Democracy & Local Government

Lee is the Australian Greens spokesperson on Democracy. The Greens are committed to reforms that give people more of a say in how Australian government works and introduces proportional representation. The Greens are campaigning to remove the corrupting influence of donations from Australian politics and to strengthen the democratic values of our voting system. 

The Greens are committed to ensuring that those marginalised and with little power have their voice heard and can genuinely participate in the political process.   We are working to tighten the federal lobbyist code of conduct which is weak and lags behind other countries.

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Lee Rhiannon talks to press at Senate doors

19 Jun 2013

Senator Rhiannon spoke to members of the media at the Senate doors on Wednesday 19 June 2013 about freedom of information legislation and the upcoming referendum on recognition of local government.

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Speech: Constitutional Recognition of Local Government

19 Jun 2013

Senator Rhiannon spoke in the Senate in support of the referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government

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Labor & Coalition vote to remain #PRISM ignorant

18 Jun 2013

"The US National Security Agency is using PRISM to conduct warrantless surveillance through the servers of companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook... The whole world is in uproar. The last refuge of complacency seems to be in the Party Rooms of the Labor, Liberal and National Parties."

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Government slashes help for council energy cost cutting

18 Jun 2013

The federal government's decision to slash funding to local councils to improve energy efficiency is a blow to ratepayers around the nation, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne told the annual local government conference in Canberra today.

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Greens press Abbott to back local government vote

18 Jun 2013

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott should clearly back a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on Constitutional recognition of local government, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne told the annual local government conference in Canberra today.

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Speech on FOI law amendments – Labor/Coalition block

18 Jun 2013

Labor and the Coalition voted against Greens amendments to open up parliamentary departments to scrutiny.  They even voted against a very mild amendment, supported by the departments that would have limited the release of information to matters of an administrative nature.  This is the Hansard of the debate. 

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Senate speech: FOI laws – parliamentary disclosure

18 Jun 2013

Senator Rhiannon spoke in the Senate in opposition to legislation exempting the Parliament from Freedom of Information legislation.

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Get a Warrant – Greens Bill to prohibit warrantless real-time surveillance

11 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens will introduce a Bill next week to strengthen regulation of data collection on Australians, returning normal warrant procedures to law enforcement agencies accessing peoples' private data.

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Newman U-turn on local government referendum suss

06 Jun 2013

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's quibbling over the wording of the referendum to recognise local government in the Constitution is a setback for the 'Yes' campaign, says Australian Greens local government spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Estimates: Australian Information Commissioner

29 May 2013

Senator Rhiannon asked Questions of the Australian Information Commissioner regarding the Open Government Partnership, funding for the Office and the exemption of EFIC from Freedom of Information laws.

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