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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (AEC Donations and Disclosures)

Lee Rhiannon 20 Oct 2015

Lee questions AEC officials about the stunning inadequacy of our federal disclosure laws around associated entities, highlighting the issues around political donations and associated entities, and the restrictive statute of limitations. It comes to light that there is a 3 year statuatory period, and a "delayed public awareness" in which the AEC is forbidden by law from publishing all donations and findings until the 1st February following a financial year.

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Time for Turnbull to lead on democracy - pass political donation reform before federal election

Lee Rhiannon 12 Oct 2015

The Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the decision of the NSW Premier Mike Baird to add his voice to the growing call for national uniform political donation reform.

"Now we have state premiers backing the call for political donation reform, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should ensure the changes are in place before the next federal election," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The High Court case handed down last week cleared the way for the quick passage of reforms.

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Ex Mayor Jeff McCloy loses high court bid - time for federal Govt to ban toxic political donations.

Lee Rhiannon 7 Oct 2015

The Greens are calling on Prime Minister Turnbull to support legislation for a ban on political donations from select industries following former Newcastle Mayor Jeff McCloy's defeat in the High Court today.

"The High court's decision to uphold a NSW ban on political donations from the developer, tobacco, gambling and alcohol industries is good news for democracy," said Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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Australian democracy - first casualty of TPP

Lee Rhiannon 6 Oct 2015

NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has voiced grave concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership deal, negotiated behind closed doors, as it threatens our government’s capacity to legislate in the interests of the Australian public.

“Australian democracy is one of the first casualties of the TPP,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“It is outrageous to prevent the public and parliament from viewing the TPP, which will radically transform our economy, and constrain our sovereignty over critically important issues.

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Senator Rhiannon's parliamentary travel expenses available online

Lee Rhiannon 1 Oct 2015

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has published her use of parliamentary travel allowances online in the interest of greater transparency.

Senator Rhiannon has published her July and August 2015 use of travel allowance and will be doing so for each month going forward - http://tinyurl.com/qxjd7sc.

"MPs are elected to work for the public good and the public have a right to know how MPs use the hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money to undertake that work," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Senate voting reform is about giving Australians control of their vote

Lee Rhiannon 28 Sep 2015

Giving Australians control of their vote should be the key priority for all sides of politics engaging in the debate on whether reform to Senate voting is needed, said Australian Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“The reason we need to reform Senate voting is because the current system does not allow voters to control their preferences – instead it gives that power over to political parties.

“Supporting Senate voting reform is essential to maintaining a democratic electoral system which empowers voters. 

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Our Hornets Should Be Flying Home

The Australian Greens today urged new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to bring our military personnel home from Syria and Iraq.

"Prime Minister Turnbull has the opportunity now to reverse the most disastrous of Tony Abbott's 'captain's calls'. There is no more serious responsibility than the deployment of our armed service personnel. Until and unless there is a clear plan for a way forward, all we're accomplishing in Syria is putting more civilians at risk," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Speech: A New Prime Minister

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:23):

We have been told he is a conviction politician with a grown-up approach to policy. The walk, the words and the delivery might be very different from those of the former Prime Minister, Mr Abbott. But the new Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, is just another leader of the same Liberal Party that specialises in cruel, discriminatory policies. Mr Turnbull is my local MP. There should be no honeymoon for this new Prime Minister. For the member for Wentworth, the warning bells should ring loud and clear.

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