Former Senator Lee Rhiannon

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Former Senator

Party
Australian Greens
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council, 1999. Resigned 19.7.2010 to contest election to the Senate for New South Wales.
  • Federal: Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2010. Re-elected 2016. Resigned 14.8.2018.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 1.9.2016.
  • Senate Select: Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 11.8.2015 to 12.10.2015.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: References from 5.7.2011 to 14.10.2015; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation from 5.7.2011 to 14.10.2015; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 12.11.2013 to 7.7.2014; Finance and Public Administration: References from 12.11.2013 to 7.7.2014; Environment and Communications: Legislation from 15.10.2015 to 15.3.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.12.2015 to 5.2.2016; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 3.3.2016 to 29.4.2016 (Substitute member from 3.3.2016 to 29.4.2016); Education and Employment: References from 22.6.2016; Finance and Public Administration: References from 13.9.2016; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 13.9.2016; Education and Employment: Legislation from 14.9.2016 to 10.10.2016 (Substitute member from 14.9.2016 to 10.10.2016); Education and Employment: Legislation from 10.10.2016 to 14.10.2016 (Substitute member from 10.10.2016 to 14.10.2016); Education and Employment: References from 7.11.2016 to 12.10.2017 (Substitute member from 7.11.2016 to 12.10.2017); Education and Employment: Legislation from 17.8.2017 (Substitute member from 17.8.2017); Economics: Legislation from 16.11.2017 to 6.2.2018 (Substitute member from 16.11.2017 to 6.2.2018); Economics: Legislation from 22.3.2018 (Substitute member from 22.3.2018); Education and Employment: References from 27.6.2018 (Substitute member from ).
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 5.7.2011 to 9.5.2016; National Capital and External Territories from 12.9.2016; Electoral Matters from 14.9.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 26.6.2018.
  • Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Local Government from 1.11.2012 to 7.3.2013.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Democracy; Local Government; Higher Education; Assisting on National Security; Women; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare; Forests from 1.7.2011 to 11.11.2013.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Democracy; Local Government; Higher Education; Transport; Women; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare; Forests from 11.11.2013 to 1.7.2014.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Animal Welfare; Democracy; Local Government; Higher Education; International Aid and Development; Water and Murray Darling Basin from 1.7.2014 to 25.5.2015.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Democracy; Local Government; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare; Higher Education; Water and Murray Darling Basin from 25.5.2015 to 15.9.2015.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Democracy and Local Government; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare from 15.9.2015 to 25.8.2016.
  • Australian Greens Spokesperson on Democracy; Local Government; Housing; Industry; Animal Welfare; Gun Control from 25.8.2016 to 14.8.2018.
Party positions
  • Member, Waverley Greens from 1990
  • Member, Greens Wentworth Election Campaign Committee 1993
  • Member, Greens Wentworth Election Campaign Committee 1996
  • Member, Greens Wentworth Election Campaign Committee 1998
  • Convener, Greens (NSW) Industrial Relations Working Group 1998-2003
  • Member, Greens (NSW) State Election Campaign Committee 1999
  • Member, Greens (NSW) Federal Election Campaign Committee 2001
  • Member, Greens (NSW) State Election Campaign Committee 2003
  • Member, Greens (NSW) Federal Election Campaign Committee 2004
  • Member, Greens (NSW) Federal Election Campaign Committee 2007
  • Member, Greens (NSW) State Election Campaign Committee 2007
  • Member, Greens (NSW) Federal Election Campaign Committee 2010
  • Member, Greens (NSW) State Election Campaign Committee 2011
  • Member, Greens (NSW) Federal Election Campaign Committee 2016
Personal
  • Born 30.5.1951, Sydney, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.Sc (Hons in Botany) (NSW)
  • Botany tutor and research assistant, University of New South Wales 1975-76
  • Field ecology tutor, Macquarie University 1976-78
  • Secretary, Union of Australian Women (NSW) 1980-83
  • Member, NSW Women's Advisory Council to the Premier, 1980-82
  • Freelance journalist and editor 1982-89
  • Coordinator, overseas development and environment programs for the Ideas Centre, 1989-92
  • Director, Rainforest Information Centre 1990-92
  • Lecturer, Workers' Education Association 1990-92
  • General Studies tutor, University of New South Wales, 1990-94
  • Director, AID/WATCH 1992-98
  • Spokesperson, Coalition for Gun Control, 1992-95
  • Member, NSW Legislative Council 1999-2010
Publications
  • Chapter in 'Taking a stand: women in politics and society', J Scutt (ed.), Artemis, Melbourne: 1994
  • Chapter in 'The Australian book of atheism', W Bonett (ed.), Scribe, Melbourne: 2010
  • Chapter in 'Left Turn', A Loewenstein and J Sparrow (eds.), Melbourne University Press, Melbourne: 2012