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Senate supports Greens motion change to opening prayers

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 27 June 2018

Senate supports Greens motion change to opening prayers

Today the Senate has supported a Greens motion requiring the Senate Procedure Committee to set up an inquiry into changing the Senate opening from a Christian prayer to an inclusive statement.

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens spokesperson for Democracy moved the motion to make the Senate more respectful of our nation’s diverse and multicultural population.

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Motion: Promoting a secular Parliament

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2018

Notice of Motion - Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales)

I give notice that I will move:

  1. That the following proposed amendments to standing order 50 be referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report by 22 August 2018:

(a) in the first paragraph, omit all words after "following", substitute "invitation to prayer or reflection: Senators, let us in silence pray or reflect upon our responsibilities to all people of Australia and to future generations";and

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Greens back Red Line Principles - pathway for political donation reform

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2018

The Australian Greens have announced their backing for the Red Line Principles drawn up by the ‘Hands Off Our Charities’ alliance. These principles provide guidance on the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017. 

“The Greens welcome the Red Line Principles as they clearly set out practical measures to resolve the impasse over legislation that goes to the heart of how democracy works," said Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Joyce support for Rinehart pet project another example of why we need national anti-corruption watchdog: Greens

Lee Rhiannon 6 Jun 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - June 4 2018

Joyce support for Rinehart pet project another example of why we need national anti-corruption watchdog: Greens

Reports that as Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce lobbied the Prime Minister and oversaw his Department donating $60,000 of public money for Gina Rinehart’s pet project just months before receiving a $40,000 personal cheque from Mrs Rinehart shows the need for a national anti-corruption watchdog to investigate, says Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Parliamentary Report puts Turnbull Government on back foot over attempt to curtail civil society

Lee Rhiannon 11 Apr 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 9 April 2018

Parliamentary Report puts Turnbull Government on back foot over attempt to curtail civil society 

The Australian Greens have congratulated charities and non-government groups for their broad based campaign that has successfully pushed the Turnbull government onto the back foot with their attempt to limit community campaigning and advocacy.

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More proof Govt electoral funding Bill is a dud - Abbott’s success with donations for Liberals would still be legal

Lee Rhiannon 1 Mar 2018

Today’s report that former PM Tony Abbott successfully solicited political donations from property developer Huang Xiangmo is further proof that the Turnbull Government’s electoral funding Bill currently before parliament will not end the corrupting influence of big money.

The Greens are stepping up their campaign to have the Bill withdrawn and new legislation agreed to that introduces strict caps on all political donations to political parties irrespective of their source.

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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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