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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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It's high time for a national corruption commission

Lee Rhiannon 17 Apr 2014

This article was published in the Guardian on 17 April 2014.

Premier Barry O’Farrell’s resignation was supposed to indicate a break between the old-style way of doing politics in NSW and the state Liberal Party, but it has emerged that new premier Mike Baird appointed the lobbyist at the heart of the current scandal, Nick Di Girolomo, the chief executive of Australian Water Holdings, to the state water board.

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National ICAC-equivalent urgently needed

Lee Rhiannon 17 Apr 2014

An Australian Greens bill for a national Integrity Commissioner is already before federal Parliament. Among other integrity measures, the bill would establish a new Office of the Independent Parliamentary Adviser to advise MPs and Ministers on entitlements claims and the ethical running of their office that the public rightly expects. The adviser will also be tasked with developing a legally binding code of conduct for MPs for the Parliament to adopt.

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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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Palmer's type of excessive spending can only be stopped by placing a cap on election expenditure

Lee Rhiannon 6 Apr 2014

I am passionate about introducing legislation that would set election spending caps and I am calling on the Coalition and Labor for thier support.

Reports that Clive Palmer spent more on advertising in the WA Senate by-election than the combined spending of all other parties should be a wake up call to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and opposition leader Bill Shorten. Democracy only works when it is based on a fair electoral system. Wealthy individuals like Mr Palmer are using their money to influence election results through saturation advertising.

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