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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Abbott's Coalition a wolf in sheep's clothing on local govt referendum

25 Jun 2013

While welcoming the final passing of the laws to set up the Referendum for constitutional recognition of local government, Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused the Coalition of running a spoiler campaign to undermine the chances of the Referendum passing.

 

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Government must abandon data retention

24 Jun 2013

"Today the Government must respect the will of the vast majority of Australians and abandon a scheme that would treat all 22 million of us as suspects."

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Old parties weaken FOI, protect MPs expenses

19 Jun 2013

Labor and Coalition MPs united in the Senate late last night to increase secrecy around MPs expenses and the workings of parliament by rejecting Greens' amendments and voting in favour of a bill to exempt parliament from the scrutiny of freedom of information (FOI). The Parliamentary Service Amendment (FOI) Bill will shield the Senate, House of Representatives and Parliamentary Services Department from the FOI Act completely and retrospectively.

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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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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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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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