Re­view laws: Nats

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Nick Evans

The WA Na­tion­als have called for a sweep­ing re­view of elec­toral laws to pre­vent a re­peat of the min­ing lobby’s $4.3 mil­lion State elec­tion spend­ing, ar­gu­ing cor­po­rate pres­sure is the big­gest threat to good public pol­icy.

Still an­gry at the Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy’s in­ter­ven­tion in the March State elec­tion, the Na­tion­als want re­stric­tions on spend­ing by big busi­ness and an over­haul of do­na­tion and dis­clo­sure rules.

The CME spent $4.3 mil­lion op­pos­ing the Na­tion­als’ plan for a $5-a-tonne levy on iron ore ex­ports in the lead-up to the elec­tion, help­ing un­seat thenNa­tion­als leader Bren­don Grylls. It spent al­most as much on its cam­paign as WA La­bor ($4.6 mil­lion) and the Lib­eral Party ($4.9 mil­lion), and out­spent the Na­tion­als by about about six to one.

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