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Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

Following Prime Minister Turnbull's encouraging comments about exploring 'more timely' political donations disclosure, Premier Hodgman should follow suit.

Donations' reform is fundamental to democracy, so voters can be fully informed about who gave how much, to which party, before an election.  It is about being open and transparent with the people you seek to represent.

Old Parties Refuse to Support Real Time Donations Disclosure

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Greens are disappointed both the Liberal and Labor Parties joined together, once again, to vote against donation transparency and democratic process.

Both the Liberal and Labor parties have voted to keep Tasmanians in the dark on donations.

As it currently stands, voters have to wait up to 18 months after an election to find out which corporate interests have donated to which political party.

The old parties seem to have a problem with openness when it comes to who is buying their favour.

Democracy Demands Transparency on Donations

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

First the ACT and now Queensland have committed to the real time publication of political donations rather than making voters wait up to 18 months to find out who gave how much to which party in the lead up to an election. 

It is well past time Tasmania did the same.

Under current Federal law and in Tasmania, voters went to the poll on 2 July having no idea who was seeking to buy influence with political parties or candidates.  Political donations at the State level are entirely unregulated.

Liberals Have No Mandate for Federal Deal

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Treasurer's Federal monopoly rhetoric in Parliament today remains empty and meaningless, despite its bombastic delivery.

The simple reality is that the Liberal Government has no mandate to roll over Federal Hotels' monopoly deed.

It is clear that the Liberals have once more rolled over to Federal and are using the MONA high roller proposal as a stalking horse to extend the socially-toxic monopoly deal.

Gutwein Preparing to Roll Over to Federal

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Teasury spokesperson

In Parliament today, Treasurer Peter Gutwein made it clear he is prepared to do Federal Hotels' bidding and extend the destructive gambling monopoly deal beyond 2018.

The Treasurer is using MONA’s desire to establish a boutique, high-rollers casino as a Trojan horse to extend the Federal monopoly deal which was negotiated and signed in secret back in 2003.

Democracy Still for Sale in Tasmania

Nick McKIm MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

The Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin has washed her hands of any significant reform including restoring the House of Assembly to 35, introducing state based political donations disclosure laws, and capping election expenditure.

Clearly improving Tasmania’s democracy is not on the Attorney-General’s to-do-list.

Tasmanians deserve to know who has donated how much to which political party or candidate before they vote.

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