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Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters: Senate Voting Reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Mar 2016

Lee asks of Commissioner of the Australian Electoral Commision, Tom Rogers, how voting reform would be implemented, and what efforts will be taken to educate voters on the changes.

 

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you, Commissioner. When can you start working on the actual implementation of the bill? Is it when the legislation is passed, on assent or the day of commencement? Could you explain that please.

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Speech: Senate Voting Reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Mar 2016

Lee stands to lay bare the desperation of Labor's arguments against Senate voting reform.

 

Senator RHIANNON: Today's debate is another attempt where Labor are trying to use process. They have run out of political arguments to defend

Opposition senators interjecting-

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Reynolds): Those on my left!

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Greens call for unity on long overdue voting reform

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2016

The Greens have today welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party.

"Over 12 years the Greens have been putting forward legislation for Senate voting reform that ends back room preference deals and puts power back into the hands of voters," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Senate voting reform – Greens plan to protect small parties, voters’ to decide preferences

Lee Rhiannon 12 Feb 2016

The Greens plan for Senate voting reform would enhance the democratic rights of voters and retain the same requirements all parties must meet to register as a party with AEC, the party’s democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“We have put to the government, the opposition and the cross benchers the idea that legislation requires voters to allocate preferences Above the Line, at least up to 6,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Speech: Donations to Political Parties

Lee Rhiannon 2 Feb 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:43): It is time to end the farce of 1 February, which is the Australian Electoral Commission political donation disclosure day. I am not blaming the AEC. It is the law that is an ass when it comes to how our political donations are disclosed. This is not a day of transparency; it is actually a day when we are reminded how urgently we need electoral funding reform.

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Greens: Fix donations this election year

Lee Rhiannon 1 Feb 2016

Today's release of last years' political donations data shows disclosure is too slow and corporate donations too influential, say the Australian Greens.

"Integrity is shaping up to be a huge issue this election year. The Liberals are singling out one group in society, but refusing to look at their mates in the corporate sector and the bigger question of donations distorting our democracy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Greens: Fix donations this election year

Lee Rhiannon 1 Feb 2016

Today's release of last years' political donations data shows disclosure is too slow and corporate donations too influential, say the Australian Greens.

"Integrity is shaping up to be a huge issue this election year. The Liberals are singling out one group in society, but refusing to look at their mates in the corporate sector and the bigger question of donations distorting our democracy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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