Media Release 24 June 2012
The NSW National Party wants to take NSW back to the bad old days of hundreds of thousands of dollars of developer, tobacco industry, gambling and alcohol cash corrupting public decisions, according to Greens NSW MP
Dr Kaye said: "The Nationals are suffering withdrawal symptoms.
"While the junior Coalition partner might be missing the cash, politics in NSW is better off without the corrupting influence of backdoor donations.
"The Nationals want to open a loophole that would allow a political party
to pick up hundreds of thousands of dollars from each of these industries.
"The 2009 and 2010 bans were designed to allow decisions on developments
and controlling the social damage of alcohol, tobacco and gambling to be
made without the influence of donations from those industries.
"Now the Nationals want to open the floodgates.
"Under the Nationals' proposal, each of British American Tobacco's seven
directors could donate $5,000 in each financial year, giving the
Nationals's election war chest $140,000 worth of reasons to oppose stronger
tobacco control measures.
"The intent of the 2010 amendment moved by the Greens and supported by
Labor was to protect politics from the influence of these industries and
their appetite for capturing potential addicts.
"The Nationals want to cut open a loophole that would have the same effect
as allowing these industries to donate the hundreds of thousands of dollars
they are used to.
"Development decisions would again be biased against the community and
tobacco, alcohol and gambling control measures would be compromised.
"Even a single developer donation of $5,000 can purchase a lot of influence
at a local government election.
"Premier Barry O'Farrell should rule out any change to the law that would
weaken the protections put in place in 2009 and 2010," Dr Kaye said.
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455
Greens NSW MP
phone: 0407 195 455