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Legislating the ministerial code of conduct will stop Abbott trashing it

Lee Rhiannon 17 Dec 2013

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17 December 2013

Legislating the ministerial code of conduct will stop Abbott trashing it

Responding to reports that Prime Minister Tony Abbott will wind back the ministerial code of conduct, Australian Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon will push for the current version to be legislated when parliament resumes.  

“The Prime Minister’s plan to weaken the ministerial code of conduct is designed to reduce bad news stories as fewer Ministers will be caught out if the rules are weakened,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Joyce wedding bells toll for clean-up of MP expenses

Lee Rhiannon 10 Dec 2013

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10 December 2013

Joyce wedding bells toll for clean-up of MP expenses

The Greens say the latest embarrassment for the Abbott government with another Minister repaying public money spent on wedding travel costs highlights the need for a major clean-up of MP entitlements and online open disclosure.

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Call for federal ICAC, ban political donations – solution to political corruption

Lee Rhiannon 5 Dec 2013

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5 December 2013

Call for federal ICAC, ban political donations – solution to political corruption

Commenting on news reports about allegations linking Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos and Liberal MP Karen McNamara with problematic political donations, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for the establishment of a federal corruption watchdog and a ban on corporate donations.

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Motion on Political Donations

Lee Rhiannon 3 Dec 2013

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:57): I move:

That the Senate-
(a) notes that:

(i) political donations for the 2013 federal election made on or after 1 July 2013 will not be made public until 1 February 2015,

(ii) political donations under $12 400 do not have to be disclosed by parties or candidates to the Australian Electoral Commission, and

(iii) this higher disclosure threshold level means the public is not aware of the details of a large number of political donations received by political parties; and

(b) calls for:

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