Lee Rhiannon

Senator for NSW

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.

Contact Lee

Electorate Office

72 Campbell Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone (02) 9211 9523
Fax (02) 9211 3312

Canberra Office

Senate suite S1-46,
Parliament House,
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone (02) 6277 3496
Fax (02) 6277 5971


LEE's website

Take Action

Get involved with Lee's current campaigns.

End Live Exports

The Australian Greens are working with animal welfare activists to end live exports. Sign up to stay in touch with the Greens' work to end live export.

Renter's Rights

More than 5 million Australians rent their home, and yet we have one of the most expensive and lawless rental markets in the world. The system is broken.

End Dirty Donations

Parliament should serve the best interests of all Australians. Those with wealth shouldn’t be able to buy political influence on issues that matter to us all.