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Greens: Ian Macdonald case another reason for a federal ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 30 Mar 2017
The Greens have renewed their call for a federal anti-corruption body, after another former MP exposed by NSW ICAC was found guilty of criminal misconduct today.
 
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “What’s the chance corruption only happens in state politics? The case for a federal ICAC is now overwhelming. 
 
“Liberal Minister Mathias Cormann has previously argued that we already have a ‘robust framework to fight corruption’ at the federal level. That is demonstrably untrue.
 
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Motion: Homelessness

Lee Rhiannon 29 Mar 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:40): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates organisations and groups across Australia providing essential services to people who are homeless, including the Larrakia Nation, Darwin; 24/7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space, Sydney; Food Not Bombs, Adelaide; After Dark Saints, Brisbane; South West Australian Homeless People; and the Homeless Persons Union, Victoria; and

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MP expense reform needs muscle – penalties essential

Lee Rhiannon 29 Mar 2017
The public will remain sceptical about the Turnbull government’s latest attempt to clean up MPs’ expenses if the measures do not include clear compliance and penalty provisions, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
Senator Rhiannon was commenting on the Parliamentary Business Resources Bill 2017 to be introduced this week by the Special Minister of State Senator Scott Ryan.
 
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Export credit agency backflips on live exports, Greens call for documents

The Senate has passed a Greens motion calling on the Turnbull government to release documents relating to Australia’s export finance credit agency (EFIC) and live exports (below).
 
The motion follows an extraordinary backflip by EFIC last week, after state director Phil Smith said the agency did not fund the live export trade because it involved ‘too much cruelty’. 
 
On Thursday EFIC’s chief executive contradicted Mr Smith, calling the comments untrue and the situation ‘embarrassing’.
 
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Motion: Josh Park-Fing: Order for the production of documents

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:50): I move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Employment, by no later than 4 pm on 27 March 2017, all documents and correspondence relating to the death of a Work for the Dole participant, Josh Park-Fing, including the report prepared by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland into his death.

Question agreed to.

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