Liberals prove yet again why political donation reform is needed

Tasmanian Labor
  • Liberals accept $75,000 from private company
  • Will Hodgman still yet to reform donation laws
  • Tasmanians deserve to know who is funding their elections
  • The Hodgman Government has again proven why Tasmania’s political donation laws are too weak and just not working, by choosing not to declare $75,000 in donations from a private hospital operator.

    Shadow Attorney General, Ella Haddad, said the Hodgman Government’s failure to take action on political donation reform confirms the Liberals are committed to secrecy.

    “Tasmania has the weakest political donation disclosure laws in the country and Will Hodgman promised to reform the laws immediately after the last state election – yet nearly two years later and there’s still been no change,” Ms Haddad said.

    “The Government says it plans to release a report by the end of the year. Unless that report makes bold changes to clean up these laws, then it simply won’t be good enough.

    “I was shocked as a first time candidate that donations to individual politicians don’t have to be declared at all. It’s simply not good enough.

    “And donations to parties only have to be declared if they are over $13500. That’s far too high.

    “That’s why Labor’s position is clear. We would immediately overhaul the laws to ensure any donation over $1000 to a political party OR individual politician is declared immediately – with 14 day rolling open disclosures”.

    “At a time when public confidence in politics is at its lowest, we have the right to demand more honesty, more openness from our government.”

    “If Will Hodgman is as committed to this as he says he is, he’ll support Labor’s policy and make this change now.”

    Ella Haddad MP

    Shadow Attorney General

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