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Roadblocks to voting in the federal election

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jul 2016

Senator Lee Rhiannon has responded to reports that a man was unable to vote in the federal election because there was no stationary polling booth at the hospital he was staying at. 

"It is not good enough to have a mobile polling booth for people in hospital that only does single visits as it means patients have a narrow opportunity to vote.

"We are a democratic society, we have a compulsory voting system and we should make every effort to ensure that each eligible person is able to vote.

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Turnbull does a Clive Palmer and buys power - one million reasons for political donation reform

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jul 2016

The Turnbull $1 million donation to bail out the Liberal Party on the eve of the election is further proof that current electoral funding laws need a major overhaul to stop rich individuals buying their way into power, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“In the 2013 election Clive Palmer donated millions of dollars to his own party and now the Prime Minister is using his personal wealth to win power,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“These examples are disturbing proof that the current electoral funding system is broken.

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Obeid criminal conviction – pressure on Turnbull/Shorten to back National Anti-Corruption Commission

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2016

The Greens are calling on the Prime Minister and the opposition leader to back the formation of a National Anti-Corruption Commission in the wake of the Obeid criminal conviction and the resulting vindication of the role of the NSW ICAC.

Greens Grayndler candidate Jim Casey and Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon are working closely together on the Greens campaign for a national ICAC.

Senator Rhiannon said, “The Turnbull-Joyce government and the Labor opposition are now on notice to establish a federal anti-corruption watchdog.

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Family First's missing $275,000: Greens call on Bob Day to explain

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2016

Research undertaken by the Greens has revealed large donations being paid from Bob Day and his private company to Family First.

Significant irregularities have also been found in the disclosure of donations and loans made by Bob Day and his private company, leaving about $275,000 unaccounted for.

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “I have written to the AEC to request a compliance review, including a review of the terms and conditions of the loans provided by Bob Day.

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Coalition/Labor challenged to stop candidates personally profiting from elections

Lee Rhiannon 24 Jun 2016

The Greens are calling for the Coalition and Labor to commit to urgent reforms of the electoral funding laws that would ensure that the millions of dollars that parties and independents will receive after this election cannot be used for personal or private purposes. 

“All parties should back the straight forward reform that would stop candidates profiteering out of elections,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“All funding paid out to parties and independents should only be spent on party administration and election campaigns.

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Parakeelia - looks like a rort Liberals want to keep

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jun 2016

Commenting on the ongoing Parakeelia scandal engulfing the Turnbull government Greens democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said:

"In the wake of the latest political donation scandal to engulf the Liberal Party Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should have committed to far reaching political donations reform to stamp out Parakeelia type scandals.

"The Prime Minister's failure to commit to a major clean up of political donations suggests that the Liberals want to keep the door open to dodgy ways of raising money.

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Greens call out Turnbull/Shorten hypocrisy over political donation deluge

Lee Rhiannon 14 Jun 2016

The Greens have stepped up their call for political donation reform as the Prime Minister and leader of the opposition go into overdrive with their multi-million corporate fund raising events that will bring in millions of dollars. 

“Right now Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten are hustling for big corporate donations, a process of chasing private money that has a corrupting influence on our democracy,” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Greens call on AEC, Dept of Finance to investigate Parakeelia and Liberal connection

Lee Rhiannon 13 Jun 2016

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has written to the Australian Electoral Commission and the Department of Finance requesting that both bodies investigate the relationship between Parakeelia software company and the Liberal Party of Australia and their associated branches. 

Senator Rhiannon said, “The Parakeelia scandal requires further investigation and today I have written to the AEC and the Department of Finance requesting that.

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Parakeelia scandal shows need for corruption watchdog and donation reform: Greens

Lee Rhiannon 9 Jun 2016

Greens parliamentary leader Richard Di Natale and Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said today that the Parakeelia scandal should put the need for a national corruption watchdog and political donation reform back on the agenda. 

"Today's reports involving Parakeelia show why a national corruption watchdog and political donation reform are sorely needed," said Greens leader Richard Di Natale.

"It's no wonder that public confidence in politics is so low. 

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