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Prime Minister must act to ban party fundraisers at Parliament House

Lee Rhiannon 25 May 2014

24 May 2014

Commenting on Speaker Bronwyn Bishop holding Liberal Party fundraisers in her Parliament House office, Senator Lee Rhiannon Greens democracy spokesperson said

"This is a serious abuse that puts the Prime Minister under intense pressure to move far reaching electoral funding reforms.

"Holding a fundraiser in the Speaker's office is not just an issue about the future of Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker.

"Holding political party fundraising events should be banned from parliament.

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Abbott urged to make Liberals come clean on suspected crime link to Liberal fundraising

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2014

Responding to today's report that a suspected mafia figure was involved in fund raising for a 2013 Liberal Party marginal seat election campaign, Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens democracy spokesperson said:

"Liberal Party leaders should open up their accounts for public scrutiny.

"These are very serious accusations linking a number of state and federal Liberal MPs with a person police describe as involved in murder, arson and other crimes.

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Greens will pursue donations conflict of interest involving Tony Abbott

Lee Rhiannon 21 May 2014

A Liberal Party donor whose institution provided a $60 000 higher education “chairman’s scholarship” to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s daughter raises serious questions about ethics and conflicts of interest, said Australian Greens spokesperson for democracy and higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon. 

“Les Taylor, chairman of the Whitehouse Institute of Design who provided the Prime Minister’s daughter with a fee-free education, has donated more than $12,000 to the NSW Division of the Liberal Party,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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End to backroom preference deals - widespread backing for Senate voting reform

Lee Rhiannon 9 May 2014

Senate voting reform that would end the back room party preference deals and allow voters to determine their preferences is the key recommendation in a parliamentary committee report released today, Senator Lee Rhiannon Greens democracy spokesperson said.

Senator Rhiannon is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters and a long term advocate of optional preferential voting. In 1999 in NSW on behalf of the Greens she won support of Labor and the Coalition for similar voting reform for the NSW Legislative Council.

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Who wins in Senate electoral reform plan?

Lee Rhiannon 9 May 2014

This article was published in The Big Smoke on 9 May 2014.

The secret back-room deals for Senate preferences that plagued the 2013 Federal Election look set to end and become  a bad memory if the recommendations from a parliamentary committee are adopted.

Public disquiet has been considerable since a candidate with less than one percent of the vote won a Senate seat after engaging in a complex array of preference deals.

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University fee deregulation a huge blow for equity and fairness

Lee Rhiannon 8 May 2014

Responding to reports that the Abbott government will force universities to compete with private colleges through fee deregulation, Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"Fee deregulation is code for increasing student fees. Minister Pyne should prepare himself for more student protests over his fee deregulation policy, and such actions are now urgently needed.

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Time to shut down secret donation clubs - North Sydney, Warringah and Wentworth Forum

Lee Rhiannon 8 May 2014

Commenting on Professor Ian Harper's decision to pull out from speaking at the North Sydney Forum Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"If Mr Abbott is serious about cleaning up the dirty politics of the NSW Liberals, he should shut down his party's secret fundraising bodies - North Sydney, Warringah and Wentworth Forum.

"The North Sydney, Warringah and Wentworth Forums effectively sell access to the three of the most powerful politicians in Australia.

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