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Speech: Bahrain human rights abuses

Lee Rhiannon 15 May 2015

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (26:27): I would also like to speak tonight about the situation in Bahrain. Bahrain's human rights situation continues to deteriorate, following the government crackdown against civil unrest that began in February 2011. Over three years ago the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry released its report detailing systematic torture, extrajudicial killing and other acts of violence. This violence has been committed by security forces against peaceful protesters.

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Speech: Ray Jackson tribute

Lee Rhiannon 15 May 2015

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:47): Tonight I rise to speak about Ray Jackson, who was a remarkable man. He was a Wiradjuri man who, sadly, died on 23 April 2015, and I do send my condolences to all of his family-his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and his many friends and colleagues in Australia and around the world.

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NSW snubbed by Abbott government budget, local communities hit

Lee Rhiannon 13 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has said the Abbott government has kept many of the harsh and unfair elements of the 2014 budget and has failed to deliver a credible economic plan to create jobs and invest in public services in NSW.

"Cuts of $2 billion to health care will hit NSW hard. Funding cuts will make it harder for our public hospitals to meet increasing demand," said Senator Rhiannon.

"Included in the cuts to health are cuts to preventative health research, chronic disease prevention and rural outreach.

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Albanese's world of make believe on Greens policies

Lee Rhiannon 7 May 2015

This blog post is a reponse to Anthony Albanese's article in The Australian (05/05) Sydney without an airport - welcome to the fantasy world of the Greens

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Let's get real.

Anthony Albanese's diatribe about the Greens transport policy is not really about the Greens transport policy.

It is about his seat of Grayndler, which after the recent state election has taken one step closer to becoming a Greens seat.

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Australia’s great union activist “Pig Iron Bob” campaign remembered

Lee Rhiannon 8 Apr 2015

One of Australia’s great activist union battles came alive in Wollongong Town Hall a few weeks back with the premiere of the film “The Dalfram dispute 1938 – Pig Iron Bob”.

With more than 800 people in attendance including wharfies and other unionists, a large delegation from China, and family members of the main protagonists - wharfies leader Ted Roach and former Prime Minister Bob Menzies - it was a lively night.

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Labor votes with the Abbott govt to block call to clean up White Bay cruise ships

Lee Rhiannon 19 Mar 2015

Labor has voted with the Abbott government against a Greens Senate motion on pollution from cruise ships in White Bay, Balmain which is reportedly causing widespread health problems.

“It is deeply disappointing that the major parties have voted against our motion calling for mandatory minimum standards for cruise ships at White Bay,” said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

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