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Bill: Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:17): The Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 reflects the work of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, of which I am a member. We took a great deal of advice on this matter, and this is the bill that has now come before us. I think it's worth making a few comments about the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. I certainly feel fortunate to be on the committee.

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Why Bill Shorten is no Jeremy Corbyn - AFR op-ed

Lee Rhiannon 4 Sep 2017

This appeared in The Australian Financial Review.

So Treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann look at Bill Shorten and see Jeremy Corbyn or Bernie Sanders, who are accused of being "socialist revisionists" and "the new romantics of protectionism". If only.

Bill Shorten is a milksop compared to Jeremy Corbyn. More on that in a moment.

Meanwhile, the Coalition's economic gurus claim the policies of the Liberal-National parties are "common sense" and not driven by ideology.

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Greens call for an end to live exports with meatworkers union, vet whistleblower 

Today Greens spokesperson for industry and animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced the Greens bill to phase out live animal exports. Senator Rhiannon was joined by officials from the meatworkers union (AMIEU Newcastle & Northern branch) and veterinarian and Australian live exports whistleblower Dr Lynn Simpson. 
Vets Against Live Export (VALE) and animal welfare groups Sentient, Humane Society International, Voiceless, RSPCA Australia, and Animals Australia have also given their support. 
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Australian steel for Inland Rail could secure thousands of jobs and Blue Scope’s survival

Lee Rhiannon 10 May 2017
The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to commit to using Australian steel on the Inland Rail project as a way to secure thousands of jobs and to help secure the survival of the Port Kembla Blue Scope steel plant. 
Greens industry spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Australian steel industry is on a knife edge. 
“A commitment by the Turnbull government to use Australian steel on the Inland Rail project would help build a secure future for this industry.
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Meat processing industry job losses – govt must help locals find secure work

Lee Rhiannon 24 Feb 2017
The Australian Greens extend their condolences to the staff and their families affected by the closure of Manildra Meat Company in Cootamundra. The Greens are calling on state and federal governments to work with the community to find secure jobs for these workers. 

150 permanent staff and 70 casual staff at the company will lose their jobs. Today will be the final day of processing. 

Greens industry spokesperson NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “This is another blow for NSW and the Riverina and our thoughts are with all of these workers and their families. 

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Motion: Chemical Contamination

Lee Rhiannon 14 Sep 2016

Senator RHIANNON  (New South Wales) (15:46): I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move: 

That the Senate— 

(a) notes that on 14 June 2016, the Turnbull Government announced a $55 million package paid for from the existing Department of Defence budget, for: 

   (i) containment and remediation of perfluorinated compound (PFC) contamination around the country, 

   (ii) an epidemiological study to examine the effects of PFC contamination in communities around the country, 

   (iii) a voluntary blood testing program, 

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Australian Greens portfolio reshuffle: Senator Rhiannon picks up Housing, Industry and Gun Control


25 August 2016

Portfolio allocations for the Greens parliamentary team was announced today. 

Senator Rhiannon has taken on three new portfolios: Housing, Industry and Gun Control. She will retain her portfolios of Democracy, Local Government and Animal Welfare.

“Australia faces tremendous challenges, with the provision of housing affordability one of the most critical if we are to reduce inequality. I look forward to picking up on the leading work of Senator Scott Ludlam in this area,” said Senator Rhiannon. 

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Greens in Illawarra to talk steel

Greens MP David Shoebridge and Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon are in Wollongong today meeting with Unions and steel workers to talk about plans to secure the future of the steel industry in the Illawarra.

With the final vote on the NSW Steel Protection Bill due next week, cross party support growing for a Federal Steel Protection Bill and local Coalition MP Gareth Ward refusing to even debate steel in the Illawarra, it essential that MPs are in the region to listen to steel workers and other residents.

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