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Greens NSW are proud of our policies and internal democracy

Lee Rhiannon 29 Jun 2017

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will continue to stand with Greens members everywhere for public education, social and environmental justice and internal party democracy despite the decision of the Greens ​federal ​Party Room meeting in Melbourne yesterday​

Senator Rhiannon said, "Yesterday I attended and contributed in good faith to a robust discussion in the Greens party room, as I always do.

“Consistent backgrounding and leaks from senior Greens sources is what is divisive to this party not my work with members campaigning for public education.

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Seven years on from Greens’ first National ICAC proposal- time for talk is over

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2017

Greens spokesperson for Democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed Labor’s support for a National Integrity Commission in light of the ATO tax fraud scandal.

“Mr Turnbull thinks this case demonstrates the system is working, but it’s astounding that $165 million has already been allegedly defrauded before charges were laid,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“Without a National ICAC, the public will still be wondering if charges could have been laid earlier and if existing bodies have all the necessary powers of deterrence and investigation.

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Turnbull govt MP before Queensland corruption inquiry – time for National ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

The need for a national ICAC and political donation reform is in the spotlight again following news that a Turnbull government MP has been called before a Queensland corruption inquiry, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Turnbull government MP Stuart Robert has been ordered to appear before the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission’s inquiry into claims of questionable political donations,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Ley’s expenses scandal – more evidence of why we need a national ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 9 Jan 2017

9 January 2017

Ley’s expenses scandal – more evidence of why we need a national ICAC

The latest MP expenses scandal involving Health Minister Sussan Ley further strengthens the case for both a National Anti-Corruption Commission and a major overhaul of the use of MP allowances, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.  

“This scandal will not be the last involving an MP abusing public money.  It should be a wakeup call for the Turnbull government,” 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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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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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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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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