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Time for a national ICAC, lobbying reform and donations overhaul

Lee Rhiannon 6 Jun 2017
The latest political donations scandal engulfing the major parties is further evidence of the need for far-reaching reform to clean up the political process, Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
“From cash for access dinners to opaque lobbyist activities and enormous corporate donations, influence peddling in Australian politics is rife. 
 
“The door has been left wide open for corporations and super rich individuals to distort the political process and skew decision making.
 
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Seven years on from Greens’ first National ICAC proposal- time for talk is over

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2017

Greens spokesperson for Democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed Labor’s support for a National Integrity Commission in light of the ATO tax fraud scandal.

“Mr Turnbull thinks this case demonstrates the system is working, but it’s astounding that $165 million has already been allegedly defrauded before charges were laid,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“Without a National ICAC, the public will still be wondering if charges could have been laid earlier and if existing bodies have all the necessary powers of deterrence and investigation.

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Turnbull govt MP before Queensland corruption inquiry – time for National ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

The need for a national ICAC and political donation reform is in the spotlight again following news that a Turnbull government MP has been called before a Queensland corruption inquiry, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Turnbull government MP Stuart Robert has been ordered to appear before the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission’s inquiry into claims of questionable political donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Turnbull failed to heed ICAC – promoting Sinodinos another PM blunder

Lee Rhiannon 19 Jan 2017

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18 January 2017

Turnbull failed to heed ICAC – promoting Sinodinos another PM blunder

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to promote Senator Arthur Sinodinos in his mini Cabinet reshuffle reflects the PM’s arrogance and poor judgement, Greens industry spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“It is extraordinary that the Prime Minister has promoted Mr Sinodinos in light of his role as a company director and his dubious evidence at ICAC hearings,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Time to clean up politics

The Australian Greens are today calling on the Labor, Liberal and National parties to work with them to clean up politics. 

“Today I’m calling on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to commit to not accepting donations from fossil fuel companies during this election campaign,” said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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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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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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MP entitlements farce

The Greens have called on all parties to support legislative reform following more examples of inappropriate use of travel entitlements. Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said she would introduce a bill for a National Integrity Commissioner and Independent Parliamentary Adviser as soon as Parliament is recalled.

"The next wedding charged to the taxpayer should be an iron-clad marriage between elected public office and accountability with a National Integrity Commissioner," Senator Milne said.

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