The Greens have slammed a committee report recommending that the Senate votes down the Greens’ dirty donations bill, which would ban donations from mega corporations and cap total annual contributions at $1,000.
The Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee’s report on the Greens’ Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020 was tabled in the Senate last night.
Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on democracy, Senator Larissa Waters, said:
“The Greens are disappointed that the Coalition and Labor have recommended that the Senate votes down our dirty donations bill, but we’re not exactly surprised.
“Australians know that the big parties are in the pocket of their corporate mega-donors because they see them acting in their interests every single day. Corporations are getting richer while everyday Australians and the environment suffer.
“These companies don’t fork over tens of millions of dollars because they’re passionate about our democracy. They do it because it gets results. Because it makes them money.
“Political parties in Australia received $168 million in donations in the 2019-2020 financial year, and just 5% of donors accounted for half of declared donations. Donations to the two major parties tripled between the 2016 and 2019 elections.
“Our dirty donations bill would stop all political donations from industries with a track record of seeking to influence decisions: the mining, banking, gambling, alcohol, pharmaceutical, defence, tobacco and property development industries.
“It also caps all other donations at $3,000 per parliamentary term, so wealth doesn’t equate to influence.
“The major parties should listen to everyday Australians and join with the Greens to help clean up politics.”