Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said 2012-13 electoral funding data released by the Australian Electoral Commission reveals that political donations in the year before the 2013 federal election hit a record $30 million with Labor and the Coalition parties sharing the bulk of that money coming in with over $13 million each.
The Australian Greens have completed preliminary analysis of new data released by the Australian Electoral Commission for 2012/2013.
This data does not include all the election donations. The bulk of donations made for the 2013 federal election will have been received between 1 July 2013 and election day 7 September 2013 and will not be publicly released until 1 February 2015.
“It is outrageous that the public will not know how much money people like Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer spent on election campaigning until February 2015,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“The new AEC data shows a damaging donations culture continues, with $27.37 million dollars flowing to the federal divisions of Labor and Coalition parties in the last financial year.
In public submissions to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into greyhound racing, vets, their nurses and students have revealed their distress at dealing with the massive number of racing dogs that are discarded for euthanasia because they cannot run fast enough, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
('Destruction of greyhounds distresses vet students', Sun Herald 2 February, page 17, http://j.mp/sh140202)
Vets, students and nurses have raised concerns that the overwhelming number of dog cadavers in university teaching laboratories are greyhounds and healthy dogs that are being surrendered for euthanasia.
A behind-closed-doors inquiry into the suitability of the proposed licence holder for the Baranagroo casino will feed concerns of increased money laundering and the growth of organised crime, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
('New Crown casino inquiry will sit behind closed doors', Sydney Morning Herald, 1 February, page 5, http://j.mp/smh140201)
Dr Kaye said: "Casinos in Asia and North America have been directly associated with corruption of public officials, money laundering and organised crime.
"NSW has a poor track record on all counts and is set to be exposed to yet more corruption pressures.
"The community has a substantial and valid interest in ensuring that any casino operators and their close associates have blemish-free track records.
"There can be little confidence in any outcome that is conducted behind closed doors.
The NSW Parliament this afternoon passed the O'Farrell government's alcohol licensing and mandatory sentencing laws that will make Sydney's streets less safe and the state less just, according to the Greens NSW.
Greens NSW MP and Hospitality spokesperson John Kaye said: "Instead of taking on the preventative measures that would have cut violence and given parents genuine reason to feel their children were safer, the O'Farrell jumped at the knee-jerk responses that will be much worse than ineffective.
"The 3 am last drinks measure is based on a dubious evidence base. It will be applied in Sydney in a way that will put pressure on the precincts that surround the CBD and Kings Cross.
"With Labor's help, the Coalition ducked the much harder but more important issues of dangerous promotions, outlet density and responsible service of alcohol.
Greens NSW Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has joined other Greens NSW and Independent MPs, community leaders, and members of the public, outside Parliament today to protest the O’Farrell Government’s lock-out and mandatory sentencing laws, and to propose effective alternatives.
She commented: “While the O’Farrell Government has been hastily drafting punitive, expensive, and ineffective laws to manage alcohol related issues, they have completely overlooked measures that will actually work.
“We have evidence from across the world that providing convenient late night transport is a key factor in preventing violence and injury, as well as providing people enjoying nightlife a safe passage home.