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Greens MPs join protest against reckless winter clearing of Leard forest

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW Environment Spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC today joined protesters trying to stop the controversial winter clearing for the Maules Creek coalmine.

Senator Rhiannon said: “Whitehaven are desperately trying to run roughshod over the local community, who have consistently made a strong case against this destructive mine.

“Today I am joining farmers, community members and environmentalists who are standing up for our land and water by trying to prevent this destruction.

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Estimates: Education and Employment Legislation Committee (Australian Research Council)

Senator RHIANNON: I note that the budget documents state that, 'The government will redirect $103 million over four years from the Australian Research councils discovery and linkage programs to other government research projects including…' And on it goes. I am interested in understanding whether it is the case that some funding cuts are in fact hidden and that there is other funding that is being directed out of the ARC.

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Coal industry decline in Hunter inevitable

This article was published in The Newcastle Herald on 22 May 2014.

Federal member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon responded to the recent loss of 500 more jobs in Hunter mines by saying the region would be an economic "basket case" if the coal industry is withdrawn.

He is ignoring the fact that the industry is withdrawing anyway, and that we need a government willing to support the diversity of the Hunter economy and help coal workers transition to a low carbon future.

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Adjournment Speech: the Rio Cuervo project in Patagonia

Tonight I will speak on two projects. They are separated by thousands of kilometres, but both highlight the problems of a one-sided view of the economy-that is, that mining and power production take precedence over all else. Time and again, we see large companies that propose dangerous projects claim they will benefit the local community, but, meanwhile, they walk all over those communities. These companies often ignore local industries as their activities damage the diversity of local economies and the local environment.

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Second Reading Speech: Clean Energy Legislation Repeal Bill 2013

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:32): What an appalling piece of legislation we have before us. To repeal the carbon tax is an enormous setback for Australia and, indeed, the world. I remember when these laws were passed in 2011. My friends living overseas were excited and inspired. They told me they were so proud to be Australian and they were in many conversations about the possibility of preventing real action on climate change. And now we have this real setback here, one that is very destructive.

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Labor should not use dodgy ARTC coal dust study to belittle health concerns

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has warned the Labor government against using a deficient ARTC study released today to shirk its responsibility to carefully consider the health impacts of coal dust.

"The ARTC report is compromised by methodological shortcomings, has not been independently reviewed and fails to consider the cumulative health impacts of dust from coal stockpiles, mining and road and rail transport," Senator Rhiannon said.

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