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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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Senate Inquiry reports that warming oceans are putting the Australian way of life at risk

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Foreign donations ban: government admits big money corrupts

Lee Rhiannon 6 Dec 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 6 December 2017

Foreign donations ban- government admits big money corrupts

Commenting on the government’s bill to ban political donations from foreign entities, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Rhiannon says that the logic should be extended to donations from domestic sources and the Greens will move amendments to that effect.

“With this bill, the Turnbull government has admitted that big money corrupts politics,” said Senator Rhiannon.

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Turnbull rewards Barnaby Joyce’s bad behaviour

Barnaby Joyce returning to the water ministry is devastating for Murray Darling Basin communities, downstream states, and the future of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, the Australian Greens say.

“Malcolm Turnbull is rewarding bad behaviour by handing back the keys to the water ministry to a man who stuffed up his own paperwork and delegitimised the Murray Darling Basin Plan," Greens Murray Darling Basin spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Government will table games inquiry response, 586 days late, after pressure from the Greens

The government has signalled today they will table their response to the future of Australian video games development industry inquiry by the end of 2017, 586 days late, after pressure from the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens IT spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said Australia’s video games industry had put up with uncertainty from the government for too long, after the inquiry unanimously recommended ongoing investment and support on April 29 last year.

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