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.



Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (Australian National Audit Office)

01 Mar 2015

Lee questions officials from the Australian National Audit Office about their report on the Department of Parliamentary Services.


Coalition removes mining tax - mining industry increase donation to Coalition by 350%

02 Feb 2015

When Prime Minister Tony Abbott colluded with mining magnate Clive Palmer to scrap the mining tax he should have declared that the federal Coalition was given $1.1 million from the mining industry in just one year.


Political donations data out: political donations up by 600 per cent in election year

02 Feb 2015

The Australian Greens say electoral funding data released today by the Australian Electoral Commission reveals that political donations in the 2013-2014 financial year hit a record $202 million, which is an increase of 600 per cent from the previous year.


Speech: Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014 Second Reading

04 Dec 2014

Lee's second reading speech for the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014.


Greens Bill to ban political donations from developers, tobacco, alcohol, gambling and mining industries

04 Dec 2014

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon will today introduce into the Senate the party's Donations Reform Bill that would ban political donations from developers, tobacco, alcohol, gambling and mining industries.


Govt committee report upholds Brandis weakening of FOI

26 Nov 2014

The Greens dissenting report on the FOI Bill before the Senate recommends that the legislation is not passed and that the Coalition government establish a comprehensive review into the workings of FOI as recommended by the Hawke Review.


Democracy in West Papua

01 Oct 2014

The Senate has voted in favour of a motion moved by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale calling on the Australian Government to request the release by the Indonesian Government of French journalists Mr Dandois and Ms Bourrat as a sign of its commitment to more open Paupan provinces.


Speech: Lee speaks about ICAC

23 Sep 2014

The ICAC report into New South Wales politics is due to be handed down in December, possibly close to Christmas. The work of ICAC holds significance for our own work as federal MPs and all aspects of federal public life. It is clearly time for a federal ICAC.


Greens welcome pledge to enhance Parliamentary Budget Office

11 Sep 2014

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne welcomes today's commitment from Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen that a Labor government would enhance the role of the independent Parliamentary Budget Office.

"The Greens set up the PBO in our agreement with the former government and it has already improved accountability and transparency when it comes to promises made by all political parties," said Senator Milne.



"It's got to stop" - Greens call for a national ICAC

09 Sep 2014

Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne tells the press in Hobart: We to restore strength in our democracy and that means creating an anti-corruption commission with teeth.

To date, the Liberal, National and Labor parties have opposed the Greens' moves for a national ICAC.

The Bill is still before the parliament and it's time to pass it into law.

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