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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee: Health Portfolio

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

PFAS contamination

Senator RHIANNON: I'd like to go back to your work on the PFAS contamination.

CHAIR: We're going back to PFAS? That's fine. Can I interrupt there for a second. We have got confirmation that the TGA are no longer required, so they are released, along with those in program 5.1 who are not needed for a later outcome. Sorry, Senator Rhiannon, I just wanted to let people go home when they can.

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Motion: Building Material Imports

Wednesday 21 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:04): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

     (i) Australian Border Force (ABF) commissioner, Mr Roman Quaedvlieg has stated that the detection of imports of building and construction materials that contain asbestos has tripled over the past year,

     (ii) the ABF has found 40 cargo shipments with asbestos-containing materials over the past 10 months – three times more than the detections in 2015-16,

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Greens talk public healthcare in Orange

Lee Rhiannon 21 Jun 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Calare Delanie Sky will hold a press conference in Orange tomorrow Wednesday 22 June. They will discuss the Greens commitment to public health and ending domestic violence.

Ms Sky said, "We are staring down half a billion dollars in proposed funding cuts to front line health services here in Calare, if the Coalition wins this election.

"It is the role and obligation of government to protect communities and provide vital services, including healthcare services.

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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.

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Global Poverty Project)

Lee asks Mr Exell from the Development Policy Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to clarify the budget allocation for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for the current financial year and also 2016-17.

Senator RHIANNON: I want to move on to issues to do with the Global Poverty Project. Can you confirm that at least $15 million will be allocated to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for 2015-16?

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