Turnbull blocking political donations transparency

Turnbull’s extraordinary attack on Queensland’s political donation thresholds proves the Liberals will do anything to avoid improved transparency in Australia’s democratic processes.

SENATOR DON FARRELL

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT

MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

 

TURNBULL BLOCKING POLITICAL DONATIONS TRANSPARENCY

 

Turnbull’s extraordinary attack on Queensland’s political donation thresholds proves the Liberals will do anything to avoid improved transparency in Australia’s democratic processes.

 

It is outrageous that the Prime Minister would have the Attorney General interfere in Queensland electoral law, using taxpayer money, just so they can continue to hide the identity of their dodgy donor mates.

 

When it comes to donation reform, Labor has always been the party of action.

 

The Hawke Labor Government set a political donation disclosure threshold of $1500 and introduced public funding, reducing political parties’ reliance on donations.

 

The Howard Coalition Government undid that good work when it raised the threshold to $10,000 in 2006 and indexed it to the Consumer Price Index, which has since seen the threshold blow out to $13,500.

 

Labor is proud to have continually fought for improved transparency and greater accountability.

 

We took a policy of significant donation reform to the last election and, in 2016 introduced legislation in the Parliament to deliver our plan, which will:

 

  • Require all donations over $1000 to be disclosed;
  • Ban foreign donations;
  • Ban donation splitting;
  • Ban anonymous donations above $50;
  • Link public funding to campaign expenditure;
  • Introduce new offences and increase penalties for breaches;
  • Support real time disclosure.

WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 2018