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Greens MPs thank Ray Goodlass for his selfless, innovative work

Senator Lee Rhiannon and NSW MP David Shoebridge joined forces today to thank former Wagga Wagga City Deputy Mayor Ray Goodlass for his ground breaking work as a councillor and as a community activist and to wish him all the best in his retirement.

“I heard the news that Ray Goodlass has had to retire from Wagga Wagga City Council due to ill-health with great sadness,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Protecting citrus growers – and lovers of fresh oranges – from dumped fruit

The Australian Greens are today writing to Trade Minister Craig Emerson asking for an immediate investigation into whether oranges are being dumped into the Australian market at below cost, making it impossible for Australian growers to compete.

“Dumping is bad for growers, bad for jobs and bad for consumers in the long run, and Minister Emerson should immediately investigate if it is going on with $10 boxes of Egyptian oranges being sold in Sydney,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Greens seek funding for Wollongong Uni student union and uni

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2012

Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon is visiting the University of Wollongong for O-week today to meet with students and discuss funding for the student union and the university.

Senator Rhiannon is calling on the new Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings to stop stalling and commit to passing on to the student union funding collected from students as a result of legislative changes allowing the imposition of a student services and amenities fee.

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Student housing shortage reflected in Sydney University squatter standoff

Lee Rhiannon 16 Sep 2011

Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says the NSW Police have overacted to the presence of squatters at Sydney University.

“The NSW Police riot squad along with emergency, fire and other services have rushed to Sydney University to deal with squatters who have been occupying a disused building for the last three months. This is huge over reaction,” Senator Rhiannon said

“These people are legitimately highlighting the housing crisis faced by students and others on low incomes living in Sydney.

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