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Motion: University divestment

Lee Rhiannon 17 Nov 2014

The Senate-
1. Notes that:
a) Many Australians consider universities to be important institutions that provide a significant social, cultural and economic good.
b) Australian universities collectively hold investments worth billions of dollars.
c) The University of Glasgow, Stanford and twelve other universities in the United States have divested from fossil fuels, and the Australian National University has divested itself from a range of social and environmentally damaging companies, including fossil fuel companies.

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Vale Gough Whitlam

Lee Rhiannon 22 Oct 2014

Right now, a broad cross-section of Australians are celebrating the Whitlam legacy. In many ways, Gough was the author of modern, progressive Australia and the Greens are proud to join thousands of others paying tribute to him.

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Speech: Gloucester at the crossroads

Lee Rhiannon 2 Oct 2014

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (19:07): Tonight I would like to talk about the Gloucester region in New South Wales. I was fortunate to visit this area again recently. The Gloucester Valley sits between the Avon and Gloucester Rivers. Prominent along the skyline of Gloucester is the famous Bucketts Range, an unusually rocky feature for a valley which attracts visitors for bushwalking and rockclimbing. A little further on is the stunning Barrington Tops National Park, carved out of an ancient volcano.

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Greens support manufacturing workers

Greens MPs from across the country, including Senators Scott Ludlam, Lee Rhiannon, Penny Wright, Sarah Hanson-Young, Janet Rice and Adam Bandt MP, today provided their support to manufacturing workers who came to Parliament seeking a strong shipbuilding and manufacturing base in Australia.

"The Greens will keep fighting to keep Australian manufacturing strong, especially in the south-eastern states," said Mr Bandt, the Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson.

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Speech: We need a National Independent Commission Against Corruption

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:38): At the request of Senator Milne, I move:

That the Senate calls on the Government to establish a National Independent Commission Against Corruption, delivered through an integrity commissioner, to ensure Australia is equipped with a national framework for the comprehensive prevention of corruption and misconduct, and to restore faith of the Australian people in the integrity of our democracy.

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China’s move away from dirty coal: pressure on for Hunter transition plan

Unless Labor and the Coalition stop canoodling up to coal barons and start pulling together a transition plan, the Hunter Valley community will be facing further job losses, said Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“China’s announcement that it will move away from dirty coal is excellent for the environment and people’s health; however, the impact on the Hunter must be taken very seriously,”  said Senator Rhiannon.

“Australia must plan and participate in China’s move away from dirty coal and towards renewables.

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