Elec­toral do­na­tions take a hit

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

DE­VEL­OPER do­na­tions to politi­cians and par­ties will be banned in Queens­land ret­ro­spec­tively from yes­ter­day after the La­bor gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced laws that will af­fect the up­com­ing state elec­tion.

As well as prob­a­bly push­ing the pend­ing poll out to next year, the ban will cre­ate a mine­field for the Lib­eral National Party op­po­si­tion as La­bor has al­ready stopped re­ceiv­ing do­na­tions.

The do­na­tions ban was one of 31 rec­om­men­da­tions from the Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion’s re­port into cor­rup­tion at last year’s coun­cil elec­tions.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk in­tro­duced the bill to par­lia­ment yes­ter­day say­ing it built on her gov­ern­ment’s push to in­crease trans­parency.

“My gov­ern­ment has never wa­vered from the prin­ci­ple that elected of­fi­cials must meet the com­mu­nity’s rea­son­able and le­git­i­mate ex­pec­ta­tion of in­tegrity,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk also moved the bill go through the com­mit­tee process and re­turn to par­lia­ment by Novem­ber 27, which could see it voted in that sit­ting week.

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