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Parramatta Girls Home fire should spark national heritage listing: Greens

Lee Rhiannon 11 Jan 2013

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon says a recent fire destroying a wing of the 1840s Roman Catholic Orphanage should act as new impetus for Federal Heritage Minister Mr Tony Burke to fast track national heritage listing of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct.

"This sad event shows how this unique collection of buildings remains vulnerable to fire, vandalism and profit hungry developers while both federal and NSW governments stand idly by," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens' High Speed Rail report undermines case for second Sydney Airport

A new report, commissioned by Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt, outlines a strong economic case for High Speed Rail removing the need to build a second airport for Sydney and shows $48 billion in benefits from a HSR network along the East Coast.

High Speed Rail: Benefits that add up, prepared by a former partner at Deloitte, shows the benefits of HSR in time saved by consumers, congestion savings, accident reduction and pollution reduction.

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Albanese airport plans short on vision, limit economic potential

Commenting on Federal Transport Minister Antony Albanese's latest airport announcement Greens transport spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said that the Minister's comments sound more like those of an airline CEO than a responsible Labor MP ("Anthony Albanese backs expansion in Asian century", The Australian). 

"As a Labor Minister Mr Albanese should be working to ensure economic growth associated with airport expansion is not at the expense of local residents," Senator Rhiannon said.

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NSW koalas need stronger protection from Fed Govt: Greens

The federal government needs to step up protection for vulnerable koalas along the NSW coastline and west of the Great Dividing Range to stem declining populations under threat from logging, mining and rampant urban development.

ABC’s 4 corners will tonight show that koala populations are in the serious trouble in NSW despite the federal government moving in April to list koalas as a vulnerable species, following a Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry.

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Speech: Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2012

Speech to bill - Thursday, 28 June 2012

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (19:19): These three Stronger Futures bills will undermine the human rights of Indigenous communities. It really does defy understanding why they have been brought forward in this form. Anything that is positive in the package will be rendered meaningless because they are so deeply discriminatory.

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Greens in Senate oppose Stronger Futures, vote against Bankstown income management trial

Commenting on the Stronger Futures legislation that passed the Senate last night on the combined vote of Labor and the Coalition, Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said there was insufficient evidence to support extending the government’s controversial income management trial to Bankstown. 

The Greens tried to vote down the legislation, then tried to remove income management from the bill, but did not receive the support of the other parties. 

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