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Carol Vernon remains as Cowper candidate - strong campaign continues

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jun 2016

NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has wished her dear friend and Greens candidate for Cowper Carol Vernon a speedy recovery to good health.

"It is with concern and sadness that we announce that our Greens candidate for Cowper Carol Vernon will have surgery on Tuesday 21 June," said Senator Rhiannon.

"I am really pleased that Carol will remain as the Greens candidate for Cowper in this election as her prognosis is positive.

"Carol's hard work, depth of understanding of Greens policies and organising abilities have been real assets to grassroots democracy.

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Williamtown contamination crisis - role for NSW EPA to prosecute and drive clean up

Lee Rhiannon 10 Jun 2016

At a meeting with Williamtown residents today Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Paterson candidate John Brown called for the Red Zone to be redrawn in light of new international contamination standards and for the NSW Environment Protection Authority to investigate and prosecute the environmental crimes occurring at the Williamtown RAAF Base.

"The Greens are committed to working with the Williamtown community to create world class standards in dealing with the contamination crisis and assisting them to rebuild their lives," Senator Rhiannon.

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RAAF contamination - compensation needed as well as blood tests

Lee Rhiannon 4 Jun 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on Labor’s announcement of their party’s policy on PFOS and PFOA contamination.

“While it is good news that Labor has reversed its previous position and have agreed to fund voluntary blood tests for residents affected by the toxic contamination from RAAF sites, they should also offer compensation. 

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Greens comment on Whitlam Liberal candidate pulling out

Lee Rhiannon 26 May 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Whitlam Tom Hunt have commented on Liberal candidate for Whitlam Dr Carolyn Currie’s decision to pull out of the election 13 days after she was declared a candidate. 

“This is a broader pattern we are noticing right across the country as we get stuck into campaigning – the huge discrepancy between what communities want and expect of their local representatives, and what Labor, Liberal and National candidates are able to promise them. 

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Greens call on Illawarra Labor – put young casuals first, back penalty rate protection

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2016

Greens Cunningham candidate Cath Blakey and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon are calling on Illawarra Labor branches and MPs to support union and Greens plans to protect penalty rates through legislation. 

“Protecting penalty rates is a huge issue for young people living in the Illawarra as most rely on casual work,” Ms Blakey said. 

“The Greens plan to protect penalty rates by moving legislation in the next parliament will help provide certainty to all locals who rely on casual work. 

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Ground breaking report sets secure future for south east forests

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2016

Greens Eden Monaro candidate Tamara Ryan and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon have strongly backed a ground breaking report by the NSW National Parks Association that details how the Regional Forests Agreements have failed.

“The NPA Report sets out clear evidence of why the RFAs have failed to protect forests and provides a path that will save our south east forests,” Ms Ryan said. 

“The big RFA lie that successive federal and state governments have used to justify destructive logging of south east forests has now been exposed. 

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Cowper - Greens Senate team joins local candidate on election campaign trail

The Greens NSW Senate team are spending the first week of the election campaign on the mid north coast working with Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Cowper.

Ms Vernon said “We will be talking to voters about the Greens plan to clean up politics, boost jobs on the mid north coast, expand renewable energy, start construction of High Speed Rail and back more funding for TAFE. 

“We have a jam packed program for our Senate team and we will be working from one end of the electorate to the other visiting all the main towns. 

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Williamtown in crisis, Turnbull government offers peanuts

Lee Rhiannon 6 May 2016

State Liberal MP Niall Blair has admitted in parliament that there is tension between the Baird and Turnbull governments over the federal government’s response to the contamination crisis at Williamtown and other sites, Greens NSW Senator said today.

‘Clearly there is enormous tension between the state and federal Liberal-National governments on this matter.

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