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Greens plan to end backroom Senate preference deals

Lee Rhiannon 2 Sep 2013

The Australian Greens will introduce legislation to end backroom preference deals and enhance the democratic process by returning to voters the power to control their Senate preference flow. 

“The experience with parties’ Senate group voting tickets in this election has again underlined the need to put preference decisions back in the hands of voters," Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“The Greens support Optional Preferential Above-The-Line Voting to strengthen the democratic system. 

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Liberal campaign run by lobbyist – time for reform

Lee Rhiannon 28 Aug 2013

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon renewed her party’s call for an Office of the Commission of Lobbying following news that a lobbyist company under a cloud over its activities in NSW is running the Liberal’s Reid campaign in western Sydney.

“The involvement of lobbyist firm 1st State in an election campaign is a bad look for the Liberals,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“1st State owner Joe Tannous has publicly stated that his Liberal position can gain ‘results’ for clients in NSW.

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Hawke Review shines light on failure to upgrade FOI laws

Lee Rhiannon 2 Aug 2013

Australian Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon today welcomed the Hawke report  on freedom of information laws and called on the Attorney General Mark Dreyfus to honour his stated commitment “to openness and access to government information” by committing to stronger FOI laws. 

“The Hawke Review is an embarrassment for the government as it highlights how far Labor has moved away from strengthening public scrutiny of the work of parliament and parliamentarians and the use of public money for these activities,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Abbott's Coalition a wolf in sheep's clothing on local govt referendum

Lee Rhiannon 25 Jun 2013

While welcoming the final passing of the laws to set up the Referendum for constitutional recognition of local government, Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused the Coalition of running a spoiler campaign to undermine the chances of the Referendum passing.

"Last night's split in the Coalition vote shows that Abbott is a wolf in sheep's clothing on the Referendum for constitutional recognition of local government," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Old parties weaken FOI, protect MPs expenses

Lee Rhiannon 19 Jun 2013

Labor and Coalition MPs united in the Senate late last night to increase secrecy around MPs expenses and the workings of parliament by rejecting Greens' amendments and voting in favour of a bill to exempt parliament from the scrutiny of freedom of information (FOI).

The Parliamentary Service Amendment (FOI) Bill will shield the Senate, House of Representatives and Parliamentary Services Department from the FOI Act completely and retrospectively.

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