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Like Abbott, Turnbull squibs ditching elitist Life Gold Pass

Lee Rhiannon 28 Nov 2016
The elitist Life Gold Pass is set to survive into 2017 as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, like former PM Tony Abbott, has squibbed previous promises to ditch the discredited scheme, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“Prime Minister Turnbull’s excuse that his government is too ‘busy’ is rubbish. We all know three weeks ago the Senate ran out of legislation 
to debate,” Senator Rhiannon said.
 
“Just last month Special Minister of State Scott Ryan said the bill would be introduced before Christmas.
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Buying political access the link to One Nation developer donations

Lee Rhiannon 21 Nov 2016
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon says Vicland property donations to One Nation, as well as Liberal, Labor and Family First parties, are a blatant example of money being used to buy political influence.
 
New research completed by the Greens Democracy for Sale project compared two party preferred polling figures with total donations declared in an election period. In elections where a particular party was expected to win government, donations favoured those parties.
 
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Motion: Political Donations

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:43): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 97 standing in my name for today relating to political donations, before asking that it be taken as a formal motion.

Leave granted.

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Senate Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee: Attorney-General's Portfolio (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: Attorney-General, in May this year at the Senate estimates you said that the 2014 decision to abolish the OAIC was 'a good economy measure—and we have not changed our minds'. In what way, and to what extent, was it a good economy measure?

Senator Brandis: Well, we have changed our minds since, and I am pleased we have.

Senator RHIANNON: Sorry, could you repeat that.

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Senate Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: (Australian Electoral Commission)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

CHAIR: I welcome the Electoral Commissioner, Mr Tom Rogers, and officers from the Australian Electoral Commission. Mr Rogers, do you wish to make an opening statement?

Mr Rogers: No, thank you.

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you for waiting till this late hour. Is the AEC confident in the integrity of the latest round of CFMEU elections?

Senator McKENZIE: The conduct or the outcome? Sorry, Senator.

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