Lee is the Australian Greens spokesperson on animal welfare. The Greens are the only major party to have such a specific portfolio responsibility. Before being elected to federal parliament Lee was a Greens MP in NSW Parliament for over a decade, where she also held the animal welfare portfolio.
Lee is currently campaigning on a range of issues, from banning live exports to protection of native species, more humane laws governing factory farming and empowering consumers to eat more ethically by ensuring proper labelling. Lee is excited about the surge of interest from the community in animal welfare issues and believes that by working with the community we can help drive shifts in government policy to achieve animal rights. She is a member of the Vegan Society NSW.
28 May 2009
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Senator SIEWERT-I have got two more questions. It is extremely complicated reading the various reports out of the IWC meetings. One would think they are written to confuse. As I understand it, one of the three things agreed was to request the scientific committee to provide a draft of a work plan to assess Japan's coastal whaling. Is that correct?
25 Apr 2009
The Australian Greens today renewed calls for the Australian Government to intervene in the treatment by Japanese authorities of two Greenpeace activists.
"News that Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki's bail conditions have finally been relaxed is welcome, but their ongoing fight for justice still continues," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
24 Feb 2009
The Federal Government has no idea what whaling operations may have occurred in our own Antarctic waters, say the Australian Greens.
"Questioning in Senate Estimates tonight has revealed that the Australian Government does not know if any whaling occurred in our waters during the current whaling season," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
07 Feb 2009
The Australian Greens today called on the Government to urgently invest in research to save the pipistrelle microbat, found only on Christmas Island, which is facing imminent extinction.
"It is terrible that things have been allowed to get to this state. The fragile and unique ecosystem that exists on Christmas Island needs to be protected," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
Numbers of the pipistrelle bat have declined dramatically in recent years, and as a result it was listed as ‘Critically Endangered' under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) in 2006. Long-term monitoring indicates this species has undergone a 99% decline in relative abundance since 1994.
03 Feb 2009
A ‘compromise' package put forward by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that would see radical changes to Japan's whaling operations is little more than an attempt to validate a commercial whaling industry, say the Australian Greens.
"The IWC seems to be more about the politics of appeasement rather than the protection of whales," said Australia n Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
20 Jan 2009
The Australian Greens today called on the Government to immediately initiate legal action against Japanese whalers, following the release of a report showing new diplomatic and legal options.
"Here is another report that shows there are further grounds for international legal action. How much longer does the Government need before it will act?" said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
29 Dec 2008
The Australian Greens today called on the Minister for the Environment Peter Garrett to explain why Japanese whalers were in Australian Antarctic waters and whether any whales were taken in Australian waters.
"Japanese whalers were found in Australian waters by the Sea Shepherd group, and were unable to kill any whales while they were being pursued ... but how many whales were taken before they were found?" asked Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on whaling.
10 Dec 2008
A New Zealand whale is beached, and rather confused.
26 Nov 2008
The Government has a responsibility to act with urgency to stop Japanese whaling operations, said the Australian Greens today.
"Yesterday, the Senate passed my motion calling on the Government to set a timetable for the commencement of international legal action and also to send a vessel down to monitor the Japanese whaling activity," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
"Australians do not want another summer to go by with hundreds of whales slaughtered under the guise of Japanese ‘scientific research."
21 Nov 2008
Peter Garrett's confirmation that the Government will not be sending a vessel to the Southern Ocean this year to monitor whaling is yet another blow to all those Australians who wanted to see some real action to stop the slaughter.
A full year after the election, and close to a year since obtaining footage of last year's hunt, the Rudd Government has still taken no steps