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

Lee Rhiannon 7 May 2014

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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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Time to clean up political donations - Hockey and Abbott need to reveal secret donations

Lee Rhiannon 5 May 2014

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey to reveal details of the Liberal Party fund raising bodies, the Warringah Forum and the North Sydney Forum.

"The Prime Minister and Treasurer are now associated with the growing NSW Liberal Party political donation scandal and need to quickly reveal details of the members of the Warringah Forum and the North Sydney Forum and the amount of money they have donated," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Major parties take over $100 million from corporate donors – time Coalition and Labor said no

Lee Rhiannon 1 May 2014

A new analysis has shown that the federal divisions of the Labor, Liberal and National parties have received more than $108 million in donations from corporate donors since 2002.

“Evidence presented to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has highlighted the corrosive and damaging influence of political donations,” said Senator Lee Rhiannon, Australian Greens democracy spokesperson.

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Greens welcome support for Senate voting reform

Lee Rhiannon 28 Apr 2014

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Australian Greens democracy spokesperson, has welcomed the decision of the Labor and Liberal parties to support Senate voting reforms that would abolish Group Voting Tickets.

“We welcome multi-party support for a system that the public and the experts prefer. These reforms would take power away from political parties and put it in the hands of voters”, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Greens reject partisan political interference in Australian Electoral Commission

Lee Rhiannon 10 Apr 2014

The Labor and Coalition's call to scrap the Australian Electoral Commission and replace it with a politically partisan board will be a blow to fair and independent elections said Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"The Australian Electoral Commission must be maintained as an impartial and independent administrator, not one which sings to the tune of the Government of the day, which is where the major parties want to take it," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Election expenditure caps way to stop Palmer style spending excesses

Lee Rhiannon 6 Apr 2014

The Greens have called on the Coalition and Labor parties to support caps on electoral expenditure to eliminate the unfair advantage wealthy people can gain for their candidates by spending millions of dollars on election advertising.

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon is in discussion with her Senate colleagues to introduce legislation that would set election spending caps.

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