Why are we having another election in Clarence that will cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands?
Steve Cansdell, Nationals' MP, resigned when he feared that his falsification of a statutory declaration in 2005 was about to be made public. Steve Cansdell had been appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Police.
Making a false statutary declaration is a serious offence.
'The former Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld was jailed in 2009 for falsifying a statutory declaration and lying about it under oath to avoid a $77 speeding fine.'
‘By resigning before any charge is laid, Mr Cansdell ensures he is entitled to a parliamentary pension of more than $80,000 a year.' The Daily Telegraph September 17
Read more: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/ofarrell-loses-mp-steve-cansdell-to-scandal/story-e6freuzi-1226139356743
Do you believe the Nationals are reformed?
Allegations have also been made that an office was rented to Steve Cansdell’s campaign at a rate considerably less than that of previous lessees. This could be an electoral funding offence. NSW election funding laws prohibit indirect donations of more than $1000 a financial year.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mp-paid-pittance-to-rent-election-office-20110920-1kjls.html#ixzz1ZfOLoaJG
The Greens are committed to:
• prohibiting political donations from corporations;
• adequate, fair and transparent public funding of all elections;
• prompt and transparent disclosure of all donations on a public website maintained by the electoral office;
• capping political donations at $10,000 per individual per year unless the individual is a member of the political party.
• introducing legislation to prevent retiring members of parliament entering employment for two years with any private organisation that could obtain an unfair advantage.
Read more: http://nsw.greens.org.au/policies/donations
Greens MPs have been campaigning to put an end to the subversion of democracy, banning corporate donations and improving public disclosure and accountability.
Visit the Greens donations website democracy4sale.org to see who gives to who.