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Time to clean up politics

The Australian Greens are today calling on the Labor, Liberal and National parties to work with them to clean up politics. 

“Today I’m calling on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to commit to not accepting donations from fossil fuel companies during this election campaign,” said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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Voters will decide next election result

Lee Rhiannon 18 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens are proud to have reformed the Senate voting system to allow voters to choose their own preferences above the line, and not have to number every box below the line on their ballot papers.

"We have made history this afternoon. We have taken power away from back room operators and given it to voters," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Standing on the shoulders of Bob Brown and Christine Milne, and with the support of so many people around the country, we're proud to finally deliver this long overdue reform.

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Nash scandal: Greens call for lobbyist and ministerial code of conducts to be legislated

Lee Rhiannon 13 Feb 2014

Media Release
13 February 2014

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Rhiannon will propose legislation to enshrine the ministerial code of conduct and lobbyist code of conduct in law in response to the latest scandal involving Senator Nash and her staff.

Senator Rhiannon said: "There is an urgent need for transparency of MPs interactions with lobbyists. This incident with Senator Nash and her Chief of Staff is just one of many examples.

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Political donations data out: political donations up by 120 per cent

Lee Rhiannon 3 Feb 2014

3 February 2014

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said 2012-13 electoral funding data released today by the Australian Electoral Commission today reveals that political donations in the year before the 2013 federal election hit a record $30 million with Labor and the Coalition parties sharing the bulk of that money coming in with over $13 million each.

The Australian Greens have completed preliminary analysis of new data released today by the Australian Electoral Commission for 2012/2013.

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Palmer United MOU underscores need for Senate voting reform

Lee Rhiannon 30 Dec 2013

30 December 2013

Palmer United MOU underscores need for Senate voting reform

The Australian Greens have called for reform of the Senate voting system after the release of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Palmer United Party and the Motoring Enthusiasts Party failed to clarify the relationship between the parties.

The Motoring Enthusiasts Party's Senator-elect, Ricky Muir, was elected despite polling only half a per cent of the primary vote in the 2013 federal election.

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Senate Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Committee (AEC)

Lee Rhiannon 2 Dec 2013

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
Australian Electoral Commission

Senator RHIANNON: There were more candidates and parties in this election. Does that mean that your staff were busier compared with previous elections in most aspects of their work, in addition to counting ballot papers? If your staff were busier, did you have adequate resources to manage this additional workload?

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Senate Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Australian Information Commissioner)

Lee Rhiannon 2 Dec 2013

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Senator RHIANNON: I was interested if staff numbers in any of the FOI units across government agencies have been reduced since the new government came in.

Prof. McMillan : Is that a question about the staff numbers across the Australian Public Service generally? 

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Old parties weaken FOI, protect MPs expenses

Lee Rhiannon 19 Jun 2013

Labor and Coalition MPs united in the Senate late last night to increase secrecy around MPs expenses and the workings of parliament by rejecting Greens' amendments and voting in favour of a bill to exempt parliament from the scrutiny of freedom of information (FOI).

The Parliamentary Service Amendment (FOI) Bill will shield the Senate, House of Representatives and Parliamentary Services Department from the FOI Act completely and retrospectively.

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