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Bob Day still has questions to answer

Lee Rhiannon 1 Nov 2016
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon says former Senator Bob Day still has many outstanding questions to answer. 
 
“Bob Day will be remembered as the Senator who bankrolled his own political career with questionable political donations. Now we know that these donations were made around the same time that his building empire was leaving many, many people in financial ruin.
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PM Turnbull snubs Ministerial Standards a second time?

Lee Rhiannon 31 Oct 2016
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has warned that former trade minister Andrew Robb’s new job with Landbridge Group, who were awarded a 99 year lease over the Port of Darwin last year, may lead to a breach of the Ministerial Standards.
 
Statements by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) during the recent Estimates hearings suggests that the Prime Minister is mishandling former ministers taking jobs in the private sector. 
 
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Bob Day does a Palmer – donating to his own party while his business causes pain and hardship for many

Lee Rhiannon 17 Oct 2016
Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on news that Family First Senator Bob Day’s national home building empire has gone into liquidation. 
 
“The Bob Day saga of political donations and a collapsed building empire is another reminder of the need for far reaching electoral funding reform,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
“While Bob Day’s building empire Home Australia was leaving many, many people in financial stress, Bob Day was pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into his own party’s coffers. 
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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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