The latest political donations scandal engulfing the major parties is further evidence of the need for far-reaching reform to clean up the political process, Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“From cash for access dinners to opaque lobbyist activities and enormous corporate donations, influence peddling in Australian politics is rife.
“The door has been left wide open for corporations and super rich individuals to distort the political process and skew decision making.
“Cashed up, powerful players and corporate interests are operating unchecked due to the failure of the Liberal, National and Labor parties to clean up politics. Those parties need to find some backbone and help us fast track reforms.
“We can’t take a selective view of donations issues. We need to look at the corrupting influence of political donations within Australia as well as from overseas.
“The Greens are calling for strict caps and bans on donations, lobbyist reform and a federal anti-corruption body.
“Lobbying reforms are long overdue and the case of Andrew Robb highlights the need for a cooling off period for former ministers. The Greens advocate a period of five years.
“What the public deserves is a commitment from all parties that they will back reforms that bring greater transparency and ensure corrupt MPs and public officials can be investigated and charged.
“The Greens will continue to push the opposition and government to support our national ICAC bill, currently before the Senate, and for political donations and lobbying reform,” Senator Rhiannon said.