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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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Adjournment speech: New South Wales Environment

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:02): The New South Wales Liberal and National parties line up with the Abbott government as environmental vandals. Premier Mike Baird and the coalition government are creating a legacy of environmental destruction and climate change inaction. New South Wales suffered under the previous state Labor government when it came to prioritising developers over local communities, which was one of their favourite activities. The coalition, however, are no better and in some areas worse.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (Australian Electoral Commission)

Senator RHIANNON: Thanks for outlining this. It is impressive to see how it is coming together. I was certainly impressed with the emphasis that you gave, Mr Rogers, about culture, because I think that is often lost sight of these days. It is one thing to change the rules, but it is how we actually bring them into place. With regard to storage—again I really understood you were talking about from inception to grave, right through—the integrity and protection of those ballot papers goes to the heart of what we are talking about.

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Speech: Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Direct Lending and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (09:43): The first part of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Direct Lending and Other Measures) Bill 2014 does extend the mandate of Efic's activities from supporting the export of capital goods, to all goods. So we are really going from a situation where so many of Efic's loans went for large mining projects and the infrastructure that supported them, and other related projects, to really being about services, consumer goods and many aspects of what are called SMEs, small and medium sized enterprises.

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Labor in bed with Liberals, Nationals and coal industry

Lee Rhiannon 19 Feb 2015

In one week in February Labor, Liberal and National Senators voted together three times in a show of support for the coal industry. This meant that the Senate failed to pass Greens motions highlighting crucial environmental problems associated with coal mining in the Blue Mountains and the Leard Forest. A third motion on the need for a major coal company, which is also a Liberal and Labor donor, to disclose its ownership structure was also defeated.
The text of the motions is below.

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