Review laws: Nats
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.