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Saving SE NSW koalas demands complete logging halt

The NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker's comments that there can be a 'balance' between native forest logging in South East NSW and saving koalas misses the point of protecting biodiversity and highlights concerns over the newly awarded Biodiversity Fund project to protect koala habitat in the NSW South East forests, says Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Greens secure dental funding boost for NSW - lowest spending state in Australia

Lee Rhiannon 6 May 2012

Australian Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon says NSW, which spends less on public dental services than any other state or territory, will reap the benefits of a package of measures worth over half a billion dollars to overhaul of Australia's dental system secured by the Greens in next week's budget.

"NSW has always been the poor cousin of a nation of very poor cousins when it comes to dental care services, particularly rural and regional NSW," Senator Rhiannon said.

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NSW public transport poor cousin of federal budget

Australian Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has raised concerns that the budget leak revealing a $3.6 billion boost for the Pacific Highway suggests NSW public transport upgrades have again been neglected by the federal Labor government (SMH today).

"The Greens welcome programs that make our roads safer. This can be more effectively achieved by also expanding public rail and bus projects," Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Badgerys Creek no solution to Sydney Airport woes

Badgerys Creek, like Wilton, lies inside the Sydney Basin Airshed and is a non-solution to Sydney's airport dilemmas despite what the head of Qantas Alan Joyce says, said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said.

"Sydney Airport needs to be relocated to a new airport outside the Sydney Basin Airshed. It's time the government established a genuine process to identify a suitable site," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Federal Labor and Coalition governments have ruled out Badgerys Creek and to name it as an option is simply game playing.

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Moorebank intermodal: local impacts must be addressed

The Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese must ensure the noise, environmental and health impacts of the proposed $1.6 billion freight terminal at Moorebank on residents are minimised when planning the project, with genuine consultative mechanisms established to address local community concerns, says Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

The government is due to announce tender plans for the project today.

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Lee and Jeremy Buckingham join Greens Leader Christine Milne in Orange on first stop of listening tour

Lee Rhiannon is joining Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and NSW Greens MP and former Orange City Councillor Jeremy Buckingham in Orange on Wednesday 18 April.

Senator Milne will begin her promised listening tour of regional Australia with a visit to orchardists and graziers around Orange. 

“The Greens NSW are delighted that Christine Milne has chosen Orange as the first port of call for her rural and regional listening tour,” said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

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Airport cap should stay, new airport built and Sydney Airport closed

 The Federal Transport Minister needs to put in place a process to identify a site to relocate Sydney Airport outside of the Sydney Basin linked by High Speed Rail, and in the meantime the cap on aircraft movements at Sydney Airport should stay, with the noise burden on many residents already unacceptable, Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said today. ("MPs unite against move to eradicate airport's hourly cap", Sydney Morning Herald page 3 today).

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Sydney Airport solution - relocation plus High Speed Rail

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the NSW and federal governments to back the relocation of Sydney Airport and to work together to identify a replacement airport site outside the Sydney Basin taking into account stringent social and environmental criteria.

"The public does not want another round of federal and state bickering over a second Sydney airport," Senator Rhiannon said.

"There is an increasing international trend for airports to be moved out of built up areas. Athens, Oslo and Hong Kong have opted for relocation and recorded positive benefits.

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The Greens plan for a river system that meets the needs of our future

With a little more than two weeks to go until public submissions close on the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan (16 April 2012), Federal Greens Senators and the Convenor of the Riverina Greens are calling for changes to the plan to build strong, viable communities in the Riverina that will survive well into the future. Senator Rhiannon in in Hay and Mildura on 2-3 April for the Senate inquiry into the management of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Greens Senator and water spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said:

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Greens' days of Denticare action

Lee Rhiannon 29 Mar 2012


Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon and South Sydney Greens Convenor Dr Mehreen Faruqi collected petition signatures and distributed leaflets to build support Denticare being funded in this May's Budget. The Greens have nominated 28-30 March as Denticare days of action across Australia.

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said, "Everyone should be able to afford to visit the dentist, but the reality is that one third of Australians say they can't afford to go or delay going because of the expense.

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