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No place for whips in horseracing: Greens

The Australian Greens today threw their weight behind a RSPCA campaign calling for the Australian Racing Board to ban whips as a performance aid in horseracing.

"Horse races are won through a combination of skill, speed and horsemanship, not repeated and painful whipping" said Senator Rhiannon.

"The RSPCA's study found 28 breaches of whip rules including visible indents and striking the horse in its sensitive flank.

"28 breaches across only 15 horse races points to a systematic problem and routine distress for horses.

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Greens congratulate Tamil youth on action at One Day International

Lee Rhiannon 17 Feb 2012

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Tamil youth activists for their action "Whose side are you on?" at the One Day International match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

This action by more than 130 Tamil youth is an important part of the growing global campaign for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the civil war.

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Greens pay tribute to NRL legend Artie Beetson AO

Lee Rhiannon 9 Feb 2012

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon paid tribute in parliament to the extraordinary life of Rugby League legend Artie Beetson AO, from his time as a skinny 16 year old called ‘Bones’ to Eastern Suburbs captain, the first Indigenous player to captain Australia in any sport and generous mentor for the Indigenous community.

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Should Sri Lanka host 2018 Commonwealth Games?

Lee Rhiannon 20 Oct 2011

On the day of a significant international conference exploring issues of human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka, Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon says the selection committee deciding on the host for the 2018 Commonwealth Games should think carefully about choosing Sri Lanka’s Hambantota, which is competing against the Gold Coast.

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