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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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Roadblocks to voting in the federal election

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jul 2016

Senator Lee Rhiannon has responded to reports that a man was unable to vote in the federal election because there was no stationary polling booth at the hospital he was staying at. 

"It is not good enough to have a mobile polling booth for people in hospital that only does single visits as it means patients have a narrow opportunity to vote.

"We are a democratic society, we have a compulsory voting system and we should make every effort to ensure that each eligible person is able to vote.

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Turnbull does a Clive Palmer and buys power - one million reasons for political donation reform

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jul 2016

The Turnbull $1 million donation to bail out the Liberal Party on the eve of the election is further proof that current electoral funding laws need a major overhaul to stop rich individuals buying their way into power, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“In the 2013 election Clive Palmer donated millions of dollars to his own party and now the Prime Minister is using his personal wealth to win power,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“These examples are disturbing proof that the current electoral funding system is broken.

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New report: motorway lobby donates over $13 million to Liberal, National, Labor parties

Lee Rhiannon 30 Jun 2016

New research by the Greens Democracy4Sale Project reveals that the motorway lobby has donated more than $13 million to the Liberal, National and Labor parties over 15 years.

CMIC, also known as Leightons, was the second biggest donor of the companies analysed handing over more than $3.3 million to the major parties.

Leightons is part of a consortium of companies that have won more than $8 billion worth of contracts from the NSW Government across the first two stages of the WestConnex project.

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Obeid criminal conviction – pressure on Turnbull/Shorten to back National Anti-Corruption Commission

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2016

The Greens are calling on the Prime Minister and the opposition leader to back the formation of a National Anti-Corruption Commission in the wake of the Obeid criminal conviction and the resulting vindication of the role of the NSW ICAC.

Greens Grayndler candidate Jim Casey and Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon are working closely together on the Greens campaign for a national ICAC.

Senator Rhiannon said, “The Turnbull-Joyce government and the Labor opposition are now on notice to establish a federal anti-corruption watchdog.

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Family First's missing $275,000: Greens call on Bob Day to explain

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2016

Research undertaken by the Greens has revealed large donations being paid from Bob Day and his private company to Family First.

Significant irregularities have also been found in the disclosure of donations and loans made by Bob Day and his private company, leaving about $275,000 unaccounted for.

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “I have written to the AEC to request a compliance review, including a review of the terms and conditions of the loans provided by Bob Day.

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Coalition/Labor challenged to stop candidates personally profiting from elections

Lee Rhiannon 24 Jun 2016

The Greens are calling for the Coalition and Labor to commit to urgent reforms of the electoral funding laws that would ensure that the millions of dollars that parties and independents will receive after this election cannot be used for personal or private purposes. 

“All parties should back the straight forward reform that would stop candidates profiteering out of elections,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“All funding paid out to parties and independents should only be spent on party administration and election campaigns.

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