Democracy

 

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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Greens to introduce legislation to reduce barriers for minor parties

04 Mar 2014

The Greens will give notice today for a Bill to remove barriers that make it difficult for minor parties to run in elections. 

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Second Reading Speech: Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Reducing Barriers for Minor Parties) Bill 2014.

04 Mar 2014

Lee introduces the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill, designed to reduce barriers for minor parties wanting to run for election.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (Australian Electoral Commission)

25 Feb 2014

Lee questions the Australian Electoral Commisssion on any changes that might be implemented as a result of the recent need for a recount of the Western Australian Senate election.

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Newman Government sells out on democracy

25 Feb 2014

The Australian Greens today condemned the Queensland LNP-chaired Parliamentary Review Committee’s tick and flick of the Newman Government’s scrapping of donation caps for political parties.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (Prime Minister and Cabinet)

25 Feb 2014

Senator Rhiannon questions the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security about ASIO's raid of a lawyer's office in relation to spying in East Timor.

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Senate Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (Attorney-General)

24 Feb 2014

Senator Rhiannon asks questions regarding the possible use of aid agencies in overseas intelligence gathering and whether ASIO is involved in enhancing corporate interests overseas.

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Senate Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (Attorney-General)

24 Feb 2014

Senator Rhiannon asks questions about the Open Government Partnership.

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Senate Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (Attorney-General)

24 Feb 2014

Senator Rhiannon asks questions about Secrecy laws and the open government report.

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Nash scandal: Greens call for lobbyist and ministerial code of conducts to be legislated

13 Feb 2014

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Rhiannon will propose legislation to enshrine the ministerial code of conduct and lobbyist code of conduct in law in response to the latest scandal involving Senator Nash and her staff.

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Mining companies increase donation to Coalition by 60% in election year.

03 Feb 2014

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"The Australian Electoral Commission for 2012/2013 shows that donations from mining/resources companies to the federal Coalition increased by 60 per cent in the lead up to the federal election.

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