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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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Sinodinos Was Struck Down By The NSW Disease

Lee Rhiannon 25 Mar 2014

This article was published in New Matilda on 25 March 2014.

Labor landed a big catch last week week. Pushing Senator Arthur Sinodinos out of the Abbott ministry dominated their tactics in parliament.

The Senator’s Coalition colleagues rushed to stand up for John Howard's former Chief of Staff when he stepped aside. But one Liberal MP privately suggested the accolades made ad nauseum by Liberal and National MPs were starting to sound more like eulogies.

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Cloud over Labour’s $200,000 donation – call for AEC action

Lee Rhiannon 20 Mar 2014

20 March 2014

Cloud over Labour’s $200,000 donation – call for AEC action

Responding to reports of a secret $200,000 donation to Labor on the eve of the federal election, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Australian Electoral Commission to investigate and prosecute if the law has been broken.

“Accepting $200,000 from a Taiwanese developer just days before the last election needs to be urgently investigated by the AEC,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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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.

“The Ministerial Code of Conduct needs to be legislated and I will be talking to my Labor colleagues to assess their support.

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Speech: Ministerial Conduct

Lee Rhiannon 19 Mar 2014

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:29): This debate needs to be seen in the wider context of strengthening our democratic process. We urgently need politics to be cleaned up in this country. That needs to go much further than just dealing with the issues of today around Senator Sinodinos, because there is a real thread through so much of this work with regard to lobbying and how it is conducted in this country.

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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.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

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Coalition/Labor vote down Senate plan to sandbag against lobbyist scandals

Lee Rhiannon 18 Mar 2014

With leading Coalition and Labor figures caught up in lobbying scandals the major parties combined forces in the Senate to vote down a motion backing greater regulation of lobbying activities in the federal parliament, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

"It is extraordinary that when given the opportunity to vote for a much needed clean-up of lobbyist activities that would provide greater transparency for the public, Labor and the Coalition choose to vote together to maintain the current feeble oversight system," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Motion: Regulation of Lobbyists

Lee Rhiannon 17 Mar 2014

Lee moves a motion to increase regulation of lobbying, calling for the government to provide a legislative framework and to establish of an Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:39): I move:

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