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New evidence of cluster bombs in Sri Lanka: UN must action

Fresh evidence that the Government of Sri Lanka used cluster bombs in Tamil civilian areas during the civil war in 2009 must not be ignored by the currently sitting UN Human Rights Council, said Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"This evidence is further proof of what survivors of the conflict spoke of seven years ago," said Senator Rhiannon.

"A recently published testimonial by Dr Varatharajah, a doctor working in the former conflict zone, also confirmed the use of cluster bombs on civilian populations.

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Call to the University of Sydney: end witch hunt against Associate Professor Jake Lynch

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor to end his threat of disciplinary action against Associate Professor Jake Lynch.

Senator Rhiannon today joined students, academics and unions to protest against the University of Sydney's attempts to suppress peaceful dissent and their threat to take disciplinary action against Associate Professor Lynch.

"Associate Professor Lynch did nothing more than verbally defend the right to peacefully protest at a talk last month given by Colonel Richard Kemp.

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Liberals, Nationals, Labor give win to coal industry - block vote against protection for unique Gardens of Stone

The Liberals, Nationals and Labor have voted down a Greens' motion calling on the NSW state government to extend national park protection for the Gardens of Stone in the Greater Blue Mountains.
NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said "Labor, the Liberals and the Nationals have sided with coal companies and the Baird government in refusing to support the growing call for an expansion of national park protection for the Gardens of Stone.

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Adjournment: Conscription

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:02): As commemorations of First World War events are being rolled out we should also remember that many courageous people took a stand for world peace and did not support this war. Some became conscientious objectors. The words of the last Anzac are a reminder that we should remember and honour these people. The last Anzac-the last Anzac for the whole world-lived in Tasmania, and he said on his deathbed:

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