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Turnbull pathetic response on fighting corruption – another leadership failure

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jan 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 17 January 2018

Turnbull pathetic response on fighting corruption – another leadership failure

The Prime Minister’s statement that he is not yet fully persuaded on the need for a national corruption watchdog demonstrates Turnbull’s woeful lack of leadership on the critical issue of restoring people’s confidence in our democratic processes and public institutions, the Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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MP false allowance claim - call for new Nationals deputy leader to repay public money

Lee Rhiannon 18 Dec 2017

Senator McKenzie should be required to repay $2279.67 she falsely claimed to attend a shooting awards event, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Special Minister of State and the Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann should immediately direct the Deputy Leader of the Nationals to repay the money in full,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Senator McKenzie has broken the rules. She stated she could claim the money in her capacity as Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Shooting. However, this is incorrect. 

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Lee Rhiannon calls on the University of Wollongong to restore student democracy

Lee Rhiannon calls on the University of Wollongong to restore student democracy

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the decision of senior management at the University of Wollongong to replace a democratically elected student president and is calling on Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings to restore student democracy after the overturning of results of the recent Wollongong Undergraduate Students’ Association (WUSA) election.

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Foreign donations ban: government admits big money corrupts

Lee Rhiannon 6 Dec 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 6 December 2017

Foreign donations ban- government admits big money corrupts

Commenting on the government’s bill to ban political donations from foreign entities, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Rhiannon says that the logic should be extended to donations from domestic sources and the Greens will move amendments to that effect.

“With this bill, the Turnbull government has admitted that big money corrupts politics,” said Senator Rhiannon.

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Liberal-National and Labor parties – not the same but both have an appalling record

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

The responsibility for the growing inequality and most of the serious environmental problems Australia faces can be attributed to the major political parties – the Liberal, National and Labor parties.

These three parties over the past century, in league with the corporate world and big media, have played a key role in the degradation of our natural environments on a massive scale. From relentless logging, industrial pollution, ever-increasing carbon emissions and traffic madness, the list of environmental catastrophes and crises that they have facilitated is very long.

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If a federal election results in a hung parliament, how should the Greens respond?

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2017

While elections usually result in a hung Senate, with neither Labor nor the Coalition having a majority, this outcome occurs only occasionally in the House of Representatives where government is formed. 

The last time this happened was in 2010 when Labor under Julia Gillard formed government by relying on support from the sole Green MP Adam Bandt and lower house Independents. Prior to that there had not been a hung House of Representatives election result since the second World War.

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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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