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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) (17:28): by leave—I move:

(1) Schedule 1, item 3, page 4 (line 16) to page 5 (line 16), omit the item, substitute:

3 Section 3

Repeal the section, substitute:

3 Simplified outline of this Act

On retirement from the Parliament a person may, if he or she has satisfied the relevant qualifying period, become the holder of a Parliamentary Retirement Travel Entitlement conferring travel entitlements under this Act.

Under this Act:

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Speech: Turnbull Government

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:54): The Prime Minister's bad news week will continue when he returns to Sydney. When he goes to his Point Piper mansion on that multimillion dollar street he will have to navigate his way around a giant sinkhole. A giant sinkhole, believe it or not, has opened up. So we have this perfect metaphor. Not only is he falling into a hole in terms of how he is handling his policy work in Canberra; he will literally have to navigate his way around one when he returns to Sydney.

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Life Gold Pass going, but the perk continues for former PMs

Lee Rhiannon 7 Feb 2017
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed reports that Prime Minister Turnbull will finally scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme. 
 
However, the Greens say the scheme should not be retained for former Prime Ministers, who already collect significant parliamentary pensions after retirement.
 
“Why scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme but retain it for former Prime Ministers, who collect hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in the form of parliamentary pensions?” Senator Rhiannon said.
 
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PM dodges scrutiny and makes the case for reform

Lee Rhiannon 2 Feb 2017
The circumstances surrounding the Prime Minister’s record-breaking $1.75 million donation to the Liberal Party suggest Mr Turnbull was attempting to avoid scrutiny, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says.
 
“Considering the Liberal Party knew during the 2016 federal election campaign that they could rely on a hefty donation from the PM, why did Mr Turnbull choose to push his disclosure into the first days of July?” Senator Rhiannon has asked.  
 
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AEC data shows total payments to political parties hit $1 billion; Greens call for real reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Feb 2017
The Greens’ Democracy for Sale project has found the total amount of declared donations and payments made to Australian political parties since 1998 has topped $1 billion.
 
“The Greens strongly support adopting much timelier reporting of donations and payments, and lowering the threshold for disclosure,” Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“We have called for both of those things for a long time and we will continue to. But we need to go much further. 
 
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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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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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