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Motion: Ban political donations from banks

Lee Rhiannon 13 Oct 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:58): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the National Bank of Australia has announced a voluntary ban on all political donations to avoid perceptions of impropriety or graft; and

(b) calls on all parties and members of Parliament to refuse political donations from all banks and financial institutions to avoid perceptions of impropriety or graft.

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NAB decision to ban political donations puts spotlight on Turnbull/Shorten failure

The decision of the National Bank of Australia to ban political donations and reports that ANZ may follow further highlights the failure of the major parties to give leadership on the urgent issue of electoral reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Now that the Coalition and Labor have been shown up by NAB they should at least announce they will no longer take donations from the big banks,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Robert, Dastyari, ????? - how many scandals will it take for major parties to back anti corruption reforms

Lee Rhiannon 29 Sep 2016

The case of Liberal MP Stuart Robert, a serial offender in how he engages with lobbyists and uses political donations, lends great weight to the need for a national corruption watchdog and far reaching electoral funding reforms, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"Mr Robert is the tip of the iceberg of questionable political donation and lobbyist practices," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Irons wedding scandal shows Coalition/Labor have left door open for continued public purse rip-offs

Lee Rhiannon 27 Sep 2016

The latest MP travel expenses scandal involving WA Liberal MP Steve Irons is proof that MPs can still easily exploit the public purse for personal gain as the Coalition and Labor parties have failed to tighten up the rules, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“Claiming money to go to one’s own wedding is a new low for the Australian parliament. No one could dredge up an excuse to try and wriggle out of this one,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Macfarlane’s new job at Queensland Resources Council is revolving door in action

Lee Rhiannon 26 Sep 2016

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens mining and resources spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters have commented on Ian Macfarlane’s appointment to the Queensland Resources Council. 

Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The revolving door between the political class and the mining and resources sector causes deep cynicism about MPs and democratic institutions.

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Another donations scandal a reminder of the need for reform

Lee Rhiannon 19 Sep 2016

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Councillor for the Gabba Ward Jonathan Sri have commented on reports that the Mayor of Logan received over $50,000 in donations from a company that did not legally exist. 

The Mayor of Logan Luke Smith lodged a return with the Queensland Electoral Commission in July 2016 declaring $377,833 in gifts from Logan Futures PTY.

The Australian Yues International Developments Group (AYIDG) made seven donations to Logan Futures before the Yues group was legally established in April, totalling $55,800.  

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Coalition/Labor frustrate reforms on weak lobbyist rules

Lee Rhiannon 19 Sep 2016

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon says that reports about questionable activities of health industry lobbyists is another reminder of the need for reform of the Lobbying Code of Conduct and political donations. 

“Reports about key health industry players lobbying the government over prostheses list prices are a reminder that we have to strengthen the Lobbying Code of Conduct and enforce strict caps on political donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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