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Dastyari's mistake must lead to reform: Greens

Lee Rhiannon 7 Sep 2016

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, offering to work constructively with both to bring about major donations reform, in the wake of Sam Dastyari’s acceptance of foreign donations.

“Sam Dastyari made a terrible mistake but what he did is within the rules, which shows the rules are broken and need to be fixed,” said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Labor still putting politics ahead of political donation reform

Lee Rhiannon 5 Sep 2016

It is time Labor showed some backbone on political donation reform, dropped their deceptive attacks on the Greens on the issue and worked collaboratively for far reaching reforms, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“Labor’s attacks on the Greens are a smoke screen to manage the fallout from their own donation scandals,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Talk of political donation reform should not be used as a tactic to deflect the latest scandal. Reforms require action and need to go much further than a ban on overseas donations. 

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Warning for Turnbull, Shorten – back political donation reform now, or scandals will force your hand

Lee Rhiannon 2 Sep 2016

In the wake of the latest federal political donation scandal Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten to publicly commit to far reaching political donation reform.

“If the country’s political leaders do not stand up for political donation reform and set out a timetable for change then their parties, MPs and candidates will become embroiled in more scandals,” Senator Rhiannon warned.

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Speech: Reply to the Governor-General

Lee Rhiannon 31 Aug 2016

Senator RHIANNON  (New South Wales) (12:12): The Governor-General's speech on behalf of the Turnbull government failed on many counts. It failed on one of the most critical issues that this government should be grappling with: how we protect our democracy. The word democracy did not actually appear in the speech at all. There was a vague mention of democracies in general but not Australian democracy and the urgent reforms that are needed.  

 

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Speech: Donations to Political Parties

Lee Rhiannon 31 Aug 2016

 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (19:38): In recent days political donation scandals have dominated the media and at times debate in this place. It is thanks to the New South Wales corruption watchdog, ICAC, and also to the bill pay system that Senator Dastyari uses that has turned the spotlight on the corrupting influence of political donations.

 

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Dastyari travel bill declaration – more evidence of questionable relationship between donors and politicians

Lee Rhiannon 30 Aug 2016

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports that Senator Sam Dastyari’s Register of Interests reveals that a private education provider donated money to cover costs when the Senator exceeded his publicly funded travel allowance. 

“For an overseas donor like Top Education Institute, a private education provider based in Sydney, to be giving money to a Senator to cover his travel costs is questionable behaviour. 

“Outside organisations should not be helping to pay for the work that politicians and political parties undertake. 

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Speech: Election of Senators

Lee Rhiannon 30 Aug 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:36): Today, the first day of the new parliament, it is timely to remember Labor's confected hysteria about Senate voting reforms. Remember the night of the Senate sleepover: Labor heavyweights told us that the Senate would be purged, that the poor would suffer, that democracy would be trashed and that crossbenchers would become a threatened species in this chamber. And the cruelty of it all would not stop with the make-up of the Senate. Labor senators told us that voters themselves would suffer.

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ICAC Spicer report turns up heat on need for national anti-corruption reforms

Lee Rhiannon 30 Aug 2016

The ICAC Spicer Report into corrupt political donations puts the spotlight on the need for a National Anti-Corruption Commission and electoral funding reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

Operation Spicer investigated Liberal Party campaign donations funnelled between different arms of the party at the time Cabinet Secretary, Senator Arthur Sinodinos was the NSW party treasurer. 

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Greens challenge Labor – why stop at overseas political donations

Lee Rhiannon 23 Aug 2016

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has said that Labor’s concern about the potential for overseas political donors to use their money to buy influence should equally apply to wealthy Australian companies that bankroll parties.

“While the former Treasurer Wayne Swan’s call for a debate on overseas political donations is a start this approach does expose Labor’s failure to end the corrupting influence of political donations whatever the source,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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