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Caps on donations and greater transparency key to saving our democracy from big business influence: Senate Inquiry

The Australian Greens today called upon Labor and the Liberals to back reforms to cap political donations and increase transparency to help restore the public’s faith in our democracy, following the release of a blockbuster report into the influence of these donations in Australia.

Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale, who served as Chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Political Influence of Donations, said the report threw open a curtain on the sordid underbelly of influence peddling in Canberra.

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Chau Chak Wing not touched by Turnbull govt’s electoral funding ‘reform’

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2018

Responding to the latest political funding scandal that links a major donor to the Coalition and Labor with international bribery allegations, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon called for real donations reforms to be in place before the next election, including caps on donations from domestic sources.

Billionaire Chau Chak Wing, a generous donor to the Liberal and Labor parties, has been alleged to be an unindicted co-conspirator in an FBI bribery case. 

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Parliamentary Report puts Turnbull Government on back foot over attempt to curtail civil society

Lee Rhiannon 11 Apr 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 9 April 2018

Parliamentary Report puts Turnbull Government on back foot over attempt to curtail civil society 

The Australian Greens have congratulated charities and non-government groups for their broad based campaign that has successfully pushed the Turnbull government onto the back foot with their attempt to limit community campaigning and advocacy.

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More proof Govt electoral funding Bill is a dud - Abbott’s success with donations for Liberals would still be legal

Lee Rhiannon 1 Mar 2018

Today’s report that former PM Tony Abbott successfully solicited political donations from property developer Huang Xiangmo is further proof that the Turnbull Government’s electoral funding Bill currently before parliament will not end the corrupting influence of big money.

The Greens are stepping up their campaign to have the Bill withdrawn and new legislation agreed to that introduces strict caps on all political donations to political parties irrespective of their source.

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Lee's Travel Expenses January - December 2017

Lee Rhiannon 7 Feb 2018

Lee's duties as a Senator for NSW and a portfolio holder for the Australian Greens require her to travel both within NSW and interstate. Senate related travel is paid for using parliamentary allowances.

As Australian Greens spokesperson for democracy Lee has long campaigned for more scrutiny of how MPs use allowances and  for this information to be made public as close to real time as possible.

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$14.8m in political donations revealed - corrupting influence demands reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Feb 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 1 February 2018

$14.8m in political donations revealed - corrupting influence demands reform

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Prime Minister to withdraw the government’s seriously flawed electoral funding Bill following the release today of the AEC data on political donations and payments made over the previous financial year.

For the 2016-17 financial year over $207 million was paid to political parties, which includes public election funding.

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Turnbull pathetic response on fighting corruption – another leadership failure

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jan 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 17 January 2018

Turnbull pathetic response on fighting corruption – another leadership failure

The Prime Minister’s statement that he is not yet fully persuaded on the need for a national corruption watchdog demonstrates Turnbull’s woeful lack of leadership on the critical issue of restoring people’s confidence in our democratic processes and public institutions, the Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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MP false allowance claim - call for new Nationals deputy leader to repay public money

Lee Rhiannon 18 Dec 2017

Senator McKenzie should be required to repay $2279.67 she falsely claimed to attend a shooting awards event, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Special Minister of State and the Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann should immediately direct the Deputy Leader of the Nationals to repay the money in full,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Senator McKenzie has broken the rules. She stated she could claim the money in her capacity as Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Shooting. However, this is incorrect. 

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Lee's Travel Expenses January - October 2017

GreensMPs 13 Dec 2017

Lee's duties as a Senator for NSW and a portfolio holder for the Australian Greens require her to travel both within NSW and interstate. Senate related travel is paid for using parliamentary allowances.

As Australian Greens spokesperson for democracy Lee has long campaigned for more scrutiny of how MPs use allowances and  for this information to be made public as close to real time as possible.

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