The Greens are calling for developer donations to be banned in all local council elections following more reports on corruption cases arising from the property industry buying influence through political donations.
“State and federal political leaders should back a ban on developer donations at local council elections to help restore public confidence in this level of government,” Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“It’s pathetic that after all the scandals, scams and dodgy deals developer donations are still legal everywhere except NSW.
“It’s time Prime Minister Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten found their backbone and backed far reaching political donation reforms.
“The latest report on the corrupting influence some property companies have on local government highlights the urgent need for a nationwide ban on developer donations to parties and candidates
“A number of councils in Queensland and Victoria have been under investigation.
“NSW has led the way with a ban on developer donations introduced at the end of 2009.
“The Greens introduced the first bill to ban developer donations into the NSW Upper House in 2003. The Labor government adopted that change six years later after a massive campaign by the Greens and community groups and a string of developer donation related scandals.
“The Victorian Ombudsman has found that donations from property companies create a perception that MPs can be brought and recommended changes to the law.
“Turnbull and Shorten have no excuse for failing to ban developer donations. The High Court decision in the McCloy case confirmed that all political donations can be capped and developer donations banned outright,” Senator Rhiannon said.