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Time Prime Minister put his actions where his mouth is - ban corporate donations

Lee Rhiannon 2 Apr 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is being hypocritical over his complaint that Mr Clive Palmer is trying to buy seats in parliament, says Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"The Coalition over many years has blocked electoral funding reform that would have capped election spending and stopped corporate political donations," Senator Rhiannon said

"Mr Abbott's Liberal Party accepts huge corporate donations, like the Palmer United Party, in their attempt to win seats in parliament.

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Greens call for Ministerial Code of Conduct to be legislated following Sinodinos's announcement

Lee Rhiannon 19 Mar 2014

Responding to Senator Arthur Sinodinos stepping aside from the position of Assistant Treasurer, Greens spokesperson for Democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“Recent events relating to a series of government frontbenchers have highlighted why it’s not good enough to have a Ministerial Code of Conduct that is developed at the discretion of the government of the day.

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Motion: Building and Construction Industry

Lee Rhiannon 19 Mar 2014

Lee moves a motion relating to safety in the construction industry, which proposes the Senate recognise serious recent safety breaches on commerical construction sites and support an urgent safety audit of major construction sites across Sydney. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:03): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 180 standing in my name as circulated in the chamber.

Leave granted.

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