The Greens have welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party. Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Bill will end the era of back room party preference deals.
NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has voiced her concern about the impact the loss of penalty rates will have on living standards, and has called on Liberal MPs to publicly oppose the push to remove penalty rates and change the minimum wage. She says, “Penalty rates are an essential work right that compensate people for working unsociable hours when most people have time off”.
It’s been going on for nearly a week now, spawning innumerable memes and much public discussion, and it even has its own name: choppergate. When Bronwyn Bishop used taxpayer money to charter that top-of-the-line helicopter for transport, you have to wonder if she realised the public outcry that would follow. I spoke to Greens senator and democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon about the Greens stance on this, as well as their recommendations for resolving it.