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How many political donation scandals will it take before major parties back reform?

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Lee Rhiannon 27 Jul 2015

27 July 2015

How many political donation scandals will it take before major parties back reform?

Responding to the latest political donation scandal Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott and opposition leader Bill Shorten to back electoral funding reform before the next election.

“Today’s report that Clubs NSW donated $20,000 to a Liberal funding raising organisation linked to the Minister responsible for the government’s policy on poker machines again puts the spot light on the need for reform,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Political donation scandals will continue to dog the major parties if reforms are not introduced.

“Considering there could be an early election it is vital that reforming legislation should be introduced when parliament returns in August.  

“The Greens and many commentators have put forward electoral funding reform proposals over the past decade but they have been side lined by the major parties.

"We are calling for tight caps on private political donations, strict limits on election expenditure and continuous disclosure of all donations over $1000.

“No one knows if any deals are done by political parties receiving donations but the current regime certainly undermines public confidence in our democratic institutions.

"We need action, not just commentary every time a scandal is exposed.

"The Greens bill currently before the Senate if passed would ban political donations from developers, tobacco, alcohol, gambling and mining industries,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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