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Labor is right about overseas donations, but we must go further

Lee Rhiannon 31 Jan 2017
Labor’s support for lowering the disclosure threshold and banning overseas donations is welcome, but if they are serious about removing the influence of money on politics they should join Greens’ calls for strict caps on donations and election expenditure.
 
Greens research and analysis through the Democracy for Sale project has predicted that tomorrow, when AEC donations data is released, the total amount of declared donations and payments made to Australian political parties since 1998 will reach $1 billion. 
 
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Everyone has right to a home – time to scrap generous tax breaks

Lee Rhiannon 25 Jan 2017
Every single major housing market in Australia is ‘severely unaffordable’ according to the latest Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. Sydney is second on the list of the most severely unaffordable housing markets in the world.
 
Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW housing spokesperson Jenny Leong say it is absurd that both federal and state governments insist that they can tackle housing affordability without making any changes to unfair tax structures like negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts.
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Wollongong third most expensive city to live: Turnbull govt must act on housing

Lee Rhiannon 25 Jan 2017
Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Turnbull government urgently needs to address the issue of negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts, which is directly contributing to the housing crisis. 
 
Wollongong is now Australia’s third most expensive city to live, with house prices up 16.7 per cent over the year and 7.7 per cent over the December quarter. The median house price is now $700,000.
 
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Turnbull’s – keep my diary secret stance - out of step with world democratic standards

Lee Rhiannon 23 Jan 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s refusal to release his official diary is out of step with democratic trends that have seen both former British Prime Minister David Cameron and former US President Barack Obama automatically release details of their official appointments, Greens democracy spokesperson Senators Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“The PM should drop his legal challenge to the decision of the Information Commissioner that his official diary for the day he took office be made public,” 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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California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

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11 January 2017

California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

The Californian government’s Fair Political Practices Commission has warned the Australian government to stop their underhand tactics to restart the trade in kangaroo products into California, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

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Lee's Travel Expenses November 2016

Lee Rhiannon 11 Jan 2017

Lee's duties as a Senator for NSW and a portfolio holder for the Australian Greens require her to travel both within NSW and interstate. Senate related travel is paid for using parliamentary allowances.

As Australian Greens spokesperson for democracy Lee has long campaigned for more scrutiny of how MPs use allowances and  for this information to be made public as close to real time as possible.

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