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Committee: Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:39): I move Greens amendment (1) on sheet 8066:

(1) Page 29 (after line 24), at the end of Division 7, add:

34A Authority must refer fraud to the Australian Federal Police

(1) If the Authority suspects that a claim in relation to any of the following is fraudulent or misleading, the Authority must refer the matter to the Australian Federal Police:

(a) an MP work expense;

(b) an MP travel allowance;

(c) a designated parliamentary benefit;

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Committee: Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:51): The Greens oppose item 11 of schedule 1 in the following terms:

(4) Schedule 1, item 11, page 7 (lines 11 to 15), to be opposed.

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The CHAIR: The question is that item 11 of schedule 1 stand as printed.

Question agreed to.

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Committee: Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:28): by leave—I move:

(1) Schedule 1, item 3, page 4 (line 16) to page 5 (line 16), omit the item, substitute:

3 Section 3

Repeal the section, substitute:

3 Simplified outline of this Act

On retirement from the Parliament a person may, if he or she has satisfied the relevant qualifying period, become the holder of a Parliamentary Retirement Travel Entitlement conferring travel entitlements under this Act.

Under this Act:

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Speech: Turnbull Government

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:54): The Prime Minister's bad news week will continue when he returns to Sydney. When he goes to his Point Piper mansion on that multimillion dollar street he will have to navigate his way around a giant sinkhole. A giant sinkhole, believe it or not, has opened up. So we have this perfect metaphor. Not only is he falling into a hole in terms of how he is handling his policy work in Canberra; he will literally have to navigate his way around one when he returns to Sydney.

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Life Gold Pass going, but the perk continues for former PMs

Lee Rhiannon 7 Feb 2017
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed reports that Prime Minister Turnbull will finally scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme. 
 
However, the Greens say the scheme should not be retained for former Prime Ministers, who already collect significant parliamentary pensions after retirement.
 
“Why scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme but retain it for former Prime Ministers, who collect hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in the form of parliamentary pensions?” Senator Rhiannon said.
 
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PM dodges scrutiny and makes the case for reform

Lee Rhiannon 2 Feb 2017
The circumstances surrounding the Prime Minister’s record-breaking $1.75 million donation to the Liberal Party suggest Mr Turnbull was attempting to avoid scrutiny, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says.
 
“Considering the Liberal Party knew during the 2016 federal election campaign that they could rely on a hefty donation from the PM, why did Mr Turnbull choose to push his disclosure into the first days of July?” Senator Rhiannon has asked.  
 
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