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Time for Turnbull to lead on democracy - pass political donation reform before federal election

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 12 Oct 2015

The Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the decision of the NSW Premier Mike Baird to add his voice to the growing call for national uniform political donation reform.

"Now we have state premiers backing the call for political donation reform, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should ensure the changes are in place before the next federal election," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The High Court case handed down last week cleared the way for the quick passage of reforms.

"The Court rejected the argument that the NSW law banning developer donations law breached an implied freedom of communication in the constitution.

"The Greens will be pushing for top order reforms including a ban on donations from certain for profit organisations, strict caps on election expenditure, limits on individual donations, and real time disclosure.

"NSW has led the country in political donation reform. However, the effectiveness of those reforms has been limited because unscrupulous operators used the weaker federal laws to sidestep the NSW restrictions.

"Now is the time to act. The Prime Minister must show leadership on this issue critical to the health of our democracy," said Senator Rhiannon.

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