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Greens pledge to refuse fossil fuel donations

Lee Rhiannon 11 Apr 2016

A national campaign by Climate Change campaign group 350.0rg to encourage federal politicians to sign on to a ‘pollution free politics’ pledge has found an eager supporter in Greens candidate for the seat of Page Ms Kudra Falla-Ricketts.

Ms Falla-Ricketts today signed the pledge, accompanied by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon who is in Lismore for the event.

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Turnbull must act now – shut down Free Enterprise Foundation, clean up political donations

Lee Rhiannon 1 Apr 2016

The Liberal party’s slush fund the Free Enterprise Foundation should be wound up by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as the first step in a major overhaul of political donations before the coming election, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today. 

“With mounting allegations that the Free Enterprise Foundation was used by senior Liberal Party members to launder political donations banned in NSW, the Prime Minister must show leadership to stop the erosion of public confidence in our democratic institutions,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Sinodinos and NSW Liberals dodgy donations make mockery of democracy

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2016

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has backed calls for the Turnbull cabinet secretary Senator Arthur Sinodinos to stand aside over findings that illegal donations were made to the NSW Liberal Party during the 2011 state election campaign. 

At the time Senator Sinodinos was the party’s finance director and treasurer.

 “Prime Minister Turnbull should immediately require Senator Sinodinos to stand aside until a full disclosure is made. If the NSW Liberals refuse to reveal the identity of their major donors he should be required to resign. 

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MPs Entitlement Review an assortment of half-measures

Lee Rhiannon 23 Mar 2016

“This review has come about after a steady stream of scandals involving senior Coalition MPs who misused their expenses. 

“While the Greens welcome that the Entitlements Review has advocated for a more efficient and ethical guide for how MPs use public resources, overall the recommendations are a lukewarm collection of half-measures. 

“It is not good enough to take baby steps towards transparency when we are talking about how public money is spent. 

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Major parties under spotlight over failure to tackle corporate corruption

Lee Rhiannon 22 Mar 2016

The questionable $200,000 payment by Tabcorp to the family of the Cambodian Prime Minister along with other murky Australian corporate activities underlines the need for a national corruption watchdog, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“Until we have a National ICAC how can we determine where corporate corruption begins and unethical behaviour ends,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“There is a growing perception corruption thrives in the shady world of corporate political donations and tax avoidance by well-connected businesses. 

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Voters will decide next election result

Lee Rhiannon 18 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens are proud to have reformed the Senate voting system to allow voters to choose their own preferences above the line, and not have to number every box below the line on their ballot papers.

"We have made history this afternoon. We have taken power away from back room operators and given it to voters," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Standing on the shoulders of Bob Brown and Christine Milne, and with the support of so many people around the country, we're proud to finally deliver this long overdue reform.

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