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Greens call for public funding of elections and ban on corporate donations

Media Release
Bob Brown 2 Feb 2009

Greens call for public funding of elections and ban on corporate donations

Gunns Limited donates $64,750 to the Liberal Party before election

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says corporate funding of political parties is corrupting and should be replaced, as in Canada, by public funding.

"The Gunns Ltd donations tallying $64,750* to the Liberal Party in 2007 underscore the problem, as pro-pulpmill Liberals in Bass and Braddon faced defeat by the Liberal voters defecting from the Howard government to the Greens," Senator Brown said.

Gunns also donated $1,986.30 to the Tasmanian Labor Party.

Senator Brown said the Greens call came despite rapid growth of private donations to the Greens themselves.

"With climate change, deforestation and extinction of species directly related to political decisions of the old parties, this trend will accelerate," Senator Brown said.

"As a matter of democratic principle, elections should give voters fair access to all parties' policies and public funding is the most even-handed way to ensure this outcome," Senator Brown said
*An earlier press release referred to Gunns donating a total $66,736 to the Tasmanian Liberal Party due to an error on the AEC website, which listed the Liberal Party as the recipient of a $1986.30 donated to the Tasmanian Labor Party.

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