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Greens announce new Senate portfolios

The Australian Greens today announced portfolio allocations for their Senators and MPs ahead of the upcoming Federal Election.

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale said a reallocation had occurred as a result of Mehreen Faruqi’s arrival in the Senate yesterday and Larissa Water’s imminent return.

“We’ve got to hold the big parties to account – and the Australian Greens Senate team will fight for the causes that matter to our community,” Dr Di Natale said.

“This new allocation of portfolios will make the most of each of our Senator’s strengths and passions."

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


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’.

“Revelations this week about mega-donations from mining companies show our democracy is again for sale.

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Newman Government sells out on democracy

The Australian Greens today condemned the Queensland LNP-chaired Parliamentary Review Committee’s tick and flick of the Newman Government’s scrapping of donation caps for political parties.

“The Newman Government and its review committee are manipulating the voting system to let big money run wild and to silence smaller parties,” Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters said.

“Premier Newman is already a puppet for big business and mining magnates and now he’s completely selling out.

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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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