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Report shows the harm of income management, Government must listen and dump income management

A new report by the University of Sydney that shows a link between income management and lower birthweights and school attendance must be carefully considered by the Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

“The longstanding excuse for implementing income management by successive Governments is that children need to be protected, well now we have evidence that there is a strong correlation between reduced birthweights, school attendance and income management.  

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Lee Rhiannon calls on the University of Wollongong to restore student democracy

Lee Rhiannon calls on the University of Wollongong to restore student democracy

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the decision of senior management at the University of Wollongong to replace a democratically elected student president and is calling on Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings to restore student democracy after the overturning of results of the recent Wollongong Undergraduate Students’ Association (WUSA) election.

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Motion: Cruelty in the Poultry Industry

On Wednesday 29 November, Senator Darren Hinch moved the following motion in the Senate, on behalf of Senators Lee Rhiannon and Lisa Sing

Senator HINCH (Victoria) (15:55): I, and also on behalf of Senators Singh and Rhiannon, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 7.30 recently aired footage of hens having their feet torn off and being boiled alive at the Star Poultry Supply slaughterhouse in the suburb of Keysborough, Victoria, in early 2017,

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It's time for a new kind of politics

"It’s time for a new kind of politics," said Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett in his Maiden Speech yesterday.

 "People have asked me how it feels to back in the Senate. I have to say that I find politics as conducted by mainstream politicians, and many in the mainstream media, to be nastier, stupider and with even less effort given by many to even pretend to care about whether their statements are true or not.

“The impact of policies on everyday people is repeatedly ignored, with immediate short-term political factors holding sway.

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Senate puts deadline on Turnbull government’s response to Williamtown

Lee Rhiannon 7 Dec 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 7 December 2017

Senate puts deadline on Turnbull government’s response to Williamtown

The Senate has called on the Turnbull government to explain how it will address financial impacts from the Williamtown contamination scandal by 5 February, 2018.

Commenting on the Greens/ALP motion, Greens Senator for NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said it was time to give residents some certainty.

“At Tuesday’s public meeting, residents pleaded for answers from Department of Defence officials,” said Senator Rhiannon.

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Trump Jerusalem move a distraction for home; but Palestinian resistance will triumph

Lee Rhiannon 7 Dec 2017

Media Release - 7 December 2017

Trump Jerusalem move a distraction for home; but Palestinian resistance will triumph

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv.

Senator Rhiannon said, “Civil society has always been the defender of justice for Palestine, and this current move by Trump will not stop that. Resistance endures and the Palestinian resistance will triumph.

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Gary Johns as Commissioner of the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profit Commission is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse: Greens

The Government’s announcement of Gary Johns’ appointment as Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) is deeply concerning and raises a massive red flag for the charities and not-for-profit sector and the broader community.

"This appointment demonstrates the Government's clear intent of its approach to the charities and not-for-profit sector.

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Motion: Williamtown Red Zone Expansion

Lee Rhiannon 7 Dec 2017

On Wednesday, 6 December 2017, Lee successfully moved the following in the Australian Senate. 

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

That the Senate—

(a) Notes that:

(i) The 2016 Senate inquiry into contamination of Australia's Defence Force facilities and other Commonwealth, state and territory sites in Australia concluded that there were many points of failure in the Department of Defence’s response to PFOS/PFOA contamination at RAAF Williamtown;

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Greens oppose cashless welfare card expansion entirely, Labor should do the same 

The Australian Greens oppose the Government’s bill to expand the cashless welfare card trials in its entirety, and have dissented from the Community Affairs committee report into the Bill. 

“The ORIMA report into the effectiveness of the card in current trial sites is flawed, it doesn't show proof of concept as the Government alleges and has been harshly criticised by independent academics”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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