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.



Op ed: Our future mortgaged to the mining past

24 Mar 2015

Read Lee's opinion piece on political donations from mining companies, which was published today.


Milne: We have to restore the health of our democracy

20 Mar 2015

Greens Leader Christine Milne gives a speech in Parliament about the negative impacts of coal and coal seam gas mining on Australia's environment, and the concerning relationship between these mining activities and political corruption.


Election talk puts heat on Abbott to move on Senate voting reform

19 Mar 2015

As talk of the next election and a possible double dissolution heats up, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Abbott government to make Senate voting reform a priority.


Labor votes with Liberals, Nationals against Senate motion on CSG and political donations

19 Mar 2015

Labor has voted with the Liberals and Nationals to block a Senate motion that detailed their failure to return all the political donations that they have received from the CSG company Santos.


Top govt appointment linked to Beach Energy – generous donor to Liberals

19 Mar 2015

A top Abbott government appointment has been linked to Beach Energy – a generous donor to the Liberal Party.


Turnbull should be a team player on Senate voting reform

12 Mar 2015

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon responds to Malcolm Turnbull’s comments on Senate voting reform.


Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (Australian Electoral Commission)

03 Mar 2015

Lee questions the AEC on its handling of discrepancies between donor and recipient records of political donations and also how it views amendments made to these records.


Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (Australian National Audit Office)

01 Mar 2015

Lee questions officials from the Australian National Audit Office about their report on the Department of Parliamentary Services.


Coalition removes mining tax - mining industry increase donation to Coalition by 350%

02 Feb 2015

When Prime Minister Tony Abbott colluded with mining magnate Clive Palmer to scrap the mining tax he should have declared that the federal Coalition was given $1.1 million from the mining industry in just one year.


Political donations data out: political donations up by 600 per cent in election year

02 Feb 2015

The Australian Greens say electoral funding data released today by the Australian Electoral Commission reveals that political donations in the 2013-2014 financial year hit a record $202 million, which is an increase of 600 per cent from the previous year.

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