Senate debates

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Donations to Political Parties

3:40 pm

Photo of Andrew MurrayAndrew Murray (WA, Australian Democrats) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That, in view of:
(a)
the instances of developers being identified in investigations into corrupt influence in local government, and other levels of government;
(b)
public and media perceptions of improper conduct and influence by developers; and
(c)
calls for donations, loans, gifts and favours from developers to be prohibited,

the Senate calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Rudd) to put this matter before the Council of Australian Governments, with a view to designing amendments to all federal, state and territory electoral laws no later than 1 December 2008 either:

(a)
prohibiting donations, loans, or gifts by developers, either directly or indirectly, to candidates or political parties at any level of government; or
(b)
significantly improving and harmonising law, regulation and governance in this area.

Question put.

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