Lee is a Senator for NSW, and has been a passionate activist for environmental and social justice movements over five decades. Her current portfolios include housing, democracy, industry, animal welfare and gun control.
Before becoming a Senator, Lee was a Greens MP in the upper house of 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 co-founded AID/WATCH and was its director for five years. She has been a long-time advocate for asylum seekers and refugees and regularly visits Villawood Detention Centre.
In the 1980s Lee worked in the peace and women’s movements. She was an organiser of the Pine Gap peace camp, 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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