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PM’s anti-corruption shift set to fail if he continues to back toothless model

Lee Rhiannon 12 Dec 2017

Now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has opened the door to a national anti-corruption body he should engage with the National Integrity Committee (NIC) set up last month to advise policy makers on the best model. 

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s policy shift the Greens democracy spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Prime Minister will undermine his own announcement that he is considering a national anti-corruption body if he continues to advocate for a model similar to the Victorian IBAC.

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Lee Rhiannon calls on the University of Wollongong to restore student democracy

Lee Rhiannon calls on the University of Wollongong to restore student democracy

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the decision of senior management at the University of Wollongong to replace a democratically elected student president and is calling on Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings to restore student democracy after the overturning of results of the recent Wollongong Undergraduate Students’ Association (WUSA) election.

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Foreign donations ban: government admits big money corrupts

Lee Rhiannon 6 Dec 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 6 December 2017

Foreign donations ban- government admits big money corrupts

Commenting on the government’s bill to ban political donations from foreign entities, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Rhiannon says that the logic should be extended to donations from domestic sources and the Greens will move amendments to that effect.

“With this bill, the Turnbull government has admitted that big money corrupts politics,” said Senator Rhiannon.

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Liberal-National and Labor parties – not the same but both have an appalling record

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

The responsibility for the growing inequality and most of the serious environmental problems Australia faces can be attributed to the major political parties – the Liberal, National and Labor parties.

These three parties over the past century, in league with the corporate world and big media, have played a key role in the degradation of our natural environments on a massive scale. From relentless logging, industrial pollution, ever-increasing carbon emissions and traffic madness, the list of environmental catastrophes and crises that they have facilitated is very long.

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If a federal election results in a hung parliament, how should the Greens respond?

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

While elections usually result in a hung Senate, with neither Labor nor the Coalition having a majority, this outcome occurs only occasionally in the House of Representatives where government is formed. 

The last time this happened was in 2010 when Labor under Julia Gillard formed government by relying on support from the sole Green MP Adam Bandt and lower house Independents. Prior to that there had not been a hung House of Representatives election result since the second World War.

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Dastyari, Turnbull donations: another example of how business figures gain influence?

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 30 November 2017

Dastyari, Turnbull donations: another example of how business figures gain influence?

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for far reaching electoral funding reform in the wake of both Senator Sam Dastyari and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull links with questionable political donations.

"Political donations are having a corrupting influence on Australian political life, and they certainly add to the public's cynicism about what influences government decisions," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Call for Turnbull, Shorten to back retired judges’ anti-corruption plan

Lee Rhiannon 27 Nov 2017

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to give their full and immediate backing to the plan for a federal corruption watchdog drawn up by a significant number of respected corruption fighters, retired judges and legal people.

“It would be political suicide if Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten fail to back a national anti-corruption body,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

MEDIA RELEASE - 24 November 2017

$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

The Greens have renewed their call to ban political donations from the gun lobby following the release of data that shows firearm interest groups have donated close to $500,000 to political parties.

"Community safety is at risk if the gun lobby is free to hand over money to political parties and then lobby those same parties to weaken gun control measures," Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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