Lee Rhiannon

Senator for NSW

Lee is an Australian Greens Senator for NSW. Prior to this, she was a Greens MP in NSW Parliament for over a decade.  Lee spent this time pursuing reform in key areas like the environment, mining, public education, industrial relations and public transport. One of her most influential campaigns has been to stop the corrupting influence of political donations.

Lee is an Australian Greens Senator for NSW. Prior to this, she was a Greens MP in NSW Parliament for over a decade.  Lee spent this time pursuing reform in key areas like the environment, mining, public education, industrial relations and public transport. One of her most influential campaigns has been to stop the corrupting influence of political donations.

Lee is well-known for her energetic work in environment and social justice movements over four decades. She co-founded AID/WATCH and was its director for five years. Lee has been a long-time advocate for asylum seekers and refugees and regularly visits Villawood Detention Centre.

Lee was an organiser of the Pine Gap peace camp in 1983, Secretary of the Union of Australian Women (NSW Branch) and an organiser for Women Against Global Violence and Women for Survival.

In 2001 Lee initiated the annual Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture to honour the achievements of the community activist who was murdered in the 1970s for her stand against overdevelopment in Kings Cross.

Lee has worked with the Rainforest Information Centre and for a number of trade unions.  She trained as a zoologist and botanist.

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17/10/2017

The Senate today has passed a Greens-ALP motion calling on the government to abandon plans to cut public subsidies to Newcastle University enabling programs and introduce fees for students for the first time.

These cuts are the last thing the Hunter region needs as they come off the back of an 18-month high unemployment rate, said Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Newcastle councillor John Mackenzie.

“This plan to load up students with $3000 in fees confirms that the Turnbull government is no friend of the Hunter or our universities.