The circumstances surrounding the Prime Minister’s record-breaking $1.75 million donation to the Liberal Party suggest Mr Turnbull was attempting to avoid scrutiny, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says.
“Considering the Liberal Party knew during the 2016 federal election campaign that they could rely on a hefty donation from the PM, why did Mr Turnbull choose to push his disclosure into the first days of July?” Senator Rhiannon has asked.
“He would have known that his $1.75 million donation would not be publicly disclosed until 19 months after his re-election on 1 February 2018.
“Earlier in the day the PM had said he backed the public release of information about donations in ‘close to real time as possible’. Of course that claim now exposes him as a hypocrite.
“But the PM has only strengthened the case for both transparency and substantial caps on donations and election expenditure. If the Coalition and the Labor party cannot see the value in imposing caps and restrictions on political donations and election expenditure then they are not paying attention.
“What the PM has helped to buy himself is a cowardly government that is ruling for the rich,” Senator Rhiannon said.