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Bob Day still has questions to answer

Lee Rhiannon 1 Nov 2016
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon says former Senator Bob Day still has many outstanding questions to answer. 
“Bob Day will be remembered as the Senator who bankrolled his own political career with questionable political donations. Now we know that these donations were made around the same time that his building empire was leaving many, many people in financial ruin.
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NAB decision to ban political donations puts spotlight on Turnbull/Shorten failure

The decision of the National Bank of Australia to ban political donations and reports that ANZ may follow further highlights the failure of the major parties to give leadership on the urgent issue of electoral reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Now that the Coalition and Labor have been shown up by NAB they should at least announce they will no longer take donations from the big banks,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Robert, Dastyari, ????? - how many scandals will it take for major parties to back anti corruption reforms

Lee Rhiannon 29 Sep 2016

The case of Liberal MP Stuart Robert, a serial offender in how he engages with lobbyists and uses political donations, lends great weight to the need for a national corruption watchdog and far reaching electoral funding reforms, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"Mr Robert is the tip of the iceberg of questionable political donation and lobbyist practices," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Another donations scandal a reminder of the need for reform

Lee Rhiannon 19 Sep 2016

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Councillor for the Gabba Ward Jonathan Sri have commented on reports that the Mayor of Logan received over $50,000 in donations from a company that did not legally exist. 

The Mayor of Logan Luke Smith lodged a return with the Queensland Electoral Commission in July 2016 declaring $377,833 in gifts from Logan Futures PTY.

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Dastyari's mistake must lead to reform: Greens

Lee Rhiannon 7 Sep 2016

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, offering to work constructively with both to bring about major donations reform, in the wake of Sam Dastyari’s acceptance of foreign donations.

“Sam Dastyari made a terrible mistake but what he did is within the rules, which shows the rules are broken and need to be fixed,” said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Warning for Turnbull, Shorten – back political donation reform now, or scandals will force your hand

Lee Rhiannon 2 Sep 2016

In the wake of the latest federal political donation scandal Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten to publicly commit to far reaching political donation reform.

“If the country’s political leaders do not stand up for political donation reform and set out a timetable for change then their parties, MPs and candidates will become embroiled in more scandals,” Senator Rhiannon warned.

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Dastyari travel bill declaration – more evidence of questionable relationship between donors and politicians

Lee Rhiannon 30 Aug 2016

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports that Senator Sam Dastyari’s Register of Interests reveals that a private education provider donated money to cover costs when the Senator exceeded his publicly funded travel allowance. 

“For an overseas donor like Top Education Institute, a private education provider based in Sydney, to be giving money to a Senator to cover his travel costs is questionable behaviour. 

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ICAC Spicer report turns up heat on need for national anti-corruption reforms

Lee Rhiannon 30 Aug 2016

The ICAC Spicer Report into corrupt political donations puts the spotlight on the need for a National Anti-Corruption Commission and electoral funding reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

Operation Spicer investigated Liberal Party campaign donations funnelled between different arms of the party at the time Cabinet Secretary, Senator Arthur Sinodinos was the NSW party treasurer. 

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Greens challenge Labor – why stop at overseas political donations

Lee Rhiannon 23 Aug 2016

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has said that Labor’s concern about the potential for overseas political donors to use their money to buy influence should equally apply to wealthy Australian companies that bankroll parties.

“While the former Treasurer Wayne Swan’s call for a debate on overseas political donations is a start this approach does expose Labor’s failure to end the corrupting influence of political donations whatever the source,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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