 October 2017

Senate calls on government to abandon cuts to higher education enabling programs

The Senate today has passed a Greens-ALP motion calling on the government to abandon plans to cut public subsidies to Newcastle University enabling programs and introduce fees for students for the first time.

These cuts are the last thing the Hunter region needs as they come off the back of an 18-month high unemployment rate, said Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Newcastle councillor John Mackenzie.

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Motion: LGBTIQ Homelessness

NOTICE OF MOTION                                                                                   12 September 2017

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move  –

That the Senate –

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Turnbull's school funding plan will hit NSW schools hard

Lee Rhiannon 6 Jun 2017
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Adjournment speech: Freedom of Religion

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:29): I am an atheist. I grew up with a strong belief that freedom of religion is fundamental to democracy. In my teenage years, I was fortunate enough to be a member of the Young Humanists. There were some wonderful times that further strengthened my respect for and interest in different beliefs and different viewpoints.

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Clinton gives lead to Sydney universities on free higher education

Lee Rhiannon 1 Aug 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Vice Chancellors of Sydney and UNSW universities, Michael Spence and Ian Jacobs, to break ranks with the Group of Eight and give strong backing to extra funding for public universities.

“At a time when the possible next US President, Hilary Clinton, is backing free education for working and middle class students in the United States, the best we hear from major universities like Sydney and UNSW is to crack down on numbers,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Baird’s TAFE NSW plan an excuse to sell land assets

Lee Rhiannon 13 Jul 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on the news that TAFE institutes across the state will be all dismantled and ‘streamlined’ under a single provider. 

“Folding ten TAFE institutions into one will obviously have major repercussions, including job losses and campus sales. 

“These reforms actually do not do anything to address the problem with TAFE in NSW, which is that the contestability model has failed. 

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Jobs growth needs a healthy TAFE, not Labor's 6 month training stopgap

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jun 2016

Investment in public vocational training through our well respected quality TAFE system is the key to securing long-term employment growth. The former Labor Government's steps towards privatization of vocational training have left a huge accessibility gap that Federal Labor is currently proposing to fill with a 6 month training wage. 

Greens MP and Education spokesperson David Shoebridge said: "Neither the Liberal's internships nor Labor's 6 month training placement would adequately give young people the lifetime of skills they need for ongoing employment.

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