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Motion: Discrimination based on Work and Descent

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:45): I, and also on behalf of Senator Moore, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) over 260 million people across the globe, including around 210 million Dalits in South Asia, face Discrimination based on Work and Descent including caste and untouchability (DWD),

   (ii) as well as South Asia, significant communities also live in Japan (Burakumin), Africa, Latin America (Quilombo) and Europe (Romani),

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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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Prayers in Parliament – how we can be inclusive of all faiths

Lee Rhiannon 27 Jun 2018

 

Prayers in Parliament – how we can be inclusive of all faiths

Dear Senators,

We, the undersigned faith leaders for a range of religions and beliefs, have decided to collectively write to you and all Australian Senators to request that you give careful consideration to how the work of your institution, the Senate, can be more representative of  Australian society in the 21st century.

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Caps on donations and greater transparency key to saving our democracy from big business influence: Senate Inquiry

The Australian Greens today called upon Labor and the Liberals to back reforms to cap political donations and increase transparency to help restore the public’s faith in our democracy, following the release of a blockbuster report into the influence of these donations in Australia.

Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale, who served as Chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Political Influence of Donations, said the report threw open a curtain on the sordid underbelly of influence peddling in Canberra.

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Chau Chak Wing not touched by Turnbull govt’s electoral funding ‘reform’

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2018

Responding to the latest political funding scandal that links a major donor to the Coalition and Labor with international bribery allegations, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon called for real donations reforms to be in place before the next election, including caps on donations from domestic sources.

Billionaire Chau Chak Wing, a generous donor to the Liberal and Labor parties, has been alleged to be an unindicted co-conspirator in an FBI bribery case. 

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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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