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My reply to Michael Gordon's article in the Sydney Morning Herald

Lee Rhiannon 10 Sep 2014

The case for a national corruption watchdog has been further strengthened with this week’s NSW ICAC hearings. 

While Michael Gordon is correct that there is no evidence that the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Peta Credlin (“And now, the political mystery that went … exactly nowhere”, SMH 9 September 2014) broke the law, the key issue is that senior federal Liberals  are implicated in the funnelling of money from donors banned in NSW back to their NSW branch.

The emails released by ICAC also provide further evidence that big corporate donors are given favourable treatment at state and federal levels of government.

While this is not illegal in the federal sphere, such actions undermine the public’s faith in our democratic institutions, and emphasise the need to ban corporate political donations.

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