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Liberals Must Come Clean on Donations

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Saturday, 27 March 2021

Tags: Political Donations, Transparency, Electoral Reform

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Premier is being tricky about electoral donations.

While he’s announced donations of over $5000 to the Liberal Party will be declared within two days, millions in undisclosed donations have flowed in to Liberal coffers over the past three years.

Australian Electoral Commission returns since the last state election show a massive $10.2 million in undisclosed donations to the major parties. 

Tasmanians have a right to know where that money came from. They deserve to know which corporates donated to the Labor and Liberal parties - transparency and accountability are key to a healthy democracy, 

Labor haven’t disclosed 88% of their donations, and the Liberals, 78%.

Altogether, the source of 81% of donations to the major parties are unknown. 

The Liberals’ amount of undisclosed donations over the 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 financial years sits at $7.5 million. 

When Tasmanians go to the ballot box on 1 May, they will be in the dark about Labor and the Liberals’ corporate backers.

If Peter Gutwein wants Tasmanian voters to take him seriously on donations transparency, he should reveal details of the vast stash that’s already in the party account for this campaign. We also expect Labor to do the same.