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Motion: Donations to Political Parties

Lee Rhiannon 19 Mar 2015

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (11:23): I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the New South Wales Labor Party recently received a political donation from coal seam gas company Santos Ltd,
(ii) the New South Wales Labor Party subsequent to taking the donation, returned $2 200 to Santos Ltd acknowledging this money would cause community doubt that Labor was committed to a coal seam gas free north coast,
(iii) in the recent New South Wales leaders' debate the Labor leader, Mr Luke Foley, failed to rule out coal seam gas development if Labor formed government with his statement that there is a role for gas in the state's energy future, and
(iv) the Federal Labor Party received more than $90 000 from Santos Ltd in the 2012 13 and 2013 14 financial years; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) ban political donations from mining and coal seam gas companies, and
(ii) end coal seam gas and coal mining on agricultural land and associated water resources.

Question negatived.

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