Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on news that Family First Senator Bob Day’s national home building empire has gone into liquidation.
“The Bob Day saga of political donations and a collapsed building empire is another reminder of the need for far reaching electoral funding reform,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“While Bob Day’s building empire Home Australia was leaving many, many people in financial stress, Bob Day was pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into his own party’s coffers.
"Since 2009 Bob Day and his company have made just under $2 million in payments to Family First.
"Weak disclosure laws and accounting irregularities in Family First's records make it difficult to tell how much was donated or loaned, but over $275,000 in loans appears to have gone missing"
“The people who had been left high and dry by his building company were forced to watch as Senator Day bankrolled his own political career. You can see why the public cynicism and contempt runs deep.
“It is reminiscent of the Clive Palmer Nickel scandal, when Queensland Nickel donated millions to the Palmer United Party before sacking over two hundred workers at Yabulu.
“Back in June the Greens conducted research which found that there were significant irregularities in the disclosure of donations and loans made by Bob Day and his private company. There are still many outstanding questions around those discrepancies.
“The Greens want to see strict caps on political donations from individuals.