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Greens to amend senate voting reform legislation

Greens to amend senate voting reform legislation

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale was joined by Greens Democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon to announce the Greens response to the JSCEM inquiry.

“The Greens are extremely proud to be one step closer to a more democratic voting system,” said Senator Di Natale.

“We believe giving voters control over their vote is a hugely important democratic reform that must be in place as soon as practicable.

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Greens to amend senate voting reform legislation

Lee Rhiannon 2 Mar 2016

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale was joined by Greens Democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon to announce the Greens response to the JSCEM inquiry.

“The Greens are extremely proud to be one step closer to a more democratic voting system,” said Senator Di Natale.

“We believe giving voters control over their vote is a hugely important democratic reform that must be in place as soon as practicable. 

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Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters: Senate Voting Reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Mar 2016

On this day of the committee, Lee used her time to question various experts and stakeholders about claims that Senate voting reform undermines democracy. The answers received made clear that these reforms strengthen the power of voters to decide where their vote ultimately goes. With these changes, political parties will no longer be able to rely on backroom preference deals to corral votes. 

Those asked questions include:

Dr Kevin Bonham, psephologist

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Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters: Senate Voting Reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Mar 2016

Lee asks of Commissioner of the Australian Electoral Commision, Tom Rogers, how voting reform would be implemented, and what efforts will be taken to educate voters on the changes.

 

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you, Commissioner. When can you start working on the actual implementation of the bill? Is it when the legislation is passed, on assent or the day of commencement? Could you explain that please.

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Speech: Senate Voting Reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Mar 2016

Lee stands to lay bare the desperation of Labor's arguments against Senate voting reform.

 

Senator RHIANNON: Today's debate is another attempt where Labor are trying to use process. They have run out of political arguments to defend

Opposition senators interjecting-

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Reynolds): Those on my left!

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Greens call for unity on long overdue voting reform

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2016

The Greens have today welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party.

"Over 12 years the Greens have been putting forward legislation for Senate voting reform that ends back room preference deals and puts power back into the hands of voters," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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