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Mafia, Money and Malcolm – political donation, lobbyist reform must be top priority

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2016

Today's report that Malcom Turnbull lunched with a Mafia associate involved in fund raising for the Liberals when he was opposition leader reveals the dangers of touting for corporate political donations, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“The big lesson from the latest political donation scandal that details Mafia figures attending Liberal fundraisers highlights the urgent need for far reaching reforms to electoral funding and lobbyist laws,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Abbott does our job for us – illustrates need for donations reform

Lee Rhiannon 5 May 2016

Yesterday evening former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, in a speech to the chamber, said of retiring Minister Ian Macfarlane’s efforts to dump Labor’s mining tax:  ‘It was a magnificent achievement by the [member] for Groom in his time as minister ... and I hope the sector will acknowledge and demonstrate their gratitude to him in his years of retirement from this place…’

Greens Senator and spokesperson for democracy Lee Rhiannon has said that Tony Abbott’s latest indiscretion strengthens the case for political donation reform. 

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Liberal, National, Labor vote together against Greens donation reform motion

Lee Rhiannon 2 May 2016

Despite recent corruption scandals and evidence of systemic fraud in the banking sector, Liberal, National and Labor Senators have joined together to vote down a Greens Senate motion calling for political donation reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“We are on the eve of an election clouded by political donations scandals, yet Labor, the Liberals and Nationals refuse to cooperate to break the political donations arms race,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Liberals, Labor dodge vote on national ICAC

The Australian Greens say it's outrageous that other parties are shielding the federal parliament and public service from corruption investigations, by refusing to vote on the creation of a national version of ICAC.

"I am disgusted that Labor and the Abbott government have joined forces to stand in the way of a national ICAC and I think Australians will be too," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Labor and Coalition silent on national ICAC

Ahead of the push for a vote on a national ICAC in the Senate tomorrow morning, the Australian Greens say both Labor and Tony Abbott's Liberals have failed to declare a position on the national anti-corruption legislation.

"We need to take urgent action on corruption and we can. It's never been more obvious that we need a national ICAC," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"What are Labor and the Coalition hiding from?

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