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Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee: Attorney-General's Portfolio: Attorney-General's Department

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON: In estimates on Monday of this week, Senator Brandis, you argued that Senate order 20C, for rolling disclosure of meetings with former ministers, is potentially invalid on the basis of advice from the Clerk of the House of Representatives. The Greens have obtained today advice from the Acting Clerk of the Senate, Mr Richard Pye, which confirms that the order is valid.

Senator Brandis: That does not surprise me, Senator Rhiannon.

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Lee's Travel Expenses January 2017

Lee Rhiannon 3 Mar 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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Lee's Travel Expenses December 2016

Lee Rhiannon 3 Mar 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: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio

Monday, 27 February 2017

CHAIR: Thank you. Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: I have some issues to deal with on the Prime Minister's statement of ministerial standards. I wanted to ask about the Prime Minister's statement of ministerial standards, Minister, and the cooling-off period for former ministers during which they are not allowed to lobby the government.

Senator Brandis: Yes.

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What even is the point of Ministerial Standards?

Lee Rhiannon 27 Feb 2017

Today the Turnbull government confirmed that it has no process for enforcing its own document governing the behaviour and activities of ministers and former ministers – the Statement of Ministerial Standards. 

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Earlier this month former resources Minister Ian Macfarlane reportedly boasted that he would talk to his ‘good mates in Canberra’ in order to make sure that Native Title laws that threaten the Adani coal mine are amended. 

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Committee: Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:44): I move Greens amendment (2) on sheet 8066:

(2) Page 43 (after line 5), after clause 63, insert:

63A Electorate allowance

Despite any provision of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973, if the Remuneration Tribunal determines an electorate allowance for members of parliament, the Remuneration Tribunal must:

(a) require the electorate allowance to be deposited into a separate account of the member; and

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Committee: Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:39): I move Greens amendment (1) on sheet 8066:

(1) Page 29 (after line 24), at the end of Division 7, add:

34A Authority must refer fraud to the Australian Federal Police

(1) If the Authority suspects that a claim in relation to any of the following is fraudulent or misleading, the Authority must refer the matter to the Australian Federal Police:

(a) an MP work expense;

(b) an MP travel allowance;

(c) a designated parliamentary benefit;

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Committee: Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:51): The Greens oppose item 11 of schedule 1 in the following terms:

(4) Schedule 1, item 11, page 7 (lines 11 to 15), to be opposed.

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The CHAIR: The question is that item 11 of schedule 1 stand as printed.

Question agreed to.

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