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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National Roads Congress: Greens push sustainable transport

16 Nov 2012

Local government should be recognised in the Constitution to help secure federal funding for councils to maintain safer roads and build sustainable transport, said Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon in her speech to the National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Hobart today. 

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Senate calls for free and fair elections in Cambodia – now Carr must act

30 Oct 2012

The Greens called on Foreign Minister Bob Carr to push for free and fair elections in Cambodia, following Senate support for a motion moved by Senator Christine Milne.

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Joint press conference: constitutional recognition of local government

16 Oct 2012

Christine Milne and Lee Rhiannon addressed the press on constitutional recognition of local government in the constitution.

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Labor’s weak-kneed approach on Council referendum fails local communities

16 Oct 2012

The federal government’s failure to give leadership on constitutional recognition of local government increases the financial uncertainty facing councils and shires across the country, Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

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Senate Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

15 Oct 2012

Senator Rhiannon asks questions about the AEC party registration process

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Senate Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

14 Oct 2012

Senator Rhiannon questions the Department of the Senate on media filming and photography of parliamentary proceedings

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Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bills - Maintaining Address and Protecting Elector Participation

03 Jul 2012

Lee spoke to support two electoral reform bills that arose out of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters review of how our electoral system is operating.

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Broader role for local government

03 Jul 2012

Many councils show their support for a wide range of state and federal issues through very diverse means, and in doing so make a genuine contribution to improving people's wellbeing and enhancing and informing public debate.

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Time for Australian Government to recognise Local Government in Constitution

19 Jun 2012

Addressing the National General Assembly of Local Government, Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, today called on Regional Affairs Minister Simon Crean to respond to the recommendations of the Expert Panel which examined the recognition of local governments in Australia’s Constitution.

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Lee discussing freedom of information with John Laws 2SM

06 Jun 2012

Senator Lee Rhiannon discussed with John Laws on 2SM the move to shield parliament from FOI laws, as well as the republican movement in Australia.

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