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Constitutional recognition of local govt referendum: inquiry evidence backs go ahead

Lee Rhiannon 20 Feb 2013

With QLD Premier Campbell Newman writing to his fellow Premiers calling on them to support a referendum on constitutional recognition of local government at the upcoming election, and strong support from local councils around Australia, it is clear momentum is building for a referendum so this important level of government is recognised, says Australian Greens local government spokesperson Lee Rhiannon commenting on parliamentary committee hearings in Sydney today.

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National Roads Congress: Greens push sustainable transport

Lee Rhiannon 16 Nov 2012

Local government should be recognised in the Constitution to help secure federal funding for councils to maintain safer roads and build sustainable transport, said Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon in her speech to the National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Hobart today.  Full speech below.

"A referendum on constitutional recognition of local government at the next federal election is necessary to secure federal funding for local councils to maintain safer roads and create sustainable transport options," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Labor’s weak-kneed approach on Council referendum fails local communities

Lee Rhiannon 16 Oct 2012

The federal government's failure to give leadership on constitutional recognition of local government increases the financial uncertainty facing councils and shires across the country, Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

Senator Rhiannon was responding to today's announcement that Local Government Minister Simon Crean plans to refer the proposed referendum on constitutional recognition to a parliamentary committee.

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