Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports that Senator Sam Dastyari’s Register of Interests reveals that a private education provider donated money to cover costs when the Senator exceeded his publicly funded travel allowance.
“For an overseas donor like Top Education Institute, a private education provider based in Sydney, to be giving money to a Senator to cover his travel costs is questionable behaviour.
“Outside organisations should not be helping to pay for the work that politicians and political parties undertake.
“The Dastyari deal that effectively involves a political donor subsidising the work of a politician further highlights the weak laws that cover donations.
“Mr Wayne Swan was right to question the influence of overseas donations on political decision making recently.
“This week the spotlight has been on overseas property developers and the possible buying of political favours by donating generously to the major parties.
“Those parties and politicians do a disservice to our democracy when they accept those donations and cultivate such questionable relationships.