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Queensland political donors to be disclosed before and during elections

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (19.7.16) on the state government’s announcement that it would implement real-time public disclosure of donations to political parties. This comes as Queensland’s Electoral Commission and the Crime and Corruption Commission announced investigations into donations to candidates standing recently for election to the Gold Coast City Council.

‘Real-time donation disclosures will be in place by the next Queensland election.

‘After years of lobbying, which intensified after the Newman government hitched the state donation declaration limit to the Commonwealth’s indexed threshold, raising it from $1000 to $12,800, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government would finally follow through on its commitment to independent MP Peter Wellington, 18 months after first making it, and introduce real-time disclosure.

‘”That means when voters go to the ballot box, they will be fully informed about who is donating to which candidates, and how much they’re donating,” Ms Palaszczuk told a budget estimates hearing on Tuesday.

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