Democracy is not for sale
Parliament should serve the best interests of all Australians. Those with money and wealth shouldn’t be able to buy political influence on issues that matter most, like global warming. The laws on political donations need to be cleaned up, just like the old polluting industries that exploit them.
Over the last 3 years that the Liberals have accepted $2,365,250, Labor have accepted $1,108,528, and the Nationals have accepted $221,787 from fossil fuel companies. That’s almost $3.7 million of influence that clouds politicians' judgment when debating crucial issues like our sustainable energy future.
It is clear that reliance on this money has sapped the vitality and integrity of Australia’s response to global warming. Billions of dollars in wasteful government subsidies continue to flow to these polluting, dying industries. Meanwhile, clean, emerging industries and the thousands of jobs they can provide remain hamstrung by a lack of support.
In order for Australia to transition to a clean economy, it is essential that all parties cooperate to break the fossil fuel political donations arms race. At the 2016 election, the Greens will be working with the community to call on other parties to clean up the political process.
Exposing fossil fuel donations
The Greens are calling on the Liberal and Labor parties to clean up their act by not taking dirty money from the big end of town.
The public also has a right to know which polluting industries are making big donations – we’re calling for disclosure from political parties before the election, so that voters can make up their own mind about what they are really getting when they cast their vote on election day.
A National Anti Corruption Commission
The Greens have also committed to establishing a national corruption watchdog to clean up politics. We know that corruption doesn’t stop at state borders, yet right now the Federal government is the only jurisdiction without a corruption watchdog to prevent corruption and investigate allegations of misconduct.
Fixing donation laws
The Greens’ donations reform Bills would clean up the corrupting influence of political donations through a combination of greater transparency measures and bans on donations from industries that have an unsavoury track record in influencing decision makers.
The Greens Donations Reform Bill would ban political donations from mining, development, tobacco, alcohol and gambling industries.
The Greens’ Political Donations Enhancing Transparency Bill resets the disclosure threshold at $1000; prevents ‘donation splitting’ by requiring all donations from a single donor in one financial year to be accumulative; bans donations from foreign interests; bans all anonymous gifts above $50; and tightens up penalties.