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Lee Rhiannon on ABC Newcastle discusses termination of the Contracts for Closure program

Yesterday the government called off negotiations with five companies to close down high-emitting power stations. Christine Milne said the termination of the Contracts for Closure program represents a breach of trust on the part of the government and a short-sighted failure to negotiate in good faith on the part of both the government and the coal generators. Lee discussed the implications for climate change on ABC Newcastle's Breakfast program.

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Murray Darling Basin Plan: NSW govt one thorn in its side

The O’Farrell government must support increased environmental returns in its imminent response to the revised Murray Darling Basin plan or risk the health of the river and NSW’s long term economic future, says Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon in an extended ‘Matter of Public Importance’ speech to the Senate today about NSW’s role in the challenge of restoring the Murray Darling Basin.

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NSW koalas need stronger protection from Fed Govt: Greens

The federal government needs to step up protection for vulnerable koalas along the NSW coastline and west of the Great Dividing Range to stem declining populations under threat from logging, mining and rampant urban development.

ABC’s 4 corners will tonight show that koala populations are in the serious trouble in NSW despite the federal government moving in April to list koalas as a vulnerable species, following a Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry.

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PM coal dust concerns lends weight to mining - health inquiry call

Welcoming Prime Minister Julia Gillard's call for more scientific investigation of the impact of coal dust on the health of Hunter communities, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said the next step should be federal government support for the long running community and Greens' campaign for a parliamentary investigation into this very issue.

"A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of coal dust on the health and well being of Hunter communities is long overdue," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens bashing threatens progressive wins

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jul 2012

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As commentators pick over the Labor-Greens relationship and the implications of the Melbourne by-election, it is timely to remember that the progressive side of politics share many commitments to address social justice, equality and environmental protection.

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