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.
11 Feb 2008
The Australian Greens today condemned the Norwegian Government's announcement of an unchanged minke whale harvest of 1,052 for 2008.
"Despite the two-decade-old moratorium by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Norway continues to hunt whales for commercial purposes," said Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.
06 Feb 2008
The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Government to make photographic and video evidence collected during the Oceanic Viking operation available to HSI.
03 Jan 2008
The Australian Government are not doing enough to stop whales from being slaughtered the Australian Greens said today.
"After talking up their response, the new Labor Government have done little more than the previous Howard government to tackle the whale slaughter," said Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.
01 Jan 2008
Greens leader Bob Brown today filed papers in the High Court in Hobart seeking leave to overturn a Federal Court decision permitting logging in Tasmania's Wielangta Forest.
18 Dec 2007
The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government efforts on whaling fall short and are likely to fail.
"The measures announced today are really only an updated version of what the former Government was doing. They are not acting strongly enough to stop the Japanese whale slaughter" said Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson for the Greens.
20 Nov 2007
The Howard government could have prevented Japan's whaling fleet from embarking on yet another whale killing spree with more determination action to back up its failed diplomacy, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
The Japanese whaling fleet set out for Antarctica with plans to kill another 1,000 whales, including 50 humpback and 50 fin whales.
05 Nov 2007
"The Australian Greens want to see an immediate end to the export of live animals for consumption," said spokesperson for animals Senator Rachel Siewert.
"We have seen organisations such as the RSPCA, Animals Australia and countless more demand that the federal government end live exports immediately," said Senator Siewert.
13 Oct 2007
The later the election goes, the closer we get to the start of the Japanese whaling season ... and the more the Coalition Government's failure to stop even one whale from being slaughtered will be brought into focus.
17 Sep 2007
With corals newly added to the IUCN Red List of threatened and endangered species, The Australian Greens are backing the call by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to declare the Coral Sea a marine protected area.
The Government needs to implement effective management and protection of this globally significant region. This region is virtually unprotected, and is facing immediate pressures from legal and illegal fishing, as well as long term impacts from climate change.
08 Jun 2007
"The Australian Government is about to embarrass us internationally through its shameful attempt to downgrade a United States proposal to end the trade in sawfish to help ensure their survival," said Greens spokesperson on Fisheries, Senator Rachel Siewert today.