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Motion: Political donations

Lee Rhiannon 21 Jun 2017

Tuesday 20 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:50): by leave—I amend general business notice of motion 361 in the terms circulated in the chamber and move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

     (i) the High Court in McCloy vs New South Wales (2015) upheld a ban on political donations from property developers in New South Wales,

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Motion: Donations to Political Parties

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jun 2017

Wednesday 14 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:21): I seek leave to amend the motion of Senator Bernardi by removing (b)(i) and (b)(ii) and substituting the words 'the corrupting influence of large political donations on the transparency and integrity of Australian democracy'.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended.

That the Senate—

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Turnbull, Shorten find a backbone - back ban on developer donations at local council elections

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
The Greens are calling for developer donations to be banned in all local council elections following more reports on corruption cases arising from the property industry buying influence through political donations.
 
“State and federal political leaders should back a ban on developer donations at local council elections to help restore public confidence in this level of government,” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
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Restoring confidence in democracy takes more than a foreign donation ban

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.
 
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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Finance Portfolio: Department of Finance

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jun 2017

 

Thursday 25 May

Senator RHIANNON: I have some questions about travel expenses. Department of Finance figures show the bill for the whole-of-government travel system totalled a bit over $420 million.

Senator Cormann: We literally went through that same line of questioning just now.

Senator RHIANNON: Seriously? I am sorry; I have been at other committees.

Senator Cormann: We have taken it all on notice.

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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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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Finance Portfolio: Australian Electoral Commission

Lee Rhiannon 2 Jun 2017

Thursday 25 May

Senator RHIANNON: Mr Rogers, in response to a question put by Senator Hanson, you volunteered that Labor had submitted an amended return. Then, in response to a question by Senator Watt asking if One Nation had submitted an amended return, you would not comment. Why was there a difference in your response?

Mr Rogers : I think I made fairly clear that, as I mentioned earlier, because there is an active investigation into the matters involving One Nation, I am loath to comment further about that matter.

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Lee's Travel Expenses January - April 2017

Lee Rhiannon 31 May 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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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio: Digital Transformation Agency

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2017

Tuesday 23 May

Senator RHIANNON: For three decades this parliament has been discussing the introduction of a code of conduct for senators and MPs in the House of Representatives. Could you tell us where those discussions are up to after three decades please?

Senator Brandis: To whom is your question directed?

Senator RHIANNON: Maybe to the secretary. To whoever has the most information about it.

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