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Labor’s vote against local steel procurement leaves them isolated

Lee Rhiannon 20 Apr 2016

The Greens have renewed their call to Labor to stop using the excuse of trade agreements to justify their failure to back a local procurement policy for the Australian steel industry. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The decision of Labor MPs to vote against a procurement policy in the Senate yesterday defies logic and betrays steel workers and their communities. 

“Yesterday in the Senate Labor voted with the Liberals and Nationals against a plan that would have put the steel industry on a secure footing. 

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National Anti-Corruption Commission

My question is to the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis. The government and the opposition both claim that no national independent anti-corruption commission is required because there is no widespread evidence of wrongdoing and misconduct in the federal parliament or the Public Service.

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Returning Greens' Bills To Parliament

Senator DI NATALE

I move:

That, pursuant to standing order 136(1)(a), the following bills be restored to the Notice Paper and that consideration of each of the bills be resumed at the stage reached in the last session of the Parliament:

National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment (Raising Revenue) Bill 2014

Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014

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Building and Construction Industry Bill 2013

I rise today to speak against the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2]. This government tells us that the establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission is critical because there is widespread corruption within the union movement, we have a productivity problem within the construction sector and, to use the government's words, we need a 'tough cop on the beat' to deal with those issues.

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Coalition scrapping safe rates is bad news for NSW truckies

Lee Rhiannon 19 Apr 2016

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for New England Mercurius Goldstein have commented on the scrapping of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.  

“The Greens support the work of the Transport Workers Union to improve the wages and conditions for truck drivers. We strongly back the retention of the Road Safety Remuneration tribunal,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“For truck drivers to be safe at work they need safe rates. It is as simple as that.

"A floor price is a critical protection for truck drivers, their families and the travelling public.

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Bondi Pavilion under threat as Liberal Mayor, Turnbull staffer opens door to developers

Lee Rhiannon 17 Apr 2016

Waverley Liberal Mayor Sally Betts is under fire from the community for her Party's plans for Bondi Pavilion that would commercialise this unique building leading to privatisation by stealth, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

Waverley Council is proposing a major upgrade for Bondi Pavilion. These plans will be considered at the Council's Tuesday night's meeting. 

“Developers would love to get their hands on Bondi Pavilion," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Turnbull govt more interested in protecting their budget than public health - strongest condemnation over response to Williamtown Inquiry

Lee Rhiannon 16 Apr 2016

The Greens have strongly backed community condemnation of the Turnbull government’s response to the Senate inquiry into groundwater contamination at Williamtown labelling it insulting and offensive.

"The Liberals and Nationals have hit a new low with how they are treating Williamtown residents," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Department of Defence have admitted total responsibility for the toxic contamination of water and soil around their Williamtown RAAF base and they won't even pay for blood tests for locals.

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