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Turnbull, Shorten find a backbone - back ban on developer donations at local council elections

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
The Greens are calling for developer donations to be banned in all local council elections following more reports on corruption cases arising from the property industry buying influence through political donations.
“State and federal political leaders should back a ban on developer donations at local council elections to help restore public confidence in this level of government,” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
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Restoring confidence in democracy takes more than a foreign donation ban

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2017
Political donation and corruption scandals will continue to plague the major parties until they can commit to comprehensive reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.
“The Greens absolutely support a ban on foreign donations and increased transparency measures, but we’re also honest about the fact that those things will not be nearly enough.
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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Finance Portfolio: Department of Finance

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jun 2017


Thursday 25 May

Senator RHIANNON: I have some questions about travel expenses. Department of Finance figures show the bill for the whole-of-government travel system totalled a bit over $420 million.

Senator Cormann: We literally went through that same line of questioning just now.

Senator RHIANNON: Seriously? I am sorry; I have been at other committees.

Senator Cormann: We have taken it all on notice.

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Time for a national ICAC, lobbying reform and donations overhaul

Lee Rhiannon 6 Jun 2017
The latest political donations scandal engulfing the major parties is further evidence of the need for far-reaching reform to clean up the political process, Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“From cash for access dinners to opaque lobbyist activities and enormous corporate donations, influence peddling in Australian politics is rife. 
“The door has been left wide open for corporations and super rich individuals to distort the political process and skew decision making.
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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Finance Portfolio: Australian Electoral Commission

Lee Rhiannon 2 Jun 2017

Thursday 25 May

Senator RHIANNON: Mr Rogers, in response to a question put by Senator Hanson, you volunteered that Labor had submitted an amended return. Then, in response to a question by Senator Watt asking if One Nation had submitted an amended return, you would not comment. Why was there a difference in your response?

Mr Rogers : I think I made fairly clear that, as I mentioned earlier, because there is an active investigation into the matters involving One Nation, I am loath to comment further about that matter.

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee: Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio: Digital Transformation Agency

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2017

Tuesday 23 May

Senator RHIANNON: For three decades this parliament has been discussing the introduction of a code of conduct for senators and MPs in the House of Representatives. Could you tell us where those discussions are up to after three decades please?

Senator Brandis: To whom is your question directed?

Senator RHIANNON: Maybe to the secretary. To whoever has the most information about it.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: I want to return to the Australian National Audit Office's report on WestConnex. Where are you at with it? Is it something there have been discussions on, some lessons learnt and reflections on, or is it that it is gathering dust on the bookshelf and you are thinking, 'Well, we escaped that bullet'? Where does it sit for you?

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Seven years on from Greens’ first National ICAC proposal- time for talk is over

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2017

Greens spokesperson for Democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed Labor’s support for a National Integrity Commission in light of the ATO tax fraud scandal.

“Mr Turnbull thinks this case demonstrates the system is working, but it’s astounding that $165 million has already been allegedly defrauded before charges were laid,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“Without a National ICAC, the public will still be wondering if charges could have been laid earlier and if existing bodies have all the necessary powers of deterrence and investigation.

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