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Restoring confidence in democracy takes more than a foreign donation ban

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
Political donation and corruption scandals will continue to plague the major parties until they can commit to comprehensive reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.
 
“The Greens absolutely support a ban on foreign donations and increased transparency measures, but we’re also honest about the fact that those things will not be nearly enough.
 
“We need root-and-branch donations reform, a federal ICAC, lobbyist reform and a legislated code of conduct for all parliamentarians. The Greens are putting all of those things on the table.
 
“Nobody could claim we have a healthy democracy when corporations and powerful players can so easily distort the political process.
 
“It’s time for parties to stop putting their chequebooks above the public interest.”
 
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