Lee Rhiannon | Australian Greens

Lee Rhiannon

Senator for NSW

Lee is a Senator for NSW, and has been a passionate activist for environment and social justice movements over four decades. Her portfolios include housing, democracy, industry, animal welfare and gun control.

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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The Prime Minister’s statement that he is not yet fully persuaded on the need for a national corruption watchdog demonstrates Turnbull’s woeful lack of leadership on the critical issue of restoring people’s confidence in our democratic processes and public institutions, the Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.