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Greens dissenting report into JSCEM foreign donations report

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 10 Mar 2017
The Australian Greens have issued a dissenting report into the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ Second interim report on the inquiry in the conduct of the 2016 federal election: Foreign Donations. 

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Electoral funding reform is long overdue and the Greens have insisted for a very long time that any reforms need to be far-reaching if they are to count. 

“We welcome the ban on political parties and their associated entities from accepting overseas donations.

“But we are deeply concerned that a blanket ban on donations for community groups, who are not political parties or associated entities of political parties, would curtail the important and valid role they play in society.

“Unfortunately the Liberal-National government has taken a highly partisan approach to this report. Their proposals would limit and disadvantage many activist and community groups while not capturing entities such as the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). The MCA is mostly funded by large membership fees, not technically donations, from companies that are completely or largely foreign owned.

“A sensible reform would be applying restrictions on overseas donations to non-government organisations and other third parties once the writs for the election are issued.

“The Greens have long advocated for far-reaching electoral funding reforms. 

“We will continue to call for strict caps or bans on donations and expenditure, including from domestic sources. The priority should be banning political donations from for profit corporations,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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