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Greens May Day candidate launch - workers' rights priority for Blaxland, Senate campaign

Lee Rhiannon 1 May 2016

The Greens chose the eve of May Day to launch their Blaxland campaign with Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon indicating strong support for Blaxland candidate Suzan Virago's commitment to workers' rights. 

At the launch Senator Rhiannon and Ms Virago both spoke in support of the union movement, the rights of working people and the Greens new policy to expand the rights of casual workers. 

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Greens push to keep deficit levy – revenue raiser for Hunter schools, hospitals

Lee Rhiannon 21 Apr 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said today that the Greens plan to make the deficit levy permanent will raise revenue Hunter schools and hospitals desperately need.

“The Greens have been pushing the Turnbull government and the Labor opposition to make the deficit levy permanent, as well as establishing a millionaires’ tax. 

“So it is good news to hear that opposition leader Bill Shorten has confirmed that Labor will consider making the deficit levy permanent.  

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Mayor Betts fails to guarantee community use for Bondi Pavilion

Lee Rhiannon 20 Apr 2016

Commenting on last night’s Waverley Council meeting, where the Council voted to proceed with a $38 million project to redevelop Bondi Pavilion, Senator Lee Rhiannon said: 

“Last night’s meeting did nothing to ease our concerns about Bondi Pavilion being commercialised or privatised by stealth. 

“The community are passionate about retaining the Pavilion for public use and the fight to retain the Pavilion as a community facility is not over. 

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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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