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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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Greens: Ian Macdonald case another reason for a federal ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 30 Mar 2017
The Greens have renewed their call for a federal anti-corruption body, after another former MP exposed by NSW ICAC was found guilty of criminal misconduct today.
 
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “What’s the chance corruption only happens in state politics? The case for a federal ICAC is now overwhelming. 
 
“Liberal Minister Mathias Cormann has previously argued that we already have a ‘robust framework to fight corruption’ at the federal level. That is demonstrably untrue.
 
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MP expense reform needs muscle – penalties essential

Lee Rhiannon 29 Mar 2017
The public will remain sceptical about the Turnbull government’s latest attempt to clean up MPs’ expenses if the measures do not include clear compliance and penalty provisions, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
Senator Rhiannon was commenting on the Parliamentary Business Resources Bill 2017 to be introduced this week by the Special Minister of State Senator Scott Ryan.
 
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Turnbull govt MP before Queensland corruption inquiry – time for National ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

The need for a national ICAC and political donation reform is in the spotlight again following news that a Turnbull government MP has been called before a Queensland corruption inquiry, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Turnbull government MP Stuart Robert has been ordered to appear before the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission’s inquiry into claims of questionable political donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens dissenting report into JSCEM foreign donations report

Lee Rhiannon 10 Mar 2017
The Australian Greens have issued a dissenting report into the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ Second interim report on the inquiry in the conduct of the 2016 federal election: Foreign Donations. 

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Electoral funding reform is long overdue and the Greens have insisted for a very long time that any reforms need to be far-reaching if they are to count. 

“We welcome the ban on political parties and their associated entities from accepting overseas donations.

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What even is the point of Ministerial Standards?

Lee Rhiannon 27 Feb 2017

Today the Turnbull government confirmed that it has no process for enforcing its own document governing the behaviour and activities of ministers and former ministers – the Statement of Ministerial Standards. 

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Earlier this month former resources Minister Ian Macfarlane reportedly boasted that he would talk to his ‘good mates in Canberra’ in order to make sure that Native Title laws that threaten the Adani coal mine are amended. 

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Speech: Turnbull Government

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:54): The Prime Minister's bad news week will continue when he returns to Sydney. When he goes to his Point Piper mansion on that multimillion dollar street he will have to navigate his way around a giant sinkhole. A giant sinkhole, believe it or not, has opened up. So we have this perfect metaphor. Not only is he falling into a hole in terms of how he is handling his policy work in Canberra; he will literally have to navigate his way around one when he returns to Sydney.

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