Democracy & Local Government
Lee is the Australian Greens spokesperson on Democracy. The Greens are committed to reforms that give people more of a say in how Australian government works and introduces proportional representation. The Greens are campaigning to remove the corrupting influence of donations from Australian politics and to strengthen the democratic values of our voting system.
The Greens are committed to ensuring that those marginalised and with little power have their voice heard and can genuinely participate in the political process. We are working to tighten the federal lobbyist code of conduct which is weak and lags behind other countries.
21 Jan 2012
The Australian Greens said today claims that the deadline for a referendum on constitutional recognition had shifted were misleading.
"The Expert Panel did not set a timeline for holding a referendum but neither did they recommend a delay," said Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues, and a Panel member.
"We should build on the momentum generated by the Expert Panel process and develop a timeline for a referendum.
"The national discussion has started and needs to keep going with a view to holding a referendum either in the first half of 2013 or with the election.
"This is an important opportunity for the development of our nation and we mustn't waste it," Senator Siewert said.
You can link here to the Greens-Labor agreement signed on 1 September 2010.
06 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.
Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas.
Joint Press Conference - Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, and Greens health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert – in Canberra today
11 Feb 2011
Senator Bob Brown and Senator Rachel Siewert urge state and federal leaders to boost mental health services and work towards a national, universal public dental care scheme.
Senator Brown also vows to take on Rio Tinto, whose profit bonanza will benefit its more than 70-percent foreign shareholders, and other heavyweights as companies prepare to fight efforts to develop an alternative to coal and the Greens’ push to put an effective price on carbon.
He also expressed his concern about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s intransigence and any move to give greater powers to General Omar Suleiman who has a reputation as a torturer and murderer.
07 Dec 2010
The Australian Greens are recommending the development of a national standard for redress schemes for those adversely affected by past government policies and practices.
15 Nov 2010
The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion for the Community Affairs Reference Committee to examine the Commonwealth Government’s role in forced adoption polices from the late 1940s to the 1980s.
28 Oct 2010
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (10.55 am)—I move:
That the Senate—
(a) recognises the grief and anguish suffered by thousands of mothers who were victims of the forced adoption policies of the recent past;
26 Oct 2010
Read about the work Senator Siewert is doing during the current Parliamentary sitting.
13 Sep 2010
The Greens are extremely concerned by revelations that international tobacco companies spent $5 million on advertising during the recent federal election.
01 Sep 2010
A referendum on the recognition of Australia's first nations in the Australian Constitution will happen within the next three years or at the next federal election if the ALP forms Government – thanks to an agreement negotiated by the Australian Greens.