Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Donations to Political Parties
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) in McCloy v New South Wales (2015), the High Court found that prohibiting political donations from a certain industry was permissible if the prohibition was proportionate to the risk of actual or perceived corruption,
(ii) a 2016 report from 350.org, found that fossil fuel companies would receive $7.7 billion in rebates and credits for the 2016-17 financial year, had made $3.7 million in political donations since the preceding election, and that this equated to $2,000 in rebates and credits for every $1 donated, and
(b) calls on the Government to prohibit political donations from mineral resources or mining industry business entities and their industry representative organisations.