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Senate voting reform – Greens plan to protect small parties, voters’ to decide preferences

Lee Rhiannon 12 Feb 2016

The Greens plan for Senate voting reform would enhance the democratic rights of voters and retain the same requirements all parties must meet to register as a party with AEC, the party’s democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“We have put to the government, the opposition and the cross benchers the idea that legislation requires voters to allocate preferences Above the Line, at least up to 6,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Speech: Donations to Political Parties

Lee Rhiannon 2 Feb 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:43): It is time to end the farce of 1 February, which is the Australian Electoral Commission political donation disclosure day. I am not blaming the AEC. It is the law that is an ass when it comes to how our political donations are disclosed. This is not a day of transparency; it is actually a day when we are reminded how urgently we need electoral funding reform.

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Greens: Fix donations this election year

Lee Rhiannon 1 Feb 2016

Today's release of last years' political donations data shows disclosure is too slow and corporate donations too influential, say the Australian Greens.

"Integrity is shaping up to be a huge issue this election year. The Liberals are singling out one group in society, but refusing to look at their mates in the corporate sector and the bigger question of donations distorting our democracy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Greens: Fix donations this election year

Lee Rhiannon 1 Feb 2016

Today's release of last years' political donations data shows disclosure is too slow and corporate donations too influential, say the Australian Greens.

"Integrity is shaping up to be a huge issue this election year. The Liberals are singling out one group in society, but refusing to look at their mates in the corporate sector and the bigger question of donations distorting our democracy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Greens support union call for federal anti-corruption body - time for PM to step up

Lee Rhiannon 20 Jan 2016

Commenting on the ACTU's call for an independent commission to fight corruption and expose dodgy politicians, businesspeople and even sporting codes, Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The ACTU's call for an independent commission to unearth dodgy politicians, businesspeople and sporting codes is an important endorsement for a federal style ICAC.

"This puts the heat on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to demonstrate his commitment to fighting corruption.

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Speech: Freedom from Religion

Lee Rhiannon 24 Nov 2015

Lee recently launched a book called Freedom From Religion in a Canberra bookshop. The author, Ms Wallace, argues that freedom from religion or belief is the real premise of article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom from suppression or imposition of religious or non-religious doctrines by the state or anyone else.

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:53):

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Ferris appointment to Innovation Australia puts spotlight on political donations

Lee Rhiannon 19 Nov 2015

The appointment of Bill Ferris, chair of CHAMP Private Equity, as head of Innovation Australia again puts the spotlight on the need for a ban on for-profit companies donating to political parties, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“CHAMP, the company headed by Mr Ferris, has made donations to both the Liberal and Labor parties, including $15,000 to The Wentworth Forum in 2007/08.

“The Wentworth Forum is a fundraising initiative dedicated to ‘(engaging) members of the Wentworth community and other personal supporters of Malcolm Turnbull.

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