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.

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Greens reflect on need to update Constitution, 113 years on

09 Jul 2013

The Australian Greens said that as we mark 113 years of the Australian Constitution today it is important to acknowledge the need to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Local Government are finally recognised in our Constitution.

 

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2013 an achievable and necessary target for constitutional recognition

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.
 

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.


 

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

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. 

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. 

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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.

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.

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Greens call for national redress scheme

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.

The Australian Greens are recommending the development of a national standard for redress schemes for those adversely affected by past government policies and practices.

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Senate backs Greens call for forced adoption inquiry

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.

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.

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National Apology for Victims of Forced Adoption Policies

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;

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;

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Daily Senate Update

26 Oct 2010

Read about the work Senator Siewert is doing during the current Parliamentary sitting.

Read about the work Senator Siewert is doing during the current Parliamentary sitting.

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How can International tobacco try to buy an Australian Election?

13 Sep 2010

The Greens are extremely concerned by revelations that international tobacco companies spent $5 million on advertising during the recent federal election.

The Greens are extremely concerned by revelations that international tobacco companies spent $5 million on advertising during the recent federal election.

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Greens secure ALP agreement on Indigenous constitutional recognition

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.

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.

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