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.


Lee Rhiannon discusses lowering the voting age with 2GB Drive

09 Apr 2013

Australian Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon discusses the merits of lowering the voting age to 16 years, with Ben Fordham from 2GB Drive.


Federal Children's Commissioner should examine lowering the voting age

04 Apr 2013

The Australian Greens are calling on the new federal Children's Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell, to consult with young people and the community about the value of lowering the voting age in response to ANU research findings which advise against enfranchising 16 and 17 year olds.


Govt must move fast to recognise local govt though election referendum

02 Apr 2013


Federal Labor is getting dangerously close to missing the deadline to hold a referendum on local government constitutional recognition to coincide with the September election, said Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon, following reports today of NSW councils in dire need of secure federal funding to fix neglected bridges. 



Thein Sein visit a chance to take a strong stand for human rights in Burma

18 Mar 2013

The visit of Burmese president U Thein Sein must be used by the Australian Government to promote human rights in Burma and press for a free and fair election in 2015, the Greens said today.


Sen Lee Rhiannon responds to Four Corners report on ICAC and NSW Labor

12 Mar 2013

Greens Senator for NSW and democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon does a doorstop discussing last night's Four Corners program and calling for reform of political donations and a federal ICAC.



Quick action needed to secure referendum on local govt recognition

07 Mar 2013

With a parliamentary inquiry report recommending a referendum to recognise local government in the constitution at the September election, Australian Greens local government spokesperson and committee member Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Gillard government to introduce required legislation soon after parliament resumes next week.


Copper mine conflict shows need for vigilance on Burma

27 Feb 2013

The Australian Government's hunger for trade ties with Burma ignores the ongoing dominance of the military and undermines the reform movement, the Australian Greens warned today.


Sinodinos and Australian Water donations show reform overdue

27 Feb 2013

The controversy surrounding Australian Water Holdings and its former chair Arthur Sinodinos over donations to both federal and NSW Coalition parties and AWH's links with a company associated with Eddie Obeid underlines why the federal government and opposition should back political donation reform, Australian Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today. 


Estimates: The Australian Information Commissioner

26 Feb 2013

Estimates - Australian Greens Senator and democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon questions the Australian Information Commissioner.

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