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Motions: Donations to political parties

Lee Rhiannon 13 Apr 2018

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:49): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) in McCloy v New South Wales (2015), the High Court found that prohibiting political donations from a certain industry was permissible if the prohibition was proportionate to the risk of actual or perceived corruption,

   (ii) a 2016 report from, found that fossil fuel companies would receive $7.7 billion in rebates and credits for the 2016-17 financial year, had made $3.7 million in political donations since the preceding election, and that this equated to $2,000 in rebates and credits for every $1 donated, and

   (iii) in 2016-17, the Liberal, National and Labor parties received at least $477,111 from Woodside Energy, Santos, the Minerals Council of Australia, Whitehaven Coal and Adani Mining; and

(b) calls on the Government to prohibit political donations from mineral resources or mining industry business entities and their industry representative organisations.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Rhiannon be agreed to.


The Senate divided. [15:53] (The President—Senator Ryan)

Ayes ......................9
Noes ......................43


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