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Dastyari, Turnbull donations: another example of how business figures gain influence?

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 30 November 2017

Dastyari, Turnbull donations: another example of how business figures gain influence?

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for far reaching electoral funding reform in the wake of both Senator Sam Dastyari and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull links with questionable political donations.

"Political donations are having a corrupting influence on Australian political life, and they certainly add to the public's cynicism about what influences government decisions," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Call for Turnbull, Shorten to back retired judges’ anti-corruption plan

Lee Rhiannon 27 Nov 2017

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to give their full and immediate backing to the plan for a federal corruption watchdog drawn up by a significant number of respected corruption fighters, retired judges and legal people.

“It would be political suicide if Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten fail to back a national anti-corruption body,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

MEDIA RELEASE - 24 November 2017

$500,000 gun lobby donations puts public safety at risk

The Greens have renewed their call to ban political donations from the gun lobby following the release of data that shows firearm interest groups have donated close to $500,000 to political parties.

"Community safety is at risk if the gun lobby is free to hand over money to political parties and then lobby those same parties to weaken gun control measures," Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Constitution needs to be brought into the 21st Century

Lee Rhiannon 14 Nov 2017

The citizenship status of MPs and Senators has put the spotlight on Section 44 of the Constitution. We should be worried about split allegiances - but it’s politicians serving their masters in big business that should concern us, not whether someone’s parent was born in another country. The resignation of Jacqui Lambie, who has been a staunch advocate for veterans and workers, adds weight to the case for constitutional change.

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Senate Estimates: GetUp! and the Australian Electoral Commission

On Tuesday, 24 October 2017, Lee asked the following questions of Mr Tom Rogers, Electoral Commissioner, and Mr Paul Pirani, Chief Legal Officer, of the Australian Electoral Commission, as part of Senate Estimates hearings by the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

CHAIR: I might go to Senator Rhiannon, and then I'll come back to you. Is it on a related matter?

Senator McALLISTER: It's not a related matter.

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Senate Estimates: Lobbyists

Lee Rhiannon 7 Nov 2017

On Monday, 23 October 2017, Lee asked the following questions of Senator Parry, President of the SenateMr Paul Cooper, First Assistant Secretary (DPS), Mr Robert Stefanic, Secretary (DPS), as part of Senate Estimates hearings by the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee                                                                                     

Lobbyists

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Motion: Donations to Political Parties

Lee Rhiannon 26 Aug 2017

Tuesday 15 August

Senator RHIANNON ( New South Wales ) ( 16:05 ): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) Australia's biggest ethanol producer, Manildra, has donated over $4.1 million to political parties since 1998-99 and was granted twenty meetings with the NSW Minister before a new law on the NSW Ethanol Mandate was passed,

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