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RHIANNON, LeeBiography for RHIANNON, Lee

Senator for New South Wales

Australian Greens



Parliamentary Service

State: elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council 27.3.1999. Resigned 19.7.2010.

Federal: elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2010 (term began 1.7.2011).


Committee Service

State: Standing: Law and Justice from 21.5.03 to 2.3.07.

Select: Increase in Prisoner Population from 17.11.99 to 13.12.01; NSW Taxi Industry from 10.11.09 to 19.7.10.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 26.6.07 to 19.7.10.

Joint Select: Cross City Tunnel from 29.11.05 to 19.5.06 and from 19.5.06 to 2.3.07.

Member, Committee on the Office of the Ombudsman and Police Integrity Commission from 7.6.06 to 2.3.07).

Federal: Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation and References Committees from 5.7.11; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 12.11.13.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 5.7.11.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Local Government from 1.11.12 to 7.3.13.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Greens Portfolios: Democracy; Local Government; Higher Education; Assisting on National Security; Women; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare; Forests from 1.7.11 to 1.7.12; Animal Welfare; Democracy; Forests from 1.7.12 to 11.11.13; Democracy; Local Government; Higher Education; Transport; Women; International Aid and Development; Animal Welfare; Forests from 11.11.13.


Party Positions

Member, Waverley Greens from 1990.

Member, Greens Wentworth Election Campaign Committee 1993, 1996, 1998.

Convener, Greens (NSW) Industrial Relations Working Group 1998-2003.

Member, Greens (NSW) State Election Campaign Committee 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Member, Greens (NSW) Federal Election Campaign Committee 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.


Personal

Born 30.5.1951, Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BSc (Hons)(NSW).

Botany tutor, 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 1980-82.

Freelance journalist and editor 1982-89.

Coordinator, overseas development and environment programs 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.

Member, NSW Legislative Council 1999-2010 (see Parliamentary service above).


Publications

Taking a stand: women in politics and society (chapter, ed. J Scutt), Melbourne: Artemis, 1994.

The Australian book of atheism (chapter, ed. W Bonett), Melbourne: Scribe, 2010.