Ban all corporate donations to Queensland politics
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On 5 October 2017, the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission handed down its 'Belcarra' report into reforming local government in Queensland.
A key recommendation of this report is recommendation 20, 'that the Local Government Electoral Act, the Local Government Act and the City of Brisbane Act be amended to prohibit candidates, groups of candidates, third parties, political parties, associated entities and councillors from receiving gifts from property developers'.
The recommendation goes into more detail, and sits alongside a raft of other recommendations aimed at limiting corruption and undue influence on Queensland's local government system and its decision making processes.
The Palaszczuk Government accepted this recommendation, and others. Premier Palaszczuk also committed to banning corporate donations from property developers to state political parties.
In the last decade, Queensland Labor has taken over $14 million dollars from property developers; the LNP has taken over $22 million.
This ban is a welcome step, however it does not go far enough.
Queensland Labor and the LNP have also accepted donations from Adani or its lobbyists, they've accepted money from casino developers, from businesses seeking exemptions to regulation, from businesses who benefit from the absence of regulation.
They host cash-for-access meetings, and charge the big bucks.
When it comes to representation in the Parliament, apparently some are more equal than others.
This petition calls on Queensland Parliament, Queensland Labor and the LNP to ban all corporate donations to political parties, to remove the undue influence on Government decision making, fight corruption and return to representing the PEOPLE of Queensland, not vested interests.
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