Overrule ‘devious’ cash ban, says LNP senator
Queensland’s “devious” political donations legislation banning property developer donations is likely to damage the federal government’s chances in the battleground state at the next election and needs to be overruled, LNP senator James McGrath says.
The comments come as Scott Morrison wrapped up his tour of the state, where the LNP needs to defend eight marginal electorates.
Federal parliament is set to discuss new legislation banning foreign donations to political parties in the next few sitting weeks.
The Coalition wants to include clauses giving federal political funding regulations primacy over state laws.
The Queensland Labor government has introduced changes to ban donations from property developers, with the electoral commissioner being responsible for defining who should be blacklisted.
In calling for the clauses to be included in the political donation laws, Senator McGrath said the state laws could get in the way of a Coalition victory. “The Queensland legislation is a devious piece of work from Labor HQ which is deliberately aimed at damaging the LNP,” Senator McGrath told The Australian.
“I guess it has come out of Queensland that state Labor have brought in a law that is offensive on so many levels in terms of how it impacts upon the Liberal National Party and the Liberal National Party’s ability to campaign in federal elections.”
He said the laws “clearly” impacted on the Queensland election. “We don’t see laws from Labor limiting donations from unions when a number of union officials have gone to jail for everything from thuggery to good old corruption.
“We don’t see laws aimed at those law breakers but we see laws aimed at developers who are engaged in a legal pursuit.
“The real story here is how Labor is using the electoral system in Queensland in a manner that is far worse than anything in previous Queensland history, whether it is the ban on developer donations in terms of impacting the LNP. Even our president of our party can’t actually give money to the party he’s president of.”