It is time Labor showed some backbone on political donation reform, dropped their deceptive attacks on the Greens on the issue and worked collaboratively for far reaching reforms, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“Labor’s attacks on the Greens are a smoke screen to manage the fallout from their own donation scandals,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“Talk of political donation reform should not be used as a tactic to deflect the latest scandal. Reforms require action and need to go much further than a ban on overseas donations.
“The Dastyari donation scandal should be the wake-up call Labor needs to back a complete clean up of electoral funding laws.
“The track record of Labor on political donation reform is woeful. Time and time again they have been seduced by the hope of big money rather than give leadership.
“When Labor was in government from 2007 to 2013 and had the opportunity for an overhaul of political donations they failed to act.
“The Greens long held position is for a suite of complimentary measures that include caps on election expenditure, bans on donations from for-profit organisations and overseas donations, caps on donations from individuals and improved disclosure of all donations of $1000 or more in real time. This is what we will take into negotiations with the government and opposition.