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Senator Rhiannon's parliamentary travel expenses available online

Lee Rhiannon 1 Oct 2015

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has published her use of parliamentary travel allowances online in the interest of greater transparency.

Senator Rhiannon has published her July and August 2015 use of travel allowance and will be doing so for each month going forward - http://tinyurl.com/qxjd7sc.

"MPs are elected to work for the public good and the public have a right to know how MPs use the hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money to undertake that work," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Senate voting reform is about giving Australians control of their vote

Lee Rhiannon 28 Sep 2015

Giving Australians control of their vote should be the key priority for all sides of politics engaging in the debate on whether reform to Senate voting is needed, said Australian Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“The reason we need to reform Senate voting is because the current system does not allow voters to control their preferences – instead it gives that power over to political parties.

“Supporting Senate voting reform is essential to maintaining a democratic electoral system which empowers voters. 

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Helicopters & hypocrisy: Liberals, Labor refuse to commit to a national ICAC

A Senate debate on the Greens' national ICAC Bill has revealed neither Liberal nor Labor are willing to support a national corruption watchdog or an independent advisor on pollies' perks.

"It's no wonder the community has lost faith in politicians. We need a national ICAC," Senator Di Natale said.

"Was that confected outrage we saw from Labor over Bronwyn Bishop? Have the Liberals learned nothing?

"Neither major party is willing to restore public confidence in our Parliament by passing the Greens' anti-corruption bill. That is a catastrophic failure of leadership.

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MP spending details must be public - follow Scottish parliament

Lee Rhiannon 3 Aug 2015

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has said immediate steps should be taken to increase transparency of how MPs' use their parliamentary allowances by making all information available on a searchable website.

"Putting the public spotlight on how MPs spend their allowances will put pressure on MPs to do the right thing," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The public should not have to wait for another inquiry to be completed before being given access to this information.

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Political funding inquiry should not delay reforming legislation before next election

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jul 2015

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has advocated that the federal parliament legislate for political donation reform before the next election raising concerns that another parliamentary inquiry should not delay action.

"Political donation reforms are already well documented. We know what needs to happen - MPs should get on with the job and pass the necessary legislation," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Bishop copter debacle set to dog Abbott

Lee Rhiannon 19 Jul 2015

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"If Bronwyn Bishop signed the parliamentary form declaring that her $5000 is a legitimate expense then it is fraud and paying back the money is not enough.

"There needs to be an Australian Federal Police investigation.

"If the AFP investigation confirms what appears to be evident then the Speaker should be prosecuted. If convicted Mrs Bishop should resign from parliament.

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Greens call for independent investigation into chopper scandal

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jul 2015

Following revelations today that the company contracted by Bronwyn Bishop to helicopter her from Melbourne to Geelong has close ties to her office, Australian Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon is calling for a full, independent investigation into the matter.

"The more details revealed about this absolutely extraordinary episode the more apparent it becomes that something fishy is going on," Senator Rhiannon said.

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