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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. 

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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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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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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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AHA, Liberals, Labor on political donation unity ticket against Greens, Xenophon

Lee Rhiannon 5 Jun 2016

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports today that industry lobby group Australian Hotels Association will bankroll the major parties in order to target the Greens and Nick Xenophon. 

“Once again the AHA have been caught out donating to the major parties with the Intent to undermine parties and candidates who work for limits on unfair gambling.

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Yabsley puts Turnbull in hot seat on political donation reform

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2016

“Malcolm Turnbull is in the hot set on political donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“When a close colleague of the PM and a senior Liberal admits he knew illegal donations from property developers had been made through the Free Enterprise Foundation the Prime Minister can no longer ignore the issue. 

“Mr Yabsley’s about turn on political donations is very significant and would be putting the PM under pressure on the need for electoral funding reform.  

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Four Corners to report on Greens political donations work

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2016

Tonight’s Four Corners “Money and Influence” program will include a report on the Greens’ investigations into political donations. 

Senator Lee Rhiannon’s office has commenced research into discrepancies in political donations as part of their Democracy for Sale project. The study reveals that about $8 million made in payments from donors to the major political parties were declared as donations by those donors, but the Liberal, National and Labor parties who received the payments did not declare them as donations. 

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