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PM’s office did not take advice on Macfarlane appointment - Ministerial Standards trashed

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has confirmed in Senate estimates today that the Prime Minister’s office did not ask for advice on former minister Ian Macfarlane’s appointment as CEO of the Queensland Resources Council.

Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens democracy spokesperson, has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to disclose the involvement of his office in the Macfarlane appointment.

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Macfarlane’s new job at Queensland Resources Council is revolving door in action

Lee Rhiannon 26 Sep 2016

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens mining and resources spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters have commented on Ian Macfarlane’s appointment to the Queensland Resources Council. 

Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The revolving door between the political class and the mining and resources sector causes deep cynicism about MPs and democratic institutions.

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Debate on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014

Senator RHIANNON

I am pleased to resume my contribution to the debate on the Greens' Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donations Reform) Bill 2014.

If passed, this bill would stop certain industries, often linked with having a corrupting influence on the political process, from donating to political parties. The Greens' donations reform bill bans political donations from developers and the tobacco, alcohol, gambling and mining industries.

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Greens launch plan to clean up politics in Queensland

 

The Greens today launched a comprehensive plan to restore integrity in government in Queensland.

Australian Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters, said:

“Political donations, secrecy and cronyism have poisoned Queensland’s democracy.

“The Newman Government has left Queenslanders shaking their heads in disbelief and thinking ‘here we Joh again’.

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Greens urge young Queenslanders to get on a roll to enrol

The Australian Greens today urged young Queenslanders to enrol to vote before the Australian Electoral Commission deadline on Monday at 8 pm to make sure their voices are heard on Election Day.

"Almost one in three young Queenslanders could miss out on having their voice heard this election, with 29 per cent of 18 to 25 year olds in the state unenrolled. That's the highest percentage for any state across the country," Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters, said near the QUT city campus today where she joined Greens candidates reminding students of the Monday deadline.

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