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2000 Australians join campaign to reform Senate Voting

Lee Rhiannon 24 Oct 2013

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed support for Senate electoral reform by Liberal Party federal director Brian Loughnane and outgoing Labor Senator Bob Carr.

“There is now a widespread sentiment that our Senate voting system needs an overhaul, including the support of more than 2000 Australians who have signed The Greens ‘Reform Senate Voting’ petition,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“We must end the backroom preference deals to safeguard the standing of the Senate. 

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More transparency of MP allowances needed – how Labor and Coalition blocked Greens FOI plan

Lee Rhiannon 10 Oct 2013

The question I have been asked most frequently this week is why do some MPs use their allowances to fund their trips to weddings and sporting events. I obviously can’t answer that question.

I do think that the best way to stop these abuses is for the rules to be tightened and to require information on how MPs spend their money made publicly available in a timely fashion. In this era of electronic records there is no justification for delays and secrecy. 

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$56m funding of political parties highlights time to ban private money spend on elections

Lee Rhiannon 9 Oct 2013

Responding to the Australian Electoral Commission’s release of public funding to political parties, Senator Lee Rhiannon the Australian Greens Spokesperson for Democracy said,

“The AEC’s announcement that $56 million of public funding has been provided to political parties and independents for the 2013 election, puts the spotlight on the need for electoral funding reform that restricts the amount of private money used in elections and places caps on election expenditure.

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Moves to legislate Ministerial Code of Conduct

Lee Rhiannon 1 Oct 2013

The Australian Greens Democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon will push for the Ministerial Code of Conduct to be legislated when Parliament resumes.  

“Until the Ministerial Code of Conduct is legislated, it serves as little more than political football between the major parties,” Senator Rhiannon said.

”Recent events have highlighted why incoming governments should not be allowed to rewrite the Ministerial Code of Conduct at their discretion. 

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Cloud over Liberal developer donations highlights need for federal law reform

Lee Rhiannon 21 Sep 2013

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for the Abbott government to close the loophole that allows developers to bypass the NSW ban on corporate donations by donating to federal election campaigns.

Senator Rhiannon was responding to today's SMH reports about developer donations to the Liberal Party.

"A federal ban on political donations from companies should be a priority of the Abbott government to remove the taint of developer donations corrupting the political process," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Senate outcome highlights need for reform – voter control of preference flows

Lee Rhiannon 8 Sep 2013

With two Senate candidates, polling less than one per cent of the vote, on track to win off backroom preference deals, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has renewed her party’s call for electoral reform to allow voters the right to determine their Senate preference flow in above-the-line voting. 

“I am sure many voters in this election would be concerned that their above-the-line Senate vote helped elect a party with values quite different from the one they voted for,” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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