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Motions: Environment

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:28): Mr President, Homo sapiens are part—

The PRESIDENT: I gather you're seeking leave to make a statement?

Senator RHIANNON: Sorry, Mr President; I'm seeking leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Monday, 26 February 2018


CHAIR: We now move to program 1.4, Conservation of Australia's heritage and the environment. As noted, we'll start with wombats.

Senator RHIANNON: I understand that in 2016 the southern hairy-nosed wombat's IUCN listing was changed from 'least concern' to 'near-threatened'. I understand that it is legal to kill wombats by bulldozing their burrows. Considering the IUCN listing, are you monitoring the status of wombats, particularly in the South Australian area?

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Motion: Environment

Wednesday 16 August

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:44): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) earlier this year the NSW Government released a range of draft regulations and instruments to support two laws that cover how biodiversity, 'offsetting' and land-clearing are assessed in rural and urban areas,

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Turnbull’s contamination taskforce must publicly report activities

Ahead of the visit of Turnbull government’s contamination taskforce to the Williamtown ‘red zone’ in NSW tomorrow, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the government to publicly report on the taskforce’s activities.
Senator James McGrath is the head of the prime ministerial contamination taskforce. 
“For many residents tomorrow’s visit will be too little too late, and I certainly understand that. It has been a long, hard slog for many residents whose lives have been upturned by this disaster,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
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Greens call for transparency around firefighting foams

The Greens have again criticised the Department of Defence for their ongoing use of firefighting foams containing PFAS in Darwin and Townsville. 
Today they called on the Department of Defence and Air Services Australia to release the Material Safety Data Sheets of all the firefighting foams that they are currently using.
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. “There are no good arguments for the continued use of firefighting foams containing PFOS, PFOA or PFHxS,” Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
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