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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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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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