The government must not take a cent more in foreign donations - Media Release

SENATOR DON FARRELL

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT

ANDREW LEIGH MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

MEMBER FOR FENNER

THE GOVERNMENT MUST NOT TAKE A CENT MORE IN FOREIGN DONATIONS

With the passage of the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill, foreign money will finally be out of Australian politics.

Prime Minister Morrison must now immediately instruct Liberal and National party officials to stop accepting foreign money.

Not a cent more.

There must be no delay, it can and must be done today.

Labor voluntarily chose to refuse foreign donations long ago.

The Liberals and Nationals continued to accept foreign money for two whole years, as they progressed political donation reform at a snail’s pace.

Despite taking two years to reach this stage the government has fumbled this reform at every step, introducing legislation that also hit charities, not-for-profits, advocacy groups, and churches.

The Liberals and Nationals delayed action, tried to hijack the real issue and use it to silence their critics, and all the while continuing to accept foreign donations.

Now the foreign funds must finally stop.

Labor is proud to have continually fought for improved transparency and greater accountability in Australia’s political donations system.

We took a clear donation policy to the last election and, guided by our commitments, we will continue to push further reform.

Labor recognises the need to improve transparency in the political system and will continue to consult widely to establish a real time disclosure regime and move to reduce the donation disclosure threshold from $13,800 indexed to inflation to a fixed $1,000 as a priority.

ENDS

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.


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