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Motion: Discrimination based on Work and Descent

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:45): I, and also on behalf of Senator Moore, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) over 260 million people across the globe, including around 210 million Dalits in South Asia, face Discrimination based on Work and Descent including caste and untouchability (DWD),

   (ii) as well as South Asia, significant communities also live in Japan (Burakumin), Africa, Latin America (Quilombo) and Europe (Romani),

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The Greens NSW

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:08): The Greens New South Wales is the party I joined in 1990, the party I'm very proud to be a member of, the party that has consistently shown what a well-organised, small, left-wing party can achieve.

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Speech: Middle East

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:19): I ask that general business notice of motion No. 891 standing in my name for today relating to Ms Khalida Jarrar be taken as a formal motion.

The PRESIDENT: Is there any objection?

 Senator McGrath: Yes.

The PRESIDENT: There is an objection to formality being granted.

 Senator RHIANNON: I seek leave to make a short statement.

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Adjournment speech: The Greens New South Wales

Monday, 25 June 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:08): The Greens New South Wales is the party I joined in 1990. It is the party I'm very proud to be a member of, the party that has consistently shown what a well-organised, small, left-wing party can achieve. I want to put some of our electoral achievements on the record, as our results have been misrepresented in ways that have contributed to the false narrative that the Greens New South Wales is underperforming. In fact, the opposite is the case.

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Contamination scandal demands urgent federal and state cooperation

Lee Rhiannon 18 Jun 2018

As the number of PFAS contaminated sites continues to grow, the Greens are calling on federal, state and territory governments to urgently offer assistance to impacted residents and workers and clean up the toxic chemicals.

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “It’s past time that Australia ratify the United Nation’s Stockholm Convention agreement to ban PFOS chemicals.

“The Turnbull government has been caught out trying to downplay the serious health impact of these chemicals. 

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Richmond RAAF Base toxic contamination - Defence must not repeat Williamtown mistakes

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2018

Following the release of the Defence Department report into toxic contamination coming off the Richmond RAAF Base, The Greens have called on the Federal Government to commit to an immediate clean up to protect the Hawkesbury River and the reputation of the Hawkesbury’s agriculture and river-based lifestyle.

The report found a 10 square kilometre plume of chemical contamination in groundwater surrounding the RAAF Base, contaminating Rickaby's Creek and Baker's Lagoon, with probable discharges into the Hawkesbury River.

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Lee Rhiannon to retire as a Greens Senator in August – political life to continue

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2018

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has today announced that she will retire from Parliament in August 2018.

In an email to all Greens NSW members Lee warmly congratulated Dr Mehreen Faruqi who will replace her in the Senate and lead the Greens NSW Senate ticket in the next federal election.

Senator Rhiannon is a long-term social justice and environmental activist who was elected to the Senate in 2011 after previously serving as a Greens MP in the NSW Parliament. Her final day in office as a Greens Senator will be 14 August 2018.

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70 years of Nakba - Turnbull govt silence on Gaza border massacre is Australia’s shame

Lee Rhiannon 15 May 2018

Commenting on the violent killing of unarmed protestors at the Gaza border, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said the Australian government’s silence over the Israeli state sanctioned atrocities committed at the Gaza border fence was deeply insulting, firmly places Australia on the wrong side of history and will damage our international standing.

“Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s decision to not condemn Israel’s crimes reveals the depth of the Turnbull government’s unquestioning allegiance to a murderous regime,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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1968-72: Days of Rage, Days of Hope

Lee Rhiannon 27 Apr 2018

During 1968 - at the height of the Vietnam War - every continent was marked by youth radicalisation and student revolts, often reverberating among the working population and Indigenous peoples. It gave rise to new political demands centred around grassroots democracy. The women’s liberation movement began to emerge as did a widespread concern with our living environment. It was a time of global revolution that continued into the 1970s.

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