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Yabsley puts Turnbull in hot seat on political donation reform

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2016

“Malcolm Turnbull is in the hot set on political donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“When a close colleague of the PM and a senior Liberal admits he knew illegal donations from property developers had been made through the Free Enterprise Foundation the Prime Minister can no longer ignore the issue. 

“Mr Yabsley’s about turn on political donations is very significant and would be putting the PM under pressure on the need for electoral funding reform.  

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Four Corners to report on Greens political donations work

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2016

Tonight’s Four Corners “Money and Influence” program will include a report on the Greens’ investigations into political donations. 

Senator Lee Rhiannon’s office has commenced research into discrepancies in political donations as part of their Democracy for Sale project. The study reveals that about $8 million made in payments from donors to the major political parties were declared as donations by those donors, but the Liberal, National and Labor parties who received the payments did not declare them as donations. 

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Mafia, Money and Malcolm – political donation, lobbyist reform must be top priority

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2016

Today's report that Malcom Turnbull lunched with a Mafia associate involved in fund raising for the Liberals when he was opposition leader reveals the dangers of touting for corporate political donations, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“The big lesson from the latest political donation scandal that details Mafia figures attending Liberal fundraisers highlights the urgent need for far reaching reforms to electoral funding and lobbyist laws,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Enrol to vote and roll discrepancy

Lee Rhiannon 20 May 2016

According to the AEC, on 30 September 2015 the NSW state roll contained 146, 000 more people than the Commonwealth roll for NSW and there were approximately 272, 000 people who appeared on both the state and Commonwealth rolls for NSW but whose enrolments differed or diverged in some way. This is due to the differences in the ways that the NSW Electoral Commission and the Australian Electoral Commission add people to their respective rolls. Some electors are also only eligible to vote in Federal elections. 

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High Court dismisses Senate voting challenge

Lee Rhiannon 13 May 2016

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on the High Court’s unanimous dismissal of both applications against the senate voting reforms. 

‘Unsurprisingly the High Court has ruled that the Senate voting reforms do not disenfranchise voters,’ Senator Rhiannon said. 

‘The Senate voting reforms make the Senate immune from backroom preference deals so only voters decide where their vote ends up, which surely is the primary purpose of an electoral system.

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Abbott does our job for us – illustrates need for donations reform

Lee Rhiannon 5 May 2016

Yesterday evening former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, in a speech to the chamber, said of retiring Minister Ian Macfarlane’s efforts to dump Labor’s mining tax:  ‘It was a magnificent achievement by the [member] for Groom in his time as minister ... and I hope the sector will acknowledge and demonstrate their gratitude to him in his years of retirement from this place…’

Greens Senator and spokesperson for democracy Lee Rhiannon has said that Tony Abbott’s latest indiscretion strengthens the case for political donation reform. 

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Senate puts Turnbull on notice over growing public anger against Liberal Bondi developer plans

Lee Rhiannon 5 May 2016

A motion passed by the Senate has drawn Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull into the Bondi Pavilion controversy that has pitted local Liberals, including one of the PM’s staff, against residents opposed to plans that have seen a cost blowout from $9 to $38 million, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. A copy of the motion is below. 

“The future of Bondi Pavilion is now a federal issue and a potential headache for the Prime Minister,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Liberal, National, Labor vote together against Greens donation reform motion

Lee Rhiannon 2 May 2016

Despite recent corruption scandals and evidence of systemic fraud in the banking sector, Liberal, National and Labor Senators have joined together to vote down a Greens Senate motion calling for political donation reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“We are on the eve of an election clouded by political donations scandals, yet Labor, the Liberals and Nationals refuse to cooperate to break the political donations arms race,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Sinodinos refusal to give evidence on political donations bad look for Prime Minister

Lee Rhiannon 28 Apr 2016

“Senator Sinodinos’ failure to appear before the Senate inquiry today is astonishing.  

“For a Senator and Cabinet Secretary – perhaps the closest confidant of Prime Minister Turnbull – to snub a Senate directive to give evidence on political donations speaks volumes about the Liberal Party’s attitude towards these issues. 

“Given Senator Sinodinos has ignored a clear direction to appear, delivered by the majority of Senators, the committee should now explore whether he is in contempt of the Senate. 

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