The Minority Gutwein Government looks set to again break its promise by refusing to commit to bring urgently required political donation law reform before the State Parliament.
Shadow Attorney-General Ella Haddad said it was clear today that the government had no intention of fixing Tasmania’s broken electoral donation laws, despite releasing its report last year with much typical fanfare.
“This was a report that had been kept hidden for more than six months and then was released with bells and whistles,” Ms Haddad said.
“At that time, the Premier told Tasmanians they would act on each of the report’s recommendations.
“But today in Question Time, the Premier would not provide a clear answer on whether the legislation would be debated in the House before the next Tasmanian election.
“The fact is Tasmania has the worst electoral donation laws in the country.
“And the liberal party secrecy around donations has to be cleared up.
“The Premier made it clear today he is unwilling to act and instead is willing to maintain their hallmark secrecy.
“Only Labor has a plan to fix these laws and only a Labor Government will repair these broken laws once and for all.
“Labor’s plan will include caps on spending for all candidates and all parties, the public disclosure of all donations to candidates and parties valued at over $1,000 and a ban on anonymous and foreign donations.”
Ella Haddad MP
Shadow Attorney General