A national campaign by Climate Change campaign group 350.0rg to encourage federal politicians to sign on to a ‘pollution free politics’ pledge has found an eager supporter in Greens candidate for the seat of Page Ms Kudra Falla-Ricketts.
Ms Falla-Ricketts today signed the pledge, accompanied by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon who is in Lismore for the event.
“As a young person concerned about climate change and political corruption, I see it as vitally important to end the practice of big fossil fuel companies gaining influence over Australian political parties through big campaign donations. “
“I call on the other candidates in Page to also sign the pledge to indicate their intention to oppose fossil fuel donations to their own parties and to work toward an end to the practice.”
“Our community fought hard against successive governments trying to impose a gas industry here and it is important to have confidence that political parties are not in the pocket of the big mining companies. So far only the Greens can proudly say that we are free of donations from the mining industry.”
Senator Rhiannon has a Donations Reform Bill before federal parliament that would ban political donations from big mining, tobacco, alcohol and property development companies.
"The Greens want to see a major overhaul of political donations before the coming election," Senator Rhiannon said.
"Labor, the Liberals and the Nationals have collectively taken $3.7 million from fossil fuel companies in the past 3 years. Effectively, for every dollar donated by the fossil fuel sector to political parties these industries receive about $2000 in subsidies for their industry.
Findings from successive ICAC investigations in NSW have revealed the potential for corruption where parties are financed by the industries they are supposed to be regulating. Coal and oil industries have been prominent problem areas for corruption in recent years both in Australia and globally.
Ms Falla-Ricketts said: "The community in Page electorate deserve to have the confidence that candidates are not using money from fossil fuel companies to fund their campaigns.