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Labor’s vote against local steel procurement leaves them isolated

Lee Rhiannon 20 Apr 2016

The Greens have renewed their call to Labor to stop using the excuse of trade agreements to justify their failure to back a local procurement policy for the Australian steel industry. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The decision of Labor MPs to vote against a procurement policy in the Senate yesterday defies logic and betrays steel workers and their communities. 

“Yesterday in the Senate Labor voted with the Liberals and Nationals against a plan that would have put the steel industry on a secure footing. 

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Coalition scrapping safe rates is bad news for NSW truckies

Lee Rhiannon 19 Apr 2016

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for New England Mercurius Goldstein have commented on the scrapping of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.  

“The Greens support the work of the Transport Workers Union to improve the wages and conditions for truck drivers. We strongly back the retention of the Road Safety Remuneration tribunal,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“For truck drivers to be safe at work they need safe rates. It is as simple as that.

"A floor price is a critical protection for truck drivers, their families and the travelling public.

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Adjournment speech: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:02): On another matter, today I met with the victims of asbestos-related diseases. I have met with victims before-people who have lost loved ones, people who suffer from asbestos-related diseases themselves. I always find it very moving. Today it was not just moving; it was quite troubling to hear what they had to say. I became aware that the Turnbull government is putting the brakes on the vital work of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.

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Bondi Pavilion under threat as Liberal Mayor, Turnbull staffer opens door to developers

Lee Rhiannon 17 Apr 2016

Waverley Liberal Mayor Sally Betts is under fire from the community for her Party's plans for Bondi Pavilion that would commercialise this unique building leading to privatisation by stealth, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

Waverley Council is proposing a major upgrade for Bondi Pavilion. These plans will be considered at the Council's Tuesday night's meeting. 

“Developers would love to get their hands on Bondi Pavilion," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Turnbull govt more interested in protecting their budget than public health - strongest condemnation over response to Williamtown Inquiry

Lee Rhiannon 16 Apr 2016

The Greens have strongly backed community condemnation of the Turnbull government’s response to the Senate inquiry into groundwater contamination at Williamtown labelling it insulting and offensive.

"The Liberals and Nationals have hit a new low with how they are treating Williamtown residents," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Department of Defence have admitted total responsibility for the toxic contamination of water and soil around their Williamtown RAAF base and they won't even pay for blood tests for locals.

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Greens call on Illawarra Labor MPs to publicly back govt procurement of Aust steel

Lee Rhiannon 7 Apr 2016

The Greens are calling on Illawarra Labor MPs to give their full public support to the growing campaign for federal and state governments to back government procurement of Australian-made steel.

Greens Cunningham candidate Cath Blakey said, "Requiring government procurement is a survival plan for our steel industry that all progressive MPs and candidates should support.

"This issue is critical to future jobs growth and the local economy in the Illawarra.

"Labor MPs are under the spotlight on the future of steel jobs.

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The Greens on Education

Lee Rhiannon 7 Apr 2016

The Greens want to see an additional $7 billion invested into our public schools. Unlike Labor, Liberals and the Nationals, the Greens do not support funding elite, wealthy private schools and those that operate for private profit.

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