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Caps on donations and greater transparency key to saving our democracy from big business influence: Senate Inquiry

The Australian Greens today called upon Labor and the Liberals to back reforms to cap political donations and increase transparency to help restore the public’s faith in our democracy, following the release of a blockbuster report into the influence of these donations in Australia.

Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale, who served as Chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Political Influence of Donations, said the report threw open a curtain on the sordid underbelly of influence peddling in Canberra.

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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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Debate on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

Senator RHIANNON

I am pleased to resume my contribution to the debate on the Greens' Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014.

If passed, this bill would stop certain industries, often linked with having a corrupting influence on the political process, from donating to political parties. The Greens' donations reform bill bans political donations from developers and the tobacco, alcohol, gambling and mining industries.

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Greens: Fix donations this election year

Lee Rhiannon 1 Feb 2016

Today's release of last years' political donations data shows disclosure is too slow and corporate donations too influential, say the Australian Greens.

"Integrity is shaping up to be a huge issue this election year. The Liberals are singling out one group in society, but refusing to look at their mates in the corporate sector and the bigger question of donations distorting our democracy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Greens push for urgent vote on national ICAC

Parliament resumes next week and the Australian Greens will use their first opportunity on Thursday to push for a vote on the bill to bring a national anti-corruption body into law.

"We must restore public confidence that corruption is being stamped out. The national ICAC can be established quickly and easily. There can be no excuses from Tony Abbott and the Labor party," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Revelations from ICAC and stories this week around shady political donations leave no room for the old parties to hide.

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Old Parties Donation Stich-up Betrays Labor-Greens Agreement

Christine Milne 29 May 2013

The Australian Greens said the weak compromise deal on donations reform flies in the face of the Greens-Labor agreement signed after the 2010 election.

The Greens will consider amendments to the bill when it comes to the Senate. 

"This weak deal stitched up by the old parties will not clean up the toxic culture of political donations and is a betrayal of the Labor-Greens agreement in 2010," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Time for a pre-breakfast walk

Bob Brown 16 Jun 2011

The following comment has been submitted to The Punch in response to Malcolm Farr's piece:

Malcolm Farr is in such a sour mood! We all go to the press gallery ball and have a good time but he comes up with that anti-Greens grizzle. Yes, I did insist on paying for the tickets - that meant an extra $250 for charity - but Malcolm begrudges it. Though he didn't raise the matter with me at the ball.

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