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Billson snubs parliamentary rules and collects extra $75,000

Lee Rhiannon 9 Aug 2017

Bruce Billson's apology for his flagrant breach of parliamentary rules is not good enough and he should donate to charity the money he received from a top lobby group while still a member of parliament, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"What is the point of having rules for MPs and ministers if they can be breached with no consequences," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Prime Minister's weak leadership is again on display with a third former Coalition government minister blatantly flouting parliamentary rules.

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Greens announce plans for a Charter of Rights

As Australians, we pride ourselves on enjoying so many freedoms, yet our laws do not adequately reflect, or protect them. Today the Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale and Attorney General Spokesperson, Senator Nick McKim announced their plan to table, debate and vote on Charter of Rights legislation in this term of parliament.  

Australia is the only western democracy that does not protect the basic rights and freedoms of its people in either legislation or the constitution, said Senator Di Natale.

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Time Labor ditched Shorten’s weak stance on political donation reform

Lee Rhiannon 31 Jul 2017

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Labor of using their classic tactic of different messages for different audiences on political donation reform.

“While Senator Dastyari is going for the ‘full monty’ version calling for a total ban on political donations, Mr Shorten is pushing the minimalist version of reform that goes no further than some transparency changes to reporting and a ban on foreign donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Labor’s official position will not clean up politics or end the corrupting influence of political donations.

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Greens NSW are proud of our policies and internal democracy

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2017

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will continue to stand with Greens members everywhere for public education, social and environmental justice and internal party democracy despite the decision of the Greens ​federal ​Party Room meeting in Melbourne yesterday​

Senator Rhiannon said, "Yesterday I attended and contributed in good faith to a robust discussion in the Greens party room, as I always do.

“Consistent backgrounding and leaks from senior Greens sources is what is divisive to this party not my work with members campaigning for public education.

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Turnbull, Shorten find a backbone - back ban on developer donations at local council elections

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
The Greens are calling for developer donations to be banned in all local council elections following more reports on corruption cases arising from the property industry buying influence through political donations.
 
“State and federal political leaders should back a ban on developer donations at local council elections to help restore public confidence in this level of government,” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
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Restoring confidence in democracy takes more than a foreign donation ban

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
Political donation and corruption scandals will continue to plague the major parties until they can commit to comprehensive reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.
 
“The Greens absolutely support a ban on foreign donations and increased transparency measures, but we’re also honest about the fact that those things will not be nearly enough.
 
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Time for a national ICAC, lobbying reform and donations overhaul

Lee Rhiannon 6 Jun 2017
The latest political donations scandal engulfing the major parties is further evidence of the need for far-reaching reform to clean up the political process, Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
“From cash for access dinners to opaque lobbyist activities and enormous corporate donations, influence peddling in Australian politics is rife. 
 
“The door has been left wide open for corporations and super rich individuals to distort the political process and skew decision making.
 
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Seven years on from Greens’ first National ICAC proposal- time for talk is over

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2017

Greens spokesperson for Democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed Labor’s support for a National Integrity Commission in light of the ATO tax fraud scandal.

“Mr Turnbull thinks this case demonstrates the system is working, but it’s astounding that $165 million has already been allegedly defrauded before charges were laid,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“Without a National ICAC, the public will still be wondering if charges could have been laid earlier and if existing bodies have all the necessary powers of deterrence and investigation.

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