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Billson snubs parliamentary rules and collects extra $75,000

Lee Rhiannon 9 Aug 2017

Bruce Billson's apology for his flagrant breach of parliamentary rules is not good enough and he should donate to charity the money he received from a top lobby group while still a member of parliament, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"What is the point of having rules for MPs and ministers if they can be breached with no consequences," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Prime Minister's weak leadership is again on display with a third former Coalition government minister blatantly flouting parliamentary rules.

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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 failed to heed ICAC – promoting Sinodinos another PM blunder

Lee Rhiannon 19 Jan 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

18 January 2017

Turnbull failed to heed ICAC – promoting Sinodinos another PM blunder

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to promote Senator Arthur Sinodinos in his mini Cabinet reshuffle reflects the PM’s arrogance and poor judgement, Greens industry spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“It is extraordinary that the Prime Minister has promoted Mr Sinodinos in light of his role as a company director and his dubious evidence at ICAC hearings,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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First Reading: Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

Lee Rhiannon 4 Dec 2014

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:44): I move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to prohibit political donations from certain industries, and for related purposes. Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014.
Question agreed to.

Senator RHIANNON: I present the bill and move:

That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.
Question agreed to.

Bill read a first time.

 

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All parties should back former Commissioner Ipp's call for national ICAC

Lee Rhiannon 24 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have called on all parties to support the call of the former head of the NSW ICAC for a national anti-corruption body to be set up with the powers of a royal commission (ABC Four Corners http://tinyurl.com/n26uovu).

"If Labor and the Coalition do not now back a national ICAC the obvious question will be what do they have to hide?" Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Who is coming to dinner Treasurer - call for Hockey to release names

Lee Rhiannon 7 May 2014

MEDIA COMMENT

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has responded to reports that the Treasurer is pushing ahead with a series of exclusive high powered fund raising events for his election fund raising body the North Sydney Forum.

"Mr Hockey should release the list of attendees to reduce the perception of donation deals done behind closed doors," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Motion: Regulation of Lobbyists

Lee Rhiannon 17 Mar 2014

Lee moves a motion to increase regulation of lobbying, calling for the government to provide a legislative framework and to establish of an Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:39): I move:

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Nash scandal: Greens call for lobbyist and ministerial code of conducts to be legislated

Lee Rhiannon 13 Feb 2014

Media Release
13 February 2014

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Rhiannon will propose legislation to enshrine the ministerial code of conduct and lobbyist code of conduct in law in response to the latest scandal involving Senator Nash and her staff.

Senator Rhiannon said: "There is an urgent need for transparency of MPs interactions with lobbyists. This incident with Senator Nash and her Chief of Staff is just one of many examples.

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