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

Lee Rhiannon 18 Oct 2017

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

With youth unemployment at 11.7%, these cuts are the last thing the Illawarra region needs, said Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and University of Wollongong Greens on Campus convenor Josh Bell.

“This plan to load up students with up to $3,271 in fees confirms that the Turnbull government is no friend of the Illawarra or our universities.

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Turnbull govt three year cover up - Williamtown residents deserve full, fair compensation for toxic contamination

Lee Rhiannon 9 Oct 2017

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon is calling on the Turnbull government to immediately pay full and fair compensation to all Williamtown residents whose properties have been contaminated following the admission by the Defence Department that they covered up the toxic scandal for three years before informing the locals.

“Williamtown residents have been put through hell for nearly three years because of the failure of the Turnbull government to pay compensation and to stop the chemical contamination coming off the RAAF base,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens back Western Sydney Uni staff industrial action

Lee Rhiannon 20 Sep 2017

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Western Sydney University management to negotiate an Enterprise Agreement that ensures staff receive wages and conditions that increases their job security and job satisfaction.

“Western Sydney University management should know that their staff are the foundation of their education establishment, and that any move to reduce staff rights and conditions will be highly detrimental,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Sabra and Shatila- an Australian response

Lee Rhiannon 18 Sep 2017
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VC Spence fails - Greens back striking Sydney Uni staff

Lee Rhiannon 13 Sep 2017

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated NTEU Sydney University members for today’s strike action and has called on Sydney University management to reverse their decision to refuse to negotiate with the union.

“The fact that Sydney University staff are on strike today highlights the weak leadership of Vice Chancellor Michael Spence,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Scrap Turnbull government drug testing plan for Canterbury-Bankstown

Lee Rhiannon 23 Aug 2017

The Greens Canterbury Council candidate Linda Eisler and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said the Greens will work to build a broad based campaign to defeat the federal government’s plan to drug test Canterbury-Bankstown residents who receive income support.

“The Turnbull government is resurrecting the discredited ‘war on drugs’ strategy to try and win back support,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The Greens will not support this punitive measure when it is introduced into the federal parliament.  

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Time for councils to pay respect and commit to #ChangeTheDate

Lee Rhiannon 18 Aug 2017

It’s time for NSW councils to make history and join with the growing movement in local government that are committed to #ChangeTheDate of Australia Day.

Yarra Council unanimously voted this week on an extensive motion to no longer refer to January 26 as Australia Day, stop holding citizenship ceremonies on this date and officially support the #ChangeTheDate campaign.          

Yarra is not alone with Fremantle and Hobart councils passing similar motions, and the Australian Local Government Association passing a resolution at its National General Assembly in June to:

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Senate calls for delay of NSW biodiversity land clearing scheme

Lee Rhiannon 16 Aug 2017

The Senate today passed a Greens motion to delay setting a commencement date for the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.

“The Total Environment Centre has raised several concerns about this scheme and we’ve been working closely with them to ensure standards are met,” said Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“The Liberal-National government has been attempting to trash biodiversity laws in NSW for years.

 “The Environmental Defender's Office NSW has argued that the new NSW scheme does not meet federal standards.

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