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Tasmanian Liberals Rake in Donations, Declare Less than a Quarter

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

The latest Australian Electoral Commission disclosure returns reveal the State Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations in 2016-17, but only declared the sources for $498 000.*

Tasmanians have no idea which vested interests the remaining $1.89 million came from, and that is a taint on our democracy.

The Liberals are the singularly most secretive of all parties when it comes to the corporate sources of their funding.  That is why they continually resist donations' disclosure reform at a State level.

Greens Committed to Cleaning Up Tasmania's Democracy

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

Tasmania has the weakest political donations laws in the country and the Greens remain determined to deliver donations' reform to clean up Tasmania's democracy.

For too long, corporate donors wanting to protect their profits have used the money they tip in to the old parties as leverage for policy or legislative outcomes that are not in the best interests of the Tasmanian people.

Hodgman Must Act on Integrity Commission Recommendations, For Once

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

With the Hodgman Liberals in the spotlight over claims of nepotism and misconduct, the Integrity Commission’s recommendations released today are overdue.

It is well past time the Premier listened to, and acted on, the Commission’s advice for strengthening transparency, integrity and public confidence in government and Parliamentarians.

Hodgman’s Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

In the last sitting week of Parliament under the Hodgman Liberals, all the Premier’s chickens are coming home to roost.

After four years of dishonesty and spin, of refusing to accept any responsibility for problems and pointing the finger of blame at others, the Premier still spent all of question time today throwing accusations at the Greens and Labor and being loose with the truth about the circumstances surrounding the resignation of DPaC Secretary, Greg Johannes.

Buck Stops with Hodgman on Conflicts of Interests in State Service

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The findings of the Auditor-General's report into the appointment of senior public servants is concerning. It points to an ongoing problem the Liberals have in managing conflicts of interest, and we would support the Auditor-General in referring his report to the Integrity Commission.

Throughout this term of government, the Liberals have shown a disregard for proper process and the avoidance of conflict of interest within their own ranks.  This unhealthy political culture has been a hallmark of Will Hodgman's leadership.

Liberals Refuse to Back Donations Reform

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In Parliament today, the Liberals again voted for their own political self-interest and on behalf of their corporate donors, refusing to support donations' reform in Tasmania.

In a week where the Premier has failed to be transparent about a $30 000 donation from a Chinese owned company which ASIO warned about in 2015, it is no surprise the Liberals support the status quo, where voters don't know until 12-18 months after such a donation has been made.

TasTAFE Investigation Highlights Need for Crime of Misconduct in Public Office

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Education spokesperson

The investigation into TasTAFE has highlighted the need for there to be a crime of misconduct in public office on the Tasmanian statutes. This was one of the key recommendations of former Chief Commissioner of the Integrity Commission, Murray Kellam QC.

Without going to the specifics of the TasTafe investigation, including the crime of misconduct in public office in the Criminal Code would bring Tasmania in line with other States.

Westpac's Return on Investment for Donations to Tasmanian Liberals?

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Hodgman Government cannot be taken seriously on energy efficiency.

Having scrapped the Labor Green Government's large scale, free, energy efficiency scheme for households, community groups and small business, the Liberals have instead adopted a Harvey Norman style credit scheme to be run by Westpac.

All that is missing are the noisy advertisements, but the principles are identical.

Greens Welcome New Integrity Commission CEO

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Tasmanian Greens welcome the overdue appointment of a new CEO to head the State's Integrity Commission.

Richard Bingham is an outstanding appointment to the Integrity Commission, with strong credentials for the role.

The Hodgman Government has yet to implement all 55 recommendations of the Integrity Commission 5 yearly review.  With a new CEO, there should be no reason for any further delay.


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