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Turnbull, Shorten find a backbone - back ban on developer donations at local council elections

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
The Greens are calling for developer donations to be banned in all local council elections following more reports on corruption cases arising from the property industry buying influence through political donations.
 
“State and federal political leaders should back a ban on developer donations at local council elections to help restore public confidence in this level of government,” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
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Restoring confidence in democracy takes more than a foreign donation ban

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
Political donation and corruption scandals will continue to plague the major parties until they can commit to comprehensive reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.
 
“The Greens absolutely support a ban on foreign donations and increased transparency measures, but we’re also honest about the fact that those things will not be nearly enough.
 
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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee: Treasury Portfolio: Australian Taxation Office 

Lee Rhiannon 14 Jun 2017

Tuesday 30 May

Senator RHIANNON: Is part of the rationale for changes to MITs in relation to housing to encourage foreign investment?

Senator Cormann: It is to encourage additional investment in social housing, but I will let Treasury take you through it.

Ms Mrakovcic : As the minister indicated, the government is introducing a new investment vehicle in order to encourage affordable housing.

Senator RHIANNON: But it is to encourage foreign investment to some extent, isn't it?

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Estimates: Education and Employment Legislation Committee: Employment Portfolio: Fair Work Commission

Tuesday 30 May

Senator RHIANNON: There has been a great deal of criticism in the media of a number of the enterprise agreements with various retail outlets, which you would obviously be aware of. And I was looking at your form, F17, the employers statutory dec, and from what I can see it looks like it would work on a lot of trust. Does the Fair Work Commission rely just on the evidence submitted by employers when applications are received for approval?

Ms O'Neill: Mr Furlong will assist you with that question.

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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee: Health Portfolio: Department of Health

Monday 29 May

CHAIR: Before I move to Senator Leyonhjelm, Senator Rhiannon wanted some clarification around exactly where some questions related to—

Senator RHIANNON: Yes, to do with the testing of cosmetics on animals and the announcement that was in the budget.

Mr Bowles: That is NICNAS the chemicals regulator. I do not think they are even down to appear so we can take anything on notice, if you would like.

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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee: Treasury Portfolio: Department of the Treasury

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jun 2017

Monday 29 May

Senator RHIANNON: I just want to pick up on the First Home Super Saver Scheme aspect of your so-called housing affordability plan. Many economists, including Saul Eslake, have noted that some policy responses to soaring house prices have taken the form of measures which allow people to spend more on housing than they otherwise would. Will the super saver scheme have that effect by increasing the demand for housing, which in turn will have the effect of further inflating prices?

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