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.



$56m funding of political parties highlights time to ban private money spend on elections

08 Oct 2013

Responding to the Australian Electoral Commission’s release of public funding to political parties, Senator Lee Rhiannon the Australian Greens Spokesperson for Democracy said,

“The AEC’s announcement that $56 million of public funding has been provided to political parties and independents for the 2013 election, puts the spotlight on the need for electoral funding reform that restricts the amount of private money used in elections and places caps on election expenditure.


Greens will move to review flawed and dangerous Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

08 Oct 2013

Prime Minister Abbott should immediately stop the clock on negotiations over the secret text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which threatens to further extend the power of foreign multinational companies.


MP entitlements farce

07 Oct 2013

The Greens have called on all parties to support legislative reform following more examples of inappropriate use of travel entitlements. Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said she would introduce a bill for a National Integrity Commissioner and Independent Parliamentary Adviser as soon as Parliament is recalled.


WA Senate recount requested

02 Oct 2013

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today that Western Australians stand to lose an intelligent and passionate environmental and social justice advocate in Scott Ludlam if the current Senate result stands.


Bob Brown & Scott Ludlam on 94.5 FM on the vital role of Greens in the Senate

05 Sep 2013

Bob Brown & Scott Ludlam on 94.5 FM on the vital role of Greens in the Senate


UK example shows need for Greens’ War Powers reform

02 Sep 2013

The defeat of the British Prime Minister's motion on military intervention in Syria in the House of Commons and President Obama taking the matter to Congress highlights the importance of strengthening Australia's democracy - by making military action subject to a vote in parliament.


Greens plan for honesty and integrity in politics

01 Sep 2013

The Australian Greens today launched a plan to keep federal politicians honest. "Voters must be able to trust politicians, but you can't trust Labor or Tony Abbott to be honest unless it is in their own interests, or in the interests of their big business mates," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.


Greens launch campaign to stop Abbott getting total control

31 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens have launched a national advertising campaign to stop Tony Abbott getting total control of the parliament. The Greens have also released details of a new opinion poll which shows 56% of Australians do not want one political party to have total control of both houses of Parliament.


Liberal campaign run by lobbyist – time for reform

28 Aug 2013

The Greens have renewed their call for an Office of the Commission of Lobbying following news that a lobbyist company under a cloud over its activities in NSW is running the Liberal’s Reid campaign in western Sydney.


Survey: Public link political donations with corruption

12 Aug 2013

 Responding to the Australian National University’s “Attitudes to Electoral Reform” poll released today, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

 “This poll shows that the policies of Labor and the Coalition are at odds with the attitudes of Australian citizens.


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