In the wake of the latest federal political donation scandal Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten to publicly commit to far reaching political donation reform.
“If the country’s political leaders do not stand up for political donation reform and set out a timetable for change then their parties, MPs and candidates will become embroiled in more scandals,” Senator Rhiannon warned.
“Political donations are a ticking time bomb for parties that can ruin closely managed careers.
“The inconsistencies from state to state, and between state and federal laws, undermine the whole electoral funding process, which is notoriously corruptible.
“Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten would be foolish to rely on their usual mantra that they will wait for the set political inquiry to determine their position. They need to publicly back reform now.
“While the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters can work on legislation details, government and opposition leaders need to be a strong voice for reform within a set timeframe.
“Reform within a year with the new laws in place before the end of 2017 is a reasonable timetable.
“The Greens’ long held policy is to lift disclosure standards so all donations over $1000 are revealed, and to bring in bans and caps on for profit corporate donations and limits on election expenditure.
“The Greens will put in a submission to the JSCEM inquiry into the 2016 election that will cover political donation reform.