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Adjournment speech: National Water Commission

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:03): Among the numerous disappointments coming from the federal government, it is fair to say that the decision to shut down the National Water Commission is but one. But this is one that deserves close attention. As a nation, we are facing major challenges to our water supplies. The biggest threat, however, is the complete disregard from the federal government for the importance of this issue.

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Adjournment Speech: NSW needs to plan away from coal

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:28): There is something strange happening in New South Wales. Every day we are hearing stories about the decline in the coal industry. We are hearing about job losses, the falling price of coal, the need for mining companies to implement efficiency measures. Just today the Australian Financial Reviewran an article headed 'Black days for coal'. At the same time the industry is aggressively pushing mines into communities that clearly do not want them. Any sensible analysis would note a contradiction here.

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Adjournment Speech: Dorrigo antimony mine

Tonight I will speak on two projects. They are separated by thousands of kilometres, but both highlight the problems of a one-sided view of the economy-that is, that mining and power production take precedence over all else. Time and again, we see large companies that propose dangerous projects claim they will benefit the local community, but, meanwhile, they walk all over those communities. These companies often ignore local industries as their activities damage the diversity of local economies and the local environment.

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Adjournment Speech: the Rio Cuervo project in Patagonia

Tonight I will speak on two projects. They are separated by thousands of kilometres, but both highlight the problems of a one-sided view of the economy-that is, that mining and power production take precedence over all else. Time and again, we see large companies that propose dangerous projects claim they will benefit the local community, but, meanwhile, they walk all over those communities. These companies often ignore local industries as their activities damage the diversity of local economies and the local environment.

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Second Reading Speech: Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (19:30): The Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 is a shameful piece of legislation. It is one of the clearest examples that we have seen from this government of robbing the poor to give to the rich. That is how you can sum up this legislation. There are many things that this legislation could be called.

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Motion congratulating the community group First National Park

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:39): I, and also on behalf of Senator Waters, move:

That the Senate-

(a) recognises that:

(i) the Royal National Park in New South Wales is Australia's first national park, one of the world's oldest public parks, and the first to be proclaimed as a 'national park', and

(ii) the Royal National Park is home to outstanding universal environmental, cultural and social values;

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Media Alert: Greens welcome Woop Woop horse riders campaigning for clean water and no CSG mining

MEDIA ALERT 
3 December 2013

Greens welcome Woop Woop horse riders campaigning for clean water and no CSG mining

WHAT:  Donna and Mick Franklin are riding to Canberra to raise awareness about the dangers of Coal Seam Gas mining and the importance of water as part of ‘The Woop, Woop Ride’ campaign. Donna and Mick have been riding for three months with a team of nine horses.

Starting at Grafton in September and following the National Trail stock routes, they have braced bushfires, thunderstorms and flooded river crossings. 

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Media conference: Greens MPs join Malaysian environmentalists to protest Australian and radioactive rare-earth refinery

MEDIA ALERT 

28 November 2013

Media conference - Greens MPs join Malaysian environmentalists to protest Australian and radioactive rare-earth refinery

Greens MPs will join representatives from one of the largest environmental movements in Malaysia, Himpunan Hijau, to raise objections to the actions of the Australian mining company, Lynas Corporation’s, toxic and radioactive rare-earth refinery, which is responsible for toxic and radioactive waste dumped in local rivers.

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