Lee is the Australian Greens spokesperson on women. As a Greens MP in the NSW Parliament for over a decade Lee held the women’s portfolio and campaigned on funding for an Office of Women, women's health, the working rights of women, better services and laws for women subject to domestic violence and abortion law reform.
In the federal sphere Lee is continuing to champion women’s rights, including work/life balance and women’s representation in politics. She is also working on reproductive health as part of her work in the foreign aid portfolio. Lee founded the annual Juanita Nielsen Memorial lecture in 2001. Juanita was a community activist who disappeared feared murdered for her stance against overdevelopment in Kings Cross.
12 Jun 2007
The Greens want all parents to receive the Baby Bonus in fortnightly payments, not just those under the age of 18.
The Greens will today seek to amend the Government's baby bonus legislation to extend fortnightly payments to all recipients unless a lump sum is specifically approved.
30 May 2007
"The ABS statistics released today on working hours show women are losing out in our workplaces," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"More women than men are working multiple jobs. 58% of employees who work more than one job are women. This startling statistic is a consequence of government policies that have reduced many women to needing to take more than one part-time job to make ends meet," she said.
"The government's Welfare to Work regime forces single mothers to take any job they are offered, while changes to the Job, Employment and Training (JET) program effectively prevents these women from studying and therefore reduces opportunities for better work. As a result many women are being forced into low paid unskilled jobs."
07 Feb 2006
In rising to address the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial responsibility for approval of RU486) Bill 2005, I would like to clarify what exactly is the question that we senators are being asked to address and ultimately decide on tomorrow. Before I do that, I would like to congratulate the proponents of this bill on having the guts to put it up in the face of a lot of opposition from what I believe is a minority-but a noisy minority-in the community. In doing so, I am mindful that there has been extensive media coverage, public debate and constituent lobbying, much of which I believe has been tangential to the question, if not misleading.
13 Oct 2005
I am deeply disappointed that the government firstly refused the extension and secondly will no doubt object to this motion as well. Don't they want scrutiny of the impacts of their proposals? As a community, we need to know the full ramifications of the legislation that is going to come before this place. We need to know what has happened in the past with various industrial agreements.