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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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Motion: Chemical Contamination: Firefighting Foams

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:44): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 144 standing in my name for today relating to contamination by firefighting foams, by omitting in subparagraph (a)(i) the words 'public health'.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

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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. 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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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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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee (National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assesment Scheme & CSG)

Lee investigates why the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assesment Scheme has delayed the release of its national assessment of CSG chemicals. Dr Brian Richards, Director of NICNAS, explains the involvement of the Department of the Environment and its responsibilities for the project. He also notes that this has proven to be a very complex undertaking.

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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee (National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assesment Scheme & cosmetics)

Lee continues her investigation into the processes within the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assesment Scheme with the Director of NICNAS, Dr Brian Richards. She asks about their procedure for assessment of individual chemicals for use in cosmetics and also for an update on how many cosmetic ingredients have had applications to NICNAS to accept overseas non-animal tested substances validated in other jurisdictions.

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Risk to Reef of toxic firefighting foam raised in Senate Estimates

In Senate Estimates today, questioning by the Australian Greens alerted the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to potential toxic pollution of the Great Barrier Reef from runoff at the Townsville Air Force Base.

As reported by the ABC, former Director Environmental Impact Management, Australian Defence Force, Colin Trinder, says it is highly likely toxic firefighting foam has run off from the Townsville Air Force Base and onto the Great Barrier Reef.

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