Senate passes Green/Xenophon/Labor motion on political donations reform

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 | Lee Rhiannon

The Senate has passed a motion calling for a ban on overseas political donations. The motion was co-sponsored by the Greens, Xenophon Team and Labor.

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Senate motion calling for a ban on overseas donations reflects the community’s appetite for donations reform.

“Turnbull and Shorten should publicly declare their position on overseas donations in the wake of this Senate motion.

“Political donations reform has been a longstanding policy for the Greens.

“The spotlight this week is on overseas-linked donors cultivating close relationships with senior politicians, but we should also remind ourselves that political donations made here at home can have an equally corrupting influence on our democracy.

“If both major parties are keen to regain the confidence and support of the public then they should start here, and join us in advocating for reforms which would help to clean up our democracy.

“The Coalition and the Labor party will continue to be dogged by scandal after scandal if they do not end the race to the bottom on political donations, and seriously reconsider how they view politics. This is a good first step from the Labor party.

“The Greens want to see national uniform political donations laws including bans and caps on political donations, limits on election expenditure and greater transparency measures including real time disclosure.

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